If they do turn the area into a national park, hopefully they put up some big signs that point tourists to downtown Monroe. You surely don't want them to go south over the Winchester St. Bridge and end up in no mans land. Could be like taking the wrong turn in DC or Miami.
I don't think the brewery would work for the same reasons. With no bar being in the east end, can you imagine all the rift raft taking over the place.
Or the right thing could be done and these visitors could be directed across the river so that they may find the site where the battle began (Hellenberg Field), or where General Winchester surrendered (Third and Kentucky), or where Col. Allen (the only sitting elected State Senator to die in armed conflict) fell (Second and Winchester), or the area where the Kentucky Soldiers surrendered (Wood lawn Cemetery on Fourth St), or maybe direct them out Kentucky Ave. and discuss how it connects into "Hull Road" named for Gen Hull who used that route to get to Fort Wayne.
Of course, doing that would mean investing the time, resources and yes, money to ensure that the project is done properly and that the entire community plays a role.
As a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and with my family heritage being from Middlesbrough and Union Junction (Richmond), I am amazed at the number of Monroe youth that have no idea of the significance of Memorial Park, the Kentucky Soilders, Col. Allen or even why Winchester St., Kentucy Ave., or Hull Road are so named. Believe me that those folks who will be coming to see the area will know and if they don't the information given to them at the museum will tell them and they will go visit those areas as they will have no preconcieved ideas on the "rift raft" of the "no mans land".
If I seem defensive it is because I work off of Winchester and feel that the community and it's citizen's receive a very unfair characterization by the community. In the time that I have been working in the community I have felt as if the area was a "no mans land".
I also agree with JenJen in that there are several bars / night clubs are only blocks away (both east and west) and yet they appear to be free of "rift raft". In fact, although I am not a patron, it seems that at least two of them (just east of the battlefield) are doing a very brisk business.