After putting together a tourism strategic plan over the holidays, the Clarke County and Berryville Town governments are working together to elect a tourism board of directors.
"The tourism board is being recruited right now,” said Diana Kincannon, the Chairman of the Board at Barns at Rose Hill.
The Barns, as they are affectionately called by locals, houses the county’s only
“There will be a meeting on Friday morning between town and county representatives and The Barns. And that will be an initial meeting, a kickoff meeting,” Kincannon said with a smile.
Along with getting
"We can't really move forward without some sort of venue that can accommodate folks,” said Berryville’s Assistant Town Planner Christy Dunkle. “It's going to benefit the existing businesses that are here, and [they can host] larger events that they can't accommodate now."
They hope to target civil war enthusiasts with their preserved battlefields, outdoor and athletic types with hiking and biking tours, and young professionals looking for day trips away from city life.
"This is not a magical happenstance that this is still rural, within the metropolitan statistical area of
They hope to select local tourism professionals from historic sites and bed and breakfasts to sit on the new board of directors.
"A marketing plan will come out of that tourism board and in addition [they will take] care of technical requirements, such as signage that will be needed on the highways,” Kincannon said.
Because tourism is a relatively new priority, any financial allotment from local governments has yet to be decided.
To gather footage for this story, Merris visited the locations listed below. We’ve included them here for your convenience.
Barns of Rose Hill
Holy Cross Abbey
Burwell Morgan Mill
The Locke Store
Long Branch Historic
Crossed Racquet Inn at Twin Gates Bed and Breakfast
Old Chapel and
Intersection of Route 340 and Route 255.
Blandy Experimental Farm