Monocacy National Battlefield sees increase in visitors

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One historical National Battlefield in Frederick County, Maryland, saw a record amount of visitors in 2017. 

Monocacy National Battlefield is attracting visitors now more than ever. 

In 2017, the park saw more than 100,000 visitors, an increase of more than 20,000 visits, comparing to 2016. 

“We have been doing a lot more outreach and trying to work within the community to bring visitor to the park,” said Nissa Fink, Chief of Resource Education and Visitor Services at Monocacy National Battlefield. 

From working with local schools to non profit organizations, visiting the National Battlefield is one way to learn about the battlefield, but also explore nature throughout the six historical properties. 

“Wither you are interested in the civil war or not, you can walk the trails and the view is great,” said one park visitor, Daniel Conner. 

Recently, officials with the battlefield have been trying to reach new audiences by holding different events each month. 

Another initiative that officials are working on is how people arrive to the battlefield, not only by land, but water too. 

Officials said they have been working on a new access plan involving the Monocacy River and a non-motorized boat launch including: kayakers, canoers, and tubers. 

“It is a safe place for them to put in and take out here in the battlefield and to also help reach some of those visitors as well,” said Fink. 

Fink said officials just started the process to figure out the new boat launch, many details are still unknown. 

Officials said that they hope by increasing their trail system and diversifying their programs, more people will come to visit. 

“The little ones [National Battlefields] are as nice as the big ones usually, sometimes even better,” said Conner. 

According to National Park Officials, visitors who visited the National Parks spend over $18 billion. And of that, Monocacy National Battlefield contributed over $7 million. 

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