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Archive for April 29th, 2009

Myth #5:

Nobody visits the Wilderness Battlefield National Park.

Reality:

The Wilderness Battlefield is the most visited tourist attraction in Orange County, attracting over twice as many tourists each year as Montpelier or wineries.  The Wilderness Battlefield received over 200,000 visitors in 2008, and Montpelier received approximately 78,000 visitors and the wineries around 100,000.  It not only makes sense to protect the battlefield from a historic standpoint, but it clearly makes good economic sense as well.  The battlefield is a national treasure and needs to protected for future generations to visit and enjoy.

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Myth #4:

The Wilderness Battlefield Coalition is anti-Walmart.

Reality:

The Wilderness Battlefield Coalition is opposed to any large-scale development at the site currently proposed by Walmart for its Supercenter.  The Coalition would be equally opposed to a Target or Lowe’s (or any big-box store) at that location.  The opposition has nothing to do with the Walmart company – only with where they want to build a store.  The Coalition has repeatedly stated that it has no problem with a Walmart in Orange County if it does not negatively impact the Wilderness Battlefield.

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