County plans tourism growth in coming year | Local

Perquimans County is looking for someone with experience in the tourism and hospitality industry to join the panel that is working to boost tourism in the county.

There is an opening within the County Tourism Development Authority for an “industry representative” – someone involved in the tourism and hospitality industry.

The slot is reserved for someone whose company collects the occupancy tax, which is the source of income that finances the promotion of tourism.

Perquimans County Commissioner Alan Lennon, who chairs the TDA, mentioned the openness of the industry representative in comments at the Board of Commissioners meeting earlier this month.

As the schedule moves forward into early 2022, the TDA is particularly focused on working with Director of Tourism Stacey Layden, who took office on September 1, to develop a new Perquimans County Heritage Museum.

The museum, which will be housed in a county-owned building at 104 Dobbs Street, will feature the Jim “Catfish” Hunter collection from the former Catfish Hunter Museum in the Perquimans County Chamber building, as well as additional exhibits focusing on the history of the county. . .

Earlier this year, the House donated the Hunter collection to the county.

Layden and others involved in the development of the museum noted that aspects of the county’s rich history include African-American history, Quaker history, and colonial history.

Layden said shortly after accepting the tourism job that she believed history was the biggest draw for visitors.

Sites significant to the county’s history include the Newbold-White House, the Union Colored Soldiers Monument on King Street, the historic downtown Hertford district and the second oldest courthouse in the Condition still used regularly.

The Newbold-White House is the oldest surviving brick plantation house in the state.

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