Some historic sites of the Commonwealth are about to come alive once more on the small screen, as an HBO miniseries, shot in Virginia, set to air this coming Sunday.
Not only will the nation see our rich culture, but Virginians have also greatly benefited from this series. Tourism is already an $18 billion industry in Virginia, and Governor Tim Kaine is applauding the economic benefits of filming in the state.
Based on the role of John Adams, this miniseries helped generate $80 million for the Commonwealth.
"And that spending was throughout the Virginia economy: on transportation, vehicles, construction, wardrobe, set dressings, furnishings, props, and of course the many sites that they shot at, in and around Virginia," says Rita McClenny, the Director of the Virginia Film Office.
McClenny also says Virginia won a tough battle for this movie.
"Virginia competed with Massachusetts, where much of the story is told from, and Pennsylvania to win out over those two states to recruit the project here to the Commonwealth," states McClenny.
Producers of the series also received unprecedented cooperation from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation that has not allowed a movie to be filmed there for more than 50 years.
"This was an opportunity for us to tell, to help tell, a part of the story we've never been able to tell before, because Adams never came here. Basically, that's why we wanted to allow it," says Jim Bradley, the Public Relations Manager for Colonial Williamsburg.
The miniseries also brought in revenue for the state by employing more than 3,400 crew members and extras.
"So all of it will have not only the impact that it had while they were filming, but also the impact that it will have for tourism on the back," says McClenny.
"John Adams" joins the ranks of "Evan Almighty," "Dirty Dancing" and "Cold Mountain" that have all brought significant economic benefits to the Commonwealth. "John Adams" will air this Sunday night on HBO at 8:00.