A legislative panel reviewing state-run attractions now says two historic sites in Eastern Carolina should not close.
Staff members for the subcommittee of the Legislature's fiscal management panel had recommended closing the Richard Caswell Memorial in Kinston and the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.
But the subcommittee decided against the two closings. The Caswell site is a shrine to the state's first governor.
Both attractions have below-average attendance compared to other state museums and historic sites. But local boosters have opposed closing them, saying it would discourage tourism and economic development in eastern North Carolina and close an eye to state history.
The subcommittee's recommendations now go to the full panel, which will provide guidance to the General Assembly when it makes budget decisions in a few months.