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“Return Visit” travels to New Jersey for several months of restoration

The iconic Gettysburg Square statue, “Return Visit,” was been removed from its home in front of the Wills House on Thursday and taken by truck to New Jersey for a facelift.

The restoration, to be done by the Seward Johnson Atelier of Hamilton, NJ, is expected to take several months.

The statue, commissioned by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania in 1991 and sculpted by J. Seward Johnson, commemorates Lincoln’s November 1863 visit to Gettysburg.

The statue, one of the most commonly photographed tourist attractions in the borough, depicts “the common man” with Abraham Lincoln, illustrating the relevance of the Gettysburg Address to the present-day.

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