WHAT USES IN THE "OFF" SEASON?
Use as motion picture set.
Winter/Christmas in the County.
ECAHC, Inc, would suggest that the development of the Potter Flats be played off the historical aspects of the area and seek to host tour groups and special interest groups. For example, there are a variety of historical time frames, i.e., early pioneer, Native American, Civil War, post Civil War, and pre industrial. We should therefore seek to work with organizations representative of these interests for mutually beneficial gatherings.
HOW WOULD IT BENEFIT LOCAL ECONOMY?
ECAHC, Inc, would encourage local enterprise to promote the historical associations. Preservation of older buildings should be encouraged. New construction should be in such a style as to promote the historical characteristics we wish to portray.
We should seek to appeal narrowly along historical associations, but at a world wide scope. We should be uniquely ourselves. We should seek to advertise widely and draw tourism form outside the Appalachian area. We should provide a novel experience -- a departure from the hectic 21" century to a time more simple and tranquil -- but also exciting.
It would be appropnate to encourage the local production of suitable items for sale to the tourist trade in cottage industries. The range of possible products is astounding. In the past, too much emphasis has been placed onjunk items of little value. ECAIIC, Inc., would encourage an emphasis on quality merchandise at realistic prices. Patch work quilts bought for less than $50.00 locally, sell for hundreds of in larger American cities. If tourists from those cities could be enticed to this area, those dollars would benefit the entire region and state. Moreover, the industrial base for the production of suitable products is afready in existence, but largely unused. For example, there are numerous dental labs in the Appalachian region. As these produce metal dental appliances they could also produce quality jewelry in precious or semi-precious metals, in appropriate designs. The production of secondary items for a ready market would make profitable slack periods in their primary enterprise.
Aso, a famous Kentucky trademark, the "Long Rifle", can be produced today just as it was 200 or more years ago. Quality rifles sell for a thousand or more dollars. The hand crafting of a Kentucky long rifle would be a most informative and interesting "living history" display as well as lucrative to the craftsman.
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