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Shiloh National Military Park Reopens

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

SHILOH, Tenn- Employees at Hagy's Catfish Hotel, Shiloh's only restaurant, are preparing for a busy weekend now that people can visit the newly reopened Shiloh National Military Park.

"We're expecting a big turnout since the park is reopen," Barbara McCafee, a manager at the restaurant said. "We get many parties and groups from visitors of the park."

Thousands of people from all over the world visit the park during the summer and beginning of fall; and business owners said they wish it would have been a quicker outcome; but for some out-of-state visitors, the reopening was right on time.

"At first I was upset because I thought we couldn't go," Caroline Carey, whose family is visiting from Montana said. "But now I'm happy because we could come today."

For park rangers and business owners, they said they're just happy they can finally say to visitors that Shiloh National Park is back open.

Shiloh was closed for 16 days due to the partial government shutdown. A deal to reopen was reached on Wednesday night.