Historic sites struggle during downturn

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As the recession continues and Americans look for cheaper local summer getaways, historic sites are seeing visitor traffic tick

up, and hope attendance will help them offset the painful drop in donations.

“Investment income is down and giving is certainly affected in a climate like this. Like many historic sites, we don’t have the margins to adjust, but we are optimistic that attendance will stay high,” said Leslie Green Bowman, president of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and a member of the National Historic Trust.


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Abigail Bassett is a full-time freelance journalist, content creator, and television and video host whose work has appeared in publications like Forbes, Fortune, Automobile, Motor Trend, Money Magazine, and on CNN. Her passion is telling unique stories using a variety of media and taking the visitor places that they have never been–whether it’s into the cockpit of a rare supercar, inside an exclusive home or hotel, or behind the scenes of a fashionable event. She is also a Yoga Alliance Registered 200-hour yoga teacher.

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