Poplar Hill Mansion reopens, experiencing financial challenges due to pandemic
SALISBURY, Md. – Poplar Hill Mansion has reopened for tours but officials say they’re still feeling the negative effects of the pandemic.
If you visit the museum for a tour you’ll notice some changes: there are now social distancing guides marked with tape on the floor, they’ve roped off furniture to prevent people from sitting and only ten guests are allowed inside at a time. This all comes as the museum celebrates its 225th anniversary this year. However because it hasn’t been open since the beginning of March, officials say they haven’t been able to make any income off large tours or events like weddings
“So it’s really hit us financially hard. We are a little lucky in that we are a city property so we do get some support but the Friends of Poplar Hill Mansio, our support team, they’ve really lost a lot of income due to this,” says Sarah Meyers, the curator at Poplar Hill Mansion.
Officials say the money generated goes towards new exhibits and restoration. Meyers says they also had to find innovative ways to disinfect the museum because many of the historic items can’t be cleaned with traditional cleaners like Lysol. If you do visit, face masks are required inside and there’s a separate entrance and exit.