Since last December, officials in Jefferson County, W.Va., have been working to preserve a state-run visitors center near Harpers Ferry, W.Va. which serves an estimated 300,000 tourists a year. The problem is they don't seem to be getting much help from the state.
The center is located at the intersection of U.S. 340 and Washington Street near Harpers Ferry, in a chalet-style structure built in 1990 as a joint venture that allowed the Division of Tourism to rent the first floor for $150 a month.
The upstairs was occupied by Cedar Images, Inc., which was purchased seven years ago by Victoria Drumheller, who doubled the visitor center's rent last June.
That prompted state Tourism Commissioner Alisa Bailey to announce in December that the center would close the next month, in part because the department didn't want to share space with a commercial business. The lack of a fire escape and handicapped access were also cited as problems.