Museum Of Confederacy Adopts Plan That Doesn't Include Lexington

The opponents of the Museum of the Confederacy locating in Lexington must be breathing a sigh of relief this week after the organization made public a plan to make its civil war treasures more readily available to the public, but at what may be called "satellite" locations.

Lexington apparently is not one of those, but Appomattox and Chancellorsville are.

Museum officials indicated that its research library, preservation efforts and collections storage and preservation will remain in Richmond.

Lexington area tourism officials tried to broker a deal earlier this year to bring the museum to Lexington with the current Rockbridge County Circuit Courthouse the selected site.

Substantial opposition developed and redesigning the old courthouse to fit the needs of the operation apparently did suit the organization.

The proposed two new satellite museums might cost as much as $5 million each to construct with museum officials hoping to get some help from the Virginia General Assembly. The organization apparently lost several hundred thousand dollars in its last fiscal year.

In its search to expand from its relatively cramped Richmond quarters, the organization considered offers and plans from at least 10 Virginia localities.

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