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#ForeverMysticFalls: Favorite Fan Photo Sites

The Vampire Diaries lives on in many hearts as one of the most captivating, dramatic, fun, and dynamic TV shows ever made. For the fans who remain invested even after the end of this series’ long run, Covington, Georgia, provides a multitude of opportunities to revisit their fondest memories of the series. From the atmosphere of the small, southern town that brings you back to the universe you fell in love with, to the shop to buy merch, and even a Mystic Falls Tour that allows you to step into specific locations you will remember from all those years of viewing the show, visitors love returning to Mystic Falls, here are a few of the best places to take fan photos during your trip to The Original Hollywood of the South.

  1. The Clock Tower

The Clock Tower, commonly known also as the Newton County Courthouse is the perfect place to take pictures. If you take the Mystic Falls Tour, this is one of the main stops, and is sure to bring back memories of several iconic scenes.

  1. The Gate of Worthington Manor

Also known as the Lockwood Mansion, this home served as a primary filming location in the Vampire Diaries. It is an original antebellum home and surrounded by a beautiful iron fence. Fans will recognize the lake in the back that served as the Gemini’s twins gateway for their coven, and was also a pivotal place for many intense scenes.

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  1. The Gilbert House

Pose for a pic in front of the Gilbert House, easily recognizable for even the most casual watchers of the show. It remained Elena’s home for most of the series.

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4. Mystic Grill

Mystic Grill on the Covington Square, is the perfect place to grab a bite after a long day of touring and taking pictures. Instagram your order and share your meal with the world!



5. The Square

Just outside Mystic Grill is the charming Covington Square, with multiple places to sit and relax and a wonderful place to people watch. You’ll recognize many scenes from the show since the square was such a integral filming location.

Come tour these locations and take a bite out of our town!

Top 8 Popular Film and Show Productions Filmed in Covington

Top 8 Popular Film and Show Productions Filmed in Covington

It’s no secret that Covington, Georgia has long been the “Original Hollywood of the South”. The average frequent TV viewer would be surprised to see the long and continually growing list of productions that have been filmed in our probably southern town. From teen-heartthrob vampire shows to dad-drawing action thrillers, there is no limit to the genre of programs that have called Covington home. We decided to compile a list of the top films and television shows that have drawn on our locales to build the world on screen.

  1. The Vampire Diaries

If you are a fan of the show, you’ll have a field day going through the Covington Square, pointing out the iconic statues, architecture, and shops that have showed up throughout the many episodes. TVD itself takes place in a small, gothic southern town so when looking for a place to shoot the episodes; they couldn’t go wrong with Covington! Every episode since the pilot has been filmed here. Places like the Mystic Grill we see in the show are also actual places that any fan can come and visit! If you want to feel like you are stepping into the world of Elena, Stefan, and Damon all you have to do is plan a visit

  1. The Originals

As an extension of the Vampire Diaries’ universe, there are many scenes that were filmed here when relating to the characters who call Mystic Falls their home. This series follows the original vampires, the Mikaelson siblings, in the city of New Orleans.



  1. Dukes of Hazzard

The first five episodes of this iconic series were filmed in Covington, Georgia, setting and cementing the tone for the show before the filming location was moved to California. For those that aren’t familiar with the show, the Dukes of Hazzard is an action-comedy that follows characters in the rural community of Hazzard, airing a whopping total of 147 episodes.

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  1. In the Heat of the Night

Based on the book of the same name, In the Heat of the Night is about a black police detective who passes through a small town during the time of the civil rights movement. There is a movie and a show, but it was the show’s second season that was filmed in Covington and began filming and stayed for the duration of the series.

  1. The Walking Dead

Chances are you’ve either watched this series or have family and friends that are wholly invested into its characters and plot. Who doesn’t love an alternate reality where a cop wakes up to find zombies running all over after all? The show itself majorly takes place in Georgia, so it’s fitting that many of the scenes were shot here. Driving through Covington’s roads, you can easily picture a few undead limping about so watch out! The first episode was shot here before it made Senoia its home.

