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Visitor center grand opening held

By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com

STRASBURG -- Town officials held a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Gateway to Shenandoah Visitor Center at Hupp's Hill Civil War Park on Saturday morning.

Assistant Town Manager Greg Martin said the plan is to get the center certified by the state, which will enable the town to place signs on Interstate 81, attracting even more people.

In its first few weeks, about 25 people a day stop in to find brochures and get advice from two part-time staff members, he said.

The grand opening was a part of a series of events held by the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, which is leasing the former Stonewall Jackson Museum on Old Valley Pike and partnered with Strasburg on the visitor center. The facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Wednesdays and Thursdays.


What about the Cedar Creek Visitors Center building, opposite Belle Grove on Route 11 in Middletown? All the money spent to buy and maintain that eyesore should have gone into purchasing more battlefield land or making the land around the Heater House accessible to the public who paid for it. As it is now, many years after the fight to save the Heater House portion of the battlefield, there are no walking trails or informational signs on that part of the property. The only time all that core battlefield acreage is open to the public is during the reenactment--which was started to save land, not purchase run-down buildings with no historic value whatsoever.

If I were a tourist, I'd take one look at all the fast food places, the Ramada tower (or whatever it is) and take my sightseeing elsewhere.

Don't be so hard on the Ramada tower barbp. Think positive. The town wants to keep the tourist dollars here. Why not add another 20 or 30 more stories to the tower so the tourist wouldn't have to go any further than Strasburg. They could then see all the battlefields from here and the bonus would be that they would be so wore out from climbing stairs they would have to stay here for days to recoup.

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