By Site Superintendent Cynde Georgen; from Trail End Notes, July 2006
EARLY IN THE summer of 2006, the Trail End staff took six years worth of visitor sign-in sheets and studied them in hopes of finding out something about our visitors – not only where they were from, but what they thought of Trail End.
Out of 567 written comments, a full twenty-five percent described the home as:
This could go to our head! Another fifty percent included such adjectives as Amazing, Awesome, Best, Breathtaking, Charming, Cool, Delightful, Enjoyable, Excellent, Exceptional, Extraordinary, Fabulous, Fantastic, Fascinating, First Class, Grand, Great, Impressive, Incredible, Marvelous, Magnificent, Neat, Outstanding, Overwhelming, Pleasant, Remarkable, Super, Stunning, Spectacular, Spiffy, Stupendous, Superb, Terrific, Unbelievable, Very Good, Very Nice, and/or Wonderful.
Very nice to hear, indeed! But since we don’t want to be known for our good looks alone, we also looked for comments about our exhibits. These, too, were very gratifying:
Several visitors commented on how well the facility is maintained:
As for our preservation efforts, those did not go unnoticed:
Lucky us that you visited! Speaking of visitors, the last six years have brought visitors from all over the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. From Macedonia to Zimbabwe, India to Luxembourg, Argentina to China, Trail End hosts nearly 15,000 visitors a year. We don’t always know what they’re saying, but we love getting their comments:
Okay – so that last one isn’t foreign! But you get the drift.
Sometimes, the words that people write on our sign-in sheet come at just the right time, making us feel that all the work has been worthwhile. Here are a few examples:
No - thank you! We couldn’t have done it without you - all of our visitors, all of our volunteers, all of our supporters throughout the community and around the world!
State Historic Site
(Trail End Collection)