  1. Selma

This powerful film documenting Martin Luther King Jr.’s Selma march is another of the many productions that have been filmed in Covington. Although much of the movie was filmed in Alabama, key scenes were also filmed in the Courthouse in Covington which became Hotel Albert


  1. Miracles from Heaven

This Christian drama revolves around the true story of a girl who after a near death experience is cured from an incurable disease, starring Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson and Queen Latifah. The filming was done in a beautiful country house here in Covington.


  1. Flight

This movie follows a pilot (played by Denzel Washington) whose addiction plagues his life, eventually leading to a crash. He manages to save everyone except for six lives, launching an investigation into his addiction. The actual crash scene was filmed right here at Green Valley Farms.

This is just a sample of the long and rich relationship between Hollywood and Covington. Covington is recognized as one of the top film friendly locations and the number of productions continues to grow.  We invite you to make the Newton County Visitor Center (2101 Clark Street Covington, GA 30014) the first stop to learn more about what makes us the “Original Hollywood of the South.”





Sleepy Hollow Scenes Filmed In Covington, Ga

Sleepy Hollow is an American supernatural drama television series that debuted on FOX September 16th, 2013. The series is based on the 1820 Halloween short story, ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. In May of 2016 FOX renewed the show for its fourth season which premiered in January 2017 and includes includes scenes filmed in Covington, Ga.

Sleepy Hollow is about a man, Ichabod Crane, who devotes his life and knowledge of the supernatural to defend the demonic forces that plagued Sleepy Hollow. Following the climactic events of season 3, Ichabon Crane’s world was turned upside down after the death of his partner and fellow ‘Witness’, Abbie Mills. Crane was then led out of town by a mysterious group promising to put him in charge of an evil-fighting organization created hundreds of years ago by none other than George Washington. Finding himself in a new city working with all-new allies, Crane embarks on his most important mission yet: To save our nation’s capital from otherworldly threats that promise harm, not only to our country and our people, but to the soul of democracy itself.

Being the Hollywood of The South, we are pleased to say several of the scenes from this supernatural action packed film was filmed right here in Covington, Ga. In season 4, Ep. 5, there is a scene where Ichabod were recounts how soccer was created. He speaks to several kids of a soccer team called Team Bumble Bee. This scene was filmed on the soccer field in the Clarke’s Grove neighborhood off of Clarke Street in Covington.  The soccer field is located in the back of the neighborhood next to a private pool. The Clarke’s Grove neighborhood is also home to the Montessori School of Covington. This scene is also when Ichabod explains what a “Witness” is to Diana.

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Covington is no stranger to supernatural beings and popular TV shows. When it comes to vampires, witches, and werewolves, our town is a major site for in the film industry. We are excited that production companies are able to turn to our community for a variety of location types. Being, the Original Hollywood of the South, we will continue to be a backlot for filming and to help grow the film industry I Georgia. Click here to view a short clip of the scenes filmed in Covington, Ga.

The Crossover Locations from The Vampire Diaries to The Originals

Covington, Georgia is known as the “Original Hollywood of the South” and has a rich and diverse history within the film and television industry. We are excited to provide the backdrop to some of your favorite shows. The Vampire Diaries and its spinoff The Originals are two series that called Covington home.  The combination of the beautiful setting, unique characters, and nail-biting plot twists that are embedded in each scene of these shows drew us in and kept us coming back for more. There’s absolutely no better feeling than revisiting the fond memories of our favorite vampires, werewolves, and other magical creatures while binge-watching the beloved series. However, die-hard-fans of The Vampire Diaries know that some of the most brilliant episodes in the series’ history include numerous cross-over episodes with The Originals. Therefore, we at Film Covington want to highlight our top five, favorite cross-over episodes between The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.

