- Civil War center at Corinth should open in July The sunherald - Mar. 17, 2004 CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - The National Park Service has tentatively scheduled theMessage 1 of 1 , Mar 30 9:17 PMView Source
Civil War center at Corinth should open in July
The sunherald - Mar. 17, 2004
CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - The National Park Service has tentatively scheduled the grand opening of Civil War Interpretive Center at the Corinth battlefield site for July.
The date - sometime between July 19-31 - depends in part on the schedules of state and national dignitaries, who will be invited to attend, Stacy Allen, chief ranger at Shiloh National Military Park, told a group of volunteers with Alcorn County Team to Implement Opportunities Now.
Tourists to the center are expected to pump $14 million into the local economy each year, said Rosemary Williams, chairwoman of the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission.
The commission has been the guiding force behind historic preservation efforts and successfully obtained funding for the $9.5 million interpretive center and another $2 million for a 20-mile hiking-biking trail and downtown trail park. The trail links historic Civil War sites, including 16 historic landmarks, with the interpretive center at Battery Robinett.
The center will be operated as a satellite of the Shiloh Park and six or seven Shiloh employees will be relocated to Corinth to staff it initially, Allen said.
Officials expect 250,000 tourists a year to visit the center.
"Come July, we are expecting thousands of visitors," said Allen. "We want everything to be just right for them."
An economic impact study involved 4,088 Corinth battlefield visitors in 2003. Most visitors are Civil War buffs and 88 percent have visited other battlefields.