Donald L. Rockey Jr.
University of Mississippi
University of Northern Iowa
ATTITUDES OF LOCAL RESIDENTS TO RECREATION AND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT OF FREDERICKSBURG/SPOTSYLVANIA; A CASE STUDY
Many national military parks today are threatened by such issues as urban sprawl and commercial development. Local residents can play an integral role in minimizing or exaggerating these planning issues. The purpose of this case study was to measure the local residents’ attitudes toward a national military park in order to identify these development issues. Survey respondents (n= 115) were residents who lived near the park. Although the majority of the respondents felt that the benefits of the park outweighed the negative impacts, and in particular that historical preservation was important for the town and park, differences were found in the respondents’ attitudes.
Keywords: National Military Park, Civil War, Preservation, Tourism, Attitudes, Local Residents.
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