Title page for ETD etd-03052004-132332

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Harvey, William Robert
Author's Email Address wiharvey@vt.edu
URN etd-03052004-132332
Title Authenticity and Experience among Visitors at a Historic Village
Degree Master of Science
Department Forestry
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Roggenbuck, Joseph W. Committee Chair
Hull, Robert Bruce IV Committee Member
Larkin, Kevin W. Committee Member
  • importance/performance
  • knowledge
  • crowding
  • conflict
  • satisfaction
  • authenticity
Date of Defense 2004-02-06
Availability unrestricted
This study examines the concept of authenticity as applied at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park (ACHNHP). Based on past theoretical research, a functional definition of authenticity is used in an effort to test whether or not visitors to the park come for reasons relating to authenticity. Further analyses are used to determine the relative importance of authenticity to other motivational reasons for visiting the park, and how the level of authenticity experienced at ACHNHP affects how respondents rate the importance and performance of many park setting attributes. Using motivation for authenticity and importance/performance variables as predictors, visitor knowledge, perceptions of crowding and conflict, and overall satisfaction are assessed. The results suggest that while authenticity is important for park visitors, experience outputs are difficult to forecast because of correlation among independent variables and homogeneity of park visitors. Recommendations are made for future researchers when examining the concept of authenticity.

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