(Corinth, MS) The government shutdown is impacting tourism and the people who depend on tourist dollars to make a living.
National parks are closed, including Shiloh National Military Park and Battlefield in west Tennessee.
Civil War cannons on Shiloh Battlefield sit silent — they have for more than a hundred and fifty years.
Now, thanks to the federal government’s shutdown, the entire park is quiet.
Roads are blocked by barricades and signs plainly say why the historic park and battlefield is closed.
Civil War buffs and tourists are letting their frustrations be heard at the Crossroads Museum in nearby Corinth, Miss.
Brandy Steen is Executive Director of The Crossroads Museum.
“They’re upset because they cannot get to the areas that they want to. And there’s no point in taking it out on us. We didn’t do it,” Steen said.
She said the government shutdown is starting to cause the museum to lose money,
“People will plan their entire trip on Shiloh and coming to Corinth. And if they cannot get to Shiloh, then why even come to Corinth?”
The Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, also run by the National Park Service, is closed as well.
It’s the one hundred and fifty-first anniversary of the Battle of Corinth
and National Park Service employees were supposed to hold educational programs for visitors at The Crossroads Museum.
“It was fought on October 3rd and 4th of 1862. And the Rangers were going to lead programs talking about the Battle. And taking them to different places. But we don’t have that right now,” Brandy Steen said.
Thursday, Mike Zavadil and Brian Borrhello were touring The Crossroads Museum.
The two men work for Alego Health, a consulting service from Westlake, Ohio.
They are in Corinth, along with a team of employees, to provide services for the local hospital.
They were looking forward to learning more about Civil War history while in Corinth.
But Mike Zavadil said the government shutdown has now changed their plans.
“We have 35, 40 people here that are going to be here for three weeks with very little to do. And this was one of the big things that was a selling point for our people. And we got some pretty excited people who are disappointed that they’re not going to get to see them,” Mike Zavadil said.
Tennessee Highway 22, which runs north and south through the park area, will stay opened.
But a portion of Tennessee Highway 142 will be closed where it connects with Highway 22 near Shiloh park.