Value In Heritage Preservation Based Tourism has been discussed at a recent meeting of Connecticut municipal historians.

New Englanders must live by their wits because they lack many natural resources. Heritage preservation based tourism is one of the ways we can build our economies using our wits. Massachussets may seem to have co-opted the American Revolution, but the other colonies have just as much right and just as much to gain by developing their resources of Revolutionary heritage.

The development of a tourism route along the Revolutionary Road is a linkage that by proxy will allow each state to share the benefits of the heritage of the other states along the route. It will be a national trail with the exquisite Newport mansions of Rhode Island at one end and historic Williamsburg and Yorktown at the other. Each state will have major benefits from this partnership and it will open up not only American tourism, but most certainly foreign tourism.

The director of the Northeast Connecticut Visitors District, Nini Davis, has a new tourism booklet entitled Revolutionary Road. It listed 29 structures in northeastern Connecticut linked to the Revolution and the roads the patriots traveled.

This partnership is growing in historical, cultural, and now in economic directions. At some point the cultural and historical re-enactor activities will need to be coordinated along the path. At this time many cultural and historical organizations are just beginning to inform one other, but eventually there will be a need for coordination through the tourism districts to reap the benefits of herritage conservation.

Heritage preservation based tourism has the multiple benefits of preserving important concepts of liberty, conserving the environment and villages, while creating an economy in which these historic assets begin to pay there own way.

In order to preserve the entire route, historians, re-enactors, and French Cultural organizations in other states must form partnerships and find a state legislator to champion the effort to set asside funds to do the listing. In Connecticut, State Representative Pamela Sawyer had to introduce the legislation three times before it was approved. Then it takes another two or three years to document and register the route.
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