Civil War historic home receives tourism aid

BY LENA MITCHELL

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – New banners directing tourists to the historic Verandah-Curlee House Museum are aimed at shoring up its declining attendance.

The Corinth Area Tourism Promotional Council voted during its regular meeting Tuesday to award the Verandah-Curlee House Museum $1,240 to purchase eight banners for display throughout the city. The banners replace others that became obsolete when the Civil War Interpretive Center moved into a separate facility away from the house's Bunch Street grounds.

The tourism board approved the grant with the stipulation that the banners must not violate the new city sign ordinance.

The city ordinance makes provision for directional signs used by city agencies and other public bodies, said city attorney Bill Odom.

When making the funding request, Verandah-Curlee House board president James “Sonny” Boatman presented information showing how significant the drop in visits at Veranda-Curlee has been since last summer's opening of the Interpretive Center.

The Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center is operated by the National Park Service as an extension of Shiloh National Military Park.

In the early months of its opening, park rangers at the Interpretive Center were required to direct visitors to Shiloh and not to historic downtown Corinth.

The situation has eased and Verandah-Curlee House brochures are displayed at the Interpretive Center. However, during the winter months when visits are lower at all the facilities, Verandah-Curlee has not seen improved visitation as yet.

Contact Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com