1.The Originals; Season 4, Episode 20 of The Vampire Diaries


Many people in The Vampire Diaries’ fandom are familiar with Season 4, Episode 20, rightfully titled The Originals, centered around the vampires that started it all. It was proclaimed as an unofficial or backdoor pilot to the show’s spin-off series, The Originals. This episode mainly captures the journey of an original vampire named Klaus who visits his home city of New Orleans. The primary reason for Klaus’ return is to investigate the rumors of a devious scheme being crafted against him.

2. Bloodletting; Season 1, Episode 7 of The Originals

In season 1 of The Originals, Klaus is faced with many challenges from his troubled past, but character from Mystic Falls makes an unexpected appearance that surprised fans to say the least. Tyler Lockwood, a teen werewolf with an appetite for vengeance, visits New Orleans in order to murder Klaus’ unborn child.


3. 500 Years of Solitude; Season 5, Episode 11 of The Vampire Diaries


To commemorate the series’ 100th episode, the notorious Katherine returns with a terrible condition. The characters are surprised to learn that she is slowly deteriorating, but instead of grief, they celebrate her overdue death. Meanwhile, Katherine attempts to accept this grim fate, but her daughter, Nadia refuses to do the same. She tells Katherine about a magical spell that will allow her to jump into Elena’s body. The episode ends with Katherine on the phone with Nadia, informing her that the spell worked.


4. Moonlight on the Bayou; Season 6, Episode 14 of The Vampire Diaries

This episode is part of showrunner Julie Plec’s ingenious two-night crossover event. Mystic Falls’ favorite vampire bad-boy Stefan heads to New Orleans, attempting to escape a vampire hunter named Rayna Cruz. His plan is to lure the hunter away from Mystic Falls and stay at a safe house Valerie assures can protect him.


5. A Streetcar Named Desire; Season 3, Episode 14 of The Originals


Klaus and Elijah find themselves stuck in a magical trap that render them useless. Their biggest concern is that a coven of evil witches will succeed in casting a spell powerful enough to kill an original vampire. Additionally, Stefan is enlisted to help Freya get her brothers back with the help of Marcel and Hayley.


This is our list. Tell us what you think? What was your favorite crossover episode? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and leave your comment. Better yet, feel free to visit the Reel Mystic Falls, Covington Georgia, #ForeverMysticFalls.

Remember the Titans Shooting Locales Around Covington Ga

Racial prejudice, Football, and Denzel Washington. These three very different terms might have no meaning to someone unfamiliar with the iconic American film that “Remember the Titans” grew to be, but to those of us who have watched it, it’s hard for the struggles of the characters so cemented in American culture and socio-politics to not find a way into our hearts and minds. The movie follows the integration of an all-White school with an all-Black school in a Virginian town in 1971 where Football is everything and is seen through the eyes of the Black coach (played by Denzel Washington) who is chosen as Head Coach of the Football team over the previous White coach. It is based on true events, progressing as the boys and men start trusting each other despite their differences to become an excellent team.remember the titans

In any case, chances are that if you went to school at any point after the 2000’s, this movie has been played in one of your classes. It is regarded as a national classic, and for those who appreciate the message of the movie, has a love for football or even a nostalgic feeling for the film then you’ll be glad to learn that some of the movie was filmed in Covington, Georgia.  Covington is the Original “Hollywood of the South”, so getting to know all its nooks and crannies makes for an interesting day out of the house regardless, with many other locales in it to keep you interested- from the haunted houses to the beautiful, antique Square.

Remember the TitansOne of the most recognizable places the film was shot at was at our local Sharp Stadium, where our local high school Football teams still play today and where the team practice scenes as well as some of the beautiful downtown buildings can be seen in this movie.  So, gear up, get ready to chant along to “We are the Titans! The mighty, mighty Titans!” as you go on this eye-opening tour behind the scenes of your favorite movie.

