December 27, 2012

Regarding the Dec. 23 front-page article “Preserving the future of the past,” about the lackluster attendance figures at historic house museums in Virginia and beyond:

Here’s a concept that is working well for the C&O Canal National Historical Park. In 2007, the Canal Trust founded the Canal Quarters interpretive program, which offers stays of up to three nights so that visitors can experience life as it was lived in any of six original lockhouses, restored in partnership with the National Park Service to various periods in the history of the canal.

This approach could boost the revenue of places such as the Berkeley Plantation, near Williamsburg. Perhaps parts of the mansion could be partitioned off, or structures on the property could be converted into guest houses.

Jeff White, Silver Spring

The writer is a volunteer quartermaster in the Canal Quarters program.