Waynesboro Closer to Gaining New Museum

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- The City of Waynesboro is one step closer to hosting a satellite location for the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

The museum, based in Martinsville, has been considering adding a Waynesboro branch for over a year now.

Just last week, a subcommittee made up of Waynesboro City officials reported to the museum's board of directors.

"We've certainly talked about our access, our access not only from the Interstate location, access to the river and natural resources because the museum will be focused on natural resources, the natural forest, Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, all of those things we have here," said Greg Hitchin, the director of economic development.

Hitchin said a feasibility study found the museum could bring $20,000 a year in revenue to the city.

That study also predicted 65,000 people would visit the museum's Waynesboro location annually.

The subcommittee will report back to the museum's board in February, which is when Hitchin expects a final vote on the project.

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