Be sure to make your plans to stop by the Newton County Visitors Center and pick up everything you need to make your visit in Covington a memorable one and you too will be saying #ilovcovga.

Dukes Of Hazzard: Fifth Episode Recap

The fifth episode of The Dukes of Hazzard, that originally aired on February 23, 1979, was called “High Octane.” Boss gets Uncle Jesse to enter a contest for a new type of fossil fuel, saying that moonshine is the perfect way to cut down on pollution. However, Boss has more up his sleeve: He plans to tip off the authorities and, once Jesse is arrested, take credit for the idea himself.

While making their quarterly visit to the Revenue Agents, Uncle Jesse and the Duke Boys notice a poster for a $20,000 contest for a new clean alternative fuel.  After meeting the new agent, the Duke family runs into Boss Hogg who reminds Jesse that “his finest” once fueled his car during a Moonshine run.

Reluctantly, with a little encouragement from Bo and Luke, Jesse agrees to make one last batch to enter in the contest. That’s where the adventure begins and the continuing battle between Boss Hogg (with Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane and Deputy Enos) and Uncle Jesse (with Bo, Luke, and Daisy) goes into full swing.  Take a look and watch the episode here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3tkz5u

This was the last of the episodes filmed in Covington. Throughout the episode you get to see several great shots of Covington and Newton County. History, Hauntings, and Hollywood are what make Newton County the amazing place it is. Hazzard County will always have a special place in our hearts, and we hope yours as well.  We invite you to make your plans to visit us here and see some of the sights from Hazzard, and all the great Film and Television sites here in the ORIGINAL “Hollywood Of The South.”


The Dukes of Hazzard: Fourth Episode Recap

In the fourth episode of The Dukes of Hazzard, originally aired in February 1979, Bo and Luke are on a test run with The General Lee in preparation for the big dirt track race. The Duke boys are trying to figure out the best way to deal with the unexpected obstacles that happen on a racetrack. Luke Duke quotes Murphy’s Law to Bo saying, “Whatever can go wrong will.”

Bo asks, “Was this Murphy guy was a race driver?“ and Luke responds, “He must be, everyone keeps talking about him.” Little did they know how right Murphy would be.

On their way back home, Luke and Bo spot a car at Ace’s Clean Used Cars dealership. Not just any car, but a race car that was driven by “The King” Richard Petty himself and was wrecked filming a tire commercial. Bo convinces Luke that if they buy the car and use it for the engine parts to bolster up the General Lee, then they will surely win on Saturday. They agree, but know that means they have to “deal with Ace.”

Speaking of dealing with Ace, as the Dukes are outside, Boss Hogg and his wife Lulu are inside the dealership and Miss Lulu is upset. Apparently Ace sold a Rolls Royce that Boss had promised to get for her birthday. Ace tells them that the car was already sold when she picked it out. Boss Hogg is not hearing it and tells Ace to repossess the car. Ace retorts that the buyers were big, scary and “yankee talking.” Ace tells Boss Hogg that they paid with a check and Boss Hogg (who owns half of the Bank AND half of the car dealership) tears the check and demands that Ace repo’s the Rolls Royce.

As Boss and Miss Lulu are leaving, the Dukes attempt to buy the Richard Petty car. Ace, being in the spot he is in, agrees to sell the car for $200 if the Duke boys repossess the Rolls. Reluctantly, the Dukes agree. After they leave to reclaim the car, Ace tells Boss Hogg he has gotten the Dukes to retrieve the car. Boss is happy and gives Ace fake titles to go with all the “used” cars on his lot. When Ace tells him that he needs one for the Richard Petty car, Boss tells him to not give them one. By not having a registration, the car is presumed stolen and would violate the Boys probation, sending them to prison for two years. Ace agrees and the plan is set.

