In the case of the Crater PDC, the consultants said that they need to not hide their assets, historic and otherwise, and need to work to create visitor friendly environments.
If we do indeed get the throngs of visitors that are predicted in 2007, let us hope that every locality and region has leadership in place to realize that working together to create a more positive experience for visitors will enhance the experience not only for one time or repeat visitors, but for locals as well. This really should be a no brainer.
Our “Guess What” from last
issue was a little tricky, but some enterprising folks guessed correctly that the object in the photo was a “fainting couch.” These are found in many state office buildings, and we used to see them in most of the older courthouses. They are almost exclusively found in ladies rest rooms. In studying courthouse ladies rooms for their amenities many years ago, we discovered that most of the ones that were the nicest and the most “vintage” (ancient) contained fainting couches. In the turn of the last century as more
and more females entered the workforce for the first time, male employers and doctors at the time warned about the fragility of the female physique. In order to prevent collapses on the workforce floor, ladies rooms were equipped like little emergency rooms, complete with smelling salts and fainting couches.
We were sad when we interviewed Department of General Services Director Jim Roberts and he said these pieces of history (like the one we showed from the Washington Building on Capitol Square) probably will end up in state surplus for sale. We are hoping to track one down. Although, if you have ever tried to access the DGS Surplus part of that agency’s website, we very well may need a fainting couch before it’s all over. We will keep you posted on our progress.
In the meantime, we are pleased
to announce that Judy Hudgins of the Department of Education, Peggy Crane, CMC the deputy clerk in Culpeper County, and Freddie M. Adcock who is assistant to the director of the Virginia Department of General Services correctly identified the fainting couch in the photo. They will win a free one year subscription to the Virginia Review. Congratulations winners! VR
Editor’s note: While writing this column, Craig Meadows, who has been Bedford City Manager for seven years announced he has accepted a position in North Carolina. A good friend, and genial host, we will miss him greatly, but wish him and his family the best. Cole Hendrix, long time Charlottesville City Manager, is now Orange Town Manager. Also, the Alleghany County Administrator Tammy D. Stephenson and Assistant County Administrator Rick Hall were let go by the board of supervisors.
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