REPORT: Shutter Memorial To State's First Governor

A state watchdog agency says the historic site honoring North Carolina's first governor should be closed.

The report by the legislature's Program Evaluation Division report says the Richard Caswell Memorial in Kinston should be closed once the remnants of the C.S.S. Neuse are moved to a new site.

As a colonial lawmaker, Caswell introduced the bill establishing the town of Kingston in 1762. Later he served six one-year terms as governor both during and after the Revolutionary War.

The report also wants to close the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, and reduce operating hours at seven other locations to reduce operating expenses at attractions with high costs and low visitor traffic. They estimate saving $2 million annually with the closings.

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  • by Anon on Feb 15, 2012 at 10:26 AM
    Again, the comments demonstrate the remarkable ignorance and not so subtle racism of the posters. WITN should do a better job of monitoring offensive posts.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM
    We don't need a governor or half the politicians in Raleigh. Audit all welfare recipients and people on disability particularly the ones that you see out hunting and doing things they should not be able to do. They are thieves stealing from us. Take away all free cell phones and stop most medicaid waste. Put welfare people to work on the roads to replace some of the state employees and city workers. Too many people wanting a free ride so stop the waste and put some money back into education. Give the working tax payers a break.
  • by jg Location: coastal on Feb 14, 2012 at 02:19 PM
    Cuts need to start in Raleigh others areas from state parks,museums,law enforcement and may others departments.Think ! The museum in Elizabeth City has been completed long,now close it?Schools at one would attend museums free of charge most of the time.WE hear cuts ,cuts and cuts where are childs to work one day.It's slso save education but cut others.What jobs or $$$ have been are going to be cut in Raleigh? Many smaller museums are better than the state museums in Raleigh. Many buildings in Raleigh are wasted space and grand looking buildings.What nice offices and art work. How about get back to some basic needs to save.Schools use so much copy paper for each child why not use the books? Sometimes 2 books for the same subject(same book one for home and school)Why?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM
    shutter the global transpark. Hundreds of millions per year to keep the fields in nice shape. building a railroad to the empty fields, a six lane hiway, to nowhere. Why can everyone see the waste but the politicians.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Feb 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM
    I guess some of you missed the section where they mention that NOBODY GOES TO THESE PLACES!!! They are not sustainable just like Tryon Palace. If people cared they would go. Why should we waste millions on these places?
  • by OMG - Obama Must Go Location: Greenville, NC on Feb 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM
    How about this state watchdog agency go look at the extreme numbers of illegal aliens in North Carolina that are costing us millions of dollars in welfare, free medical, food stamps. etc. How about putting a shutter on that. It ain't a republican or democratic thing, it is an American thing. Every town has little mexico. I don't push one for English. That is the language learn it or leave. Some many poor programs out there costing the taxpayer dollars for nothing.
  • by KG on Feb 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM
    The museum of the Albemarle was just remodeled a few years ago and it looks like it cost a pretty penny, inside and out. Now they want to shut it down?!?!
  • by Dave Location: Winterville on Feb 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM
    Can we have one year where we are not trying to shut down everything great in this state? Please?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM
    I think someone should invesitgate why this museum is in Elizabeth City. It is huge for a city of its size. If it were not for the schools doing field trips there, they couldn't justify keeping it open. If you want to keep it open, do it on contributions. We lost the Turnage Theatre in downtown recently to cost of operations. This is the link to the museum;
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      by Sparky on Feb 14, 2012 at 05:11 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      All North Carolina museums should either be closed or privatized. The state should not be competing with private enterprise, and that includes the zoo in Asheboro.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:14 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      How much are you giving?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2012 at 11:09 AM
    how about shuttering the present governors mansion. Lots of savings there.
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