The federal stormtroopers have retreated from Mount Vernon, but the government shutdown continues to lock down other popular Virginia tourist sites — even those operated by the state -- Watchdog.org reported Wednesday.
The NPS realized it blundered when rangers blocked access to George Washington’s Mount Vernon home. Though the feds own the parking lots, they backed off after realizing the homestead is owned by the private Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.
National Review reports that the state-operated Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean remains closed.
“In all the years I have worked with the National Park Service, I have never worked with a more arrogant, arbitrary and vindictive group representing the NPS,” said Anna Eberly, who manages the facility.
The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company manages a herd of roughly 130 ponies on the island’s national wildlife refuge, which has been closed to the public since the shutdown began last week, the Associated Press reported.
“Fall Round Up has been canceled due to the childish, idiotic actions of our government,” says a post on the fire company’s Facebook page.
The fire company gives the ponies a medical checkup each year before winter, said Denise Bowden, the fire company’s incoming president. Bowden said her team still could access the island during the shutdown if a pony needed medical attention, but the annual roundup would need to be rescheduled.
“They’re a national treasure, and now, just like the seashore, they’re being blocked off to the public,” she fumed.
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