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May 5, 2017 · OPINION

Keep Brentmoor as tourism “economic engine” for town

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Visitors tour the former Mosby museum at Brentmoor in 2013.
By Scott Van Ness
Warrenton

I urge the Warrenton Town Council to support the vision of its predecessors and approve the use of Brentmoor/Mosby House as an economic engine for history tourism.

After attending council meetings and hearing presentations of expert opinions by highly qualified specialists supporting its use as a town asset, it is hard to understand the lack of support. We are surrounded by towns and counties that effectively use their history and town centers to attract tourism.

Over the last four years, the Commonwealth of Virginia received billions of dollars from heritage tourism. John Singleton Mosby is one of the most recognized figures of the Civil War, yet little effort is made to capitalize on his worldwide fame.

Energize and diversify the economy of Old Town Warrenton by approving this turnkey property to be used for its intended purpose. How can the many private and public donors, who have supported the restoration of Brentmoor, support other initiatives, if the town council fails to complete this mission?

Please, step forward now. Support Brentmoor as a key element of the historic preservation and revitalization of Old Town Warrenton.
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Freedom warrior · May 7, 2017 at 7:36 pm
Shanta Shanks raises an interesting possibility in her Facebook post. The Town should look into that as a possibility for the museum. 18500+ per month is a chunk of change that could easily keep the museum open. Shanta - can you reach out to your council member.
BJ · May 6, 2017 at 10:16 pm
My Mom says add a Tea and Tour Program then you might be onto something. A museum only is not going to draw the people. Design a beautiful garden around the property with native plants, and a cottage garden type atmosphere (tea in the garden anyone?). Make it a destination of history for the mind and pleasure for the palate.
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