About 1.2 million visitors flocked to the battlefields in 2013, spending more than
Eisenhower National Historic Site also experienced about a 10 percent increase in visitation between 2012 and 2013, as well as a 12 percent increase in visitor spending.
These increases set the
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The park drew in about 111,000 visitors during the three-day sesquicentennial celebration of the Battle of
Other parks, by contrast, experienced about a 3 percent decrease in visitation between 2012 and 2013, likely because of the government shutdown and closures caused by Hurrican Sandy, the report states.
Still, the park more than made up for that loss throughout the rest of the year, Lawhon said.
In 2014, visitation and visitor spending will undoubtedly be lower than the sesquicentennial year, but they might surpass 2012, she said. The year started off slow because of the excessive snow and cold temperatures, but the battle anniversary drew in about 2,000 more visitors this year than it did in 2012.
"We've had mixed results, so I guess we'll see what the rest of the year has in store," Lawhon said.
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