Hollywood history is on display in Richmond and Petersburg. With the "Lincoln" movie about to debut nationwide Friday, now you can feel like one of the stars.
It's a big day at the Capitol.
"The day before Lincoln opens in Richmond, Virginia...yes!" exclaimed Rita McClenny, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
A year ago, the Capitol was a movie set for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln". Now, the Virginia Tourism Corporation is giving film buffs a chance to walk -or ride a Segway- in the steps of the award-winning cast and crew.
"We believe that visitors will want to come walk in the footsteps of Daniel Day-Lewis. Of Sally Field," McClenny said.
Thursday they unveiled the "Lincoln Movie Trail": 40 sites in Richmond and Petersburg; places where the stars worked and relaxed. They're all identified with a sticker that says "Lincoln Was Here", including restaurants like Millie's, Can Can and Arcadia, scene of that famous mealtime photograph of Daniel Day-Lewis seen around the world.
"We've actually gotten a lot of phone calls, reservations, people wanting to book this area or hear the story about what happened," said John Van Peppen, Arcadia's owner.
What happened, of course, is that Day-Lewis stopped by for lunch in full makeup. A young man with a smartphone tweeted the first picture, creating a viral sensation, and a local legend.
"Well this, of course, we call the Lincoln table. People request it, they want to sit here. And then we have a booth over here...we have fun with that...we call that the John Wilkes "Booth"," Van Peppen said with a laugh.
Film and TV have become big business in Virginia. If the "Lincoln Was Here" t-shirts don't prove it, then maybe the Lincoln Walking Trail will.
"It's just really exciting that it's here and not somewhere else," said Melissa Dolatowski, who attended the trail's unveiling.
"To see where they were, what they experienced all that," added John Pycior who was used as an extra in the film.
The trail is self-guided, and all of the stops can be found by clicking here.
Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.
WWBT-TV NBC 12
P.O. Box 12
On Your Side
Video and Pics