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Lincoln costumes return to Petersburg from Hollywood

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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) -

They are posed and ready for their queues, like the Academy Award winning actors from "Lincoln." The most iconic costumes of Spielberg's film are now on display at Centre Hill Mansion in Petersburg, a historic home where Lincoln himself once walked.

The costumes are fitted on life-sized mannequins, with the figure of Daniel Day Lewis towering over the exhibit.

On display besides the Lincoln's famous garments are ornate gowns worn by actress Sally Field, as Mary Todd Lincoln, and Gloria Reuben, as the First Lady's confidant Elizabeth Keckley.

In an interview Monday, Petersburg Manager of Cultural Affairs Kevin Kirby said the display will continue the City's strategy to build historic and film tourism.

"It is a wonderful opportunity to blend history and Hollywood," Kirby said. "And, bringing Lincoln to life in a new and different way has been the purpose of why we requested this wardrobe exhibit."

Revenues from Petersburg restaurants are on target to rise 30 percent this year, a trend in tourism growth that began as the film wrapped production in 2011.

"We saw an immediate impact through the following six months that showed an increase of 8.2 percent in overall visitation," Kirby said. "And that was the foundation of growth that we have since built on."

Visitors who hope to see the costumes in person - from the detail of the gowns, to the famous top hat, are expected to push tourism dollar amounts even higher.

"You start to look at [growth] in terms of tens of thousands of dollars," Kirby said. "And that grows incrementally on the size of tours you have."

The costumes are on loan, and will be on display at Centre Hill Museum until July 27, 2013.

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