Clinton Home a Star Attraction

By Jennifer Parker

May 22, 2007 1:45pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper Reports: Out of towners are rushing to see the Clinton’s first home in Fayetteville, Arkansas — now that former first lady Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y has entered the 2008 presidential race.

"More and more people are so interested in seeing Hillary and where she grew up," said Brittany Starr, director of the Clinton Museum House.

The house has become a hot spot in the small town where the couple lived for a year and half while former President Bill Clinton taught at the University of Arkansas.

The Clintons were married in the house which features a replica of the New York senator’s wedding gown.  Visitors can also view commercials that played for Bill Clinton’s congressional and gubernatorial races.   And, of course, Hillary Clinton presidential paraphernalia is now on display.

The Museum reports a whopping 283 percent increase in attendance since the second Clinton threw her hat into the 2008 Democratic derby, and reporting $3,500 a month up from $1,000 a month on average last year.

"People are wanting to know about Hillary," said Starr.   

Profits are currently directed to the City of Fayetteville but museum administrators are trying to direct the new flow of cash to a non-profit.  According to the Museum, thirty-five percent of visitors come from Arkansas and the rest are people flowing in from across the United States and around the world. 

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