What the Dukes do not know is that the car was purchased by Joey Zacato, a small time crook who works for East Coast racketeer, Abe Sorino. Joey explains that he bought the car because the Police rarely pull over a car like that. He did not want to get pulled over because he (and his crew) were creating plates to counterfeit money and they were going to hide the plates in the car and bring them back to Abe. The Duke Boys, recruit Cooter and they head out to reclaim the Rolls Royce. As you can guess, things do not go as smoothly as they had hoped. The Dukes escape from an attacking Doberman Pincher, being shot at and having to fight their way home. Bo and Luke make one stop before they go home; they pay good ol’ Ace a visit. After a brief apology Ace agrees to sell the Richard Petty car to the Dukes for $200.

Ace breaks the bad news to Boss Hogg, who is with Miss Lulu at The Boar’s Nest and tells him about having to give the racecar to Bo and Luke. Daisy overhears the call for Sherriff Roscoe and Enos to arrest the boys for possession of a stolen car. Bo and Luke ask for Uncle Jesse to represent them facing the charges.

Uncle Jesse tells the boys that the best option is to find out what Ace and Boss Hogg are really up to, so the boys approach them and are told that if they were able to retrieve the Rolls Royce, Ace will drop the charges. The Dukes agree and head off to Cooter to help devise a plan to repo that car. While that is happening, Enos makes a visit to the Duke Farm to speak with Uncle Jesse, but Daisy is the only one there. After some convincing, Enos shares that Boss Hogg lied and that Sherriff Roscoe is still planning to arrest Bo and Luke, which violates their parole.

Well, Bo and Luke retrieve the car (which Joey has now hidden the counterfeit money plates in the car) and after eluding the gun toting gangsters, were met by Sherriff Roscoe who takes possession of the Rolls from Bo and Luke.  When they come home and tell Uncle Jesse, he asks the boys if they are ready to play a little “dirty pool” and they leave.

We then see The Duke Family thanking Cooter as he leaves Ace’s place. Boss Hogg (with Miss Lulu), Sherriff Roscoe, Deputy Enos , Ace, and Joey and his gang arrive shortly after that go into Ace’s garage where they see all of Ace’s cars (including the Rolls Royce) in small little squares courtesy of Cooter and a car compactor.  As the counterfeiters look on they see an imprint of a twenty dollar bill in the wreckage, as does Sherriff Roscoe. He gives them 30 minutes to get out of the county and the bad guys quietly walk away.  Miss Lulu is unhappy and tells Boss Hogg to get a new Rolls Royce for her. Of course, Boss goes after Ace. As for the Duke Boys, they have a race on Saturday to get the General Lee ready for.

We are so excited that the Dukes of Hazzard called Covington home, while filming the first 5 (five) episodes. You see several shots of the iconic Courthouse and the Covington square in this episode. We invite you to make plans to see some of the filming locations from the Dukes of Hazzard in the ORIGINAL “Hollywood Of The South”, Covington Georgia.

Dukes of Hazzard: Third Episode Filmed in Covington, Georgia

Dukes of Hazzard: Third Episode Filmed in Covington, Georgia

In the third episode of The Dukes of Hazzard, that originally aired on February 9, 1979 Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane is in “full pursuit” of Bo and Luke (who have no idea why). After the boys elude Roscoe, Enos is hot on the trail, and their tail. The Duke Boys borrowed a car from Cooter and when they looked in the back seat, they realize that it is full of Moonshine (which was Boss Hogg’s). How do they get rid of the offending liquid? By throwing out the bottles during the car chase with Enos. In true Duke style, they outrun him.

After thinking the coast is clear, Bo and Luke happen to see an old friend, Mary Kaye Porter, walking on the road. They ask how she has been, since they have not seen her in a while. Mary Kaye moves her suitcase to reveal that she is pregnant and on her way to Florida. The Dukes, being the Southern gentleman they are, offer to give her a ride. Now the adventure REALLY begins because the Dukes do not realize that the trunk is FILLED with Moonshine.

Meanwhile back at the Boar’s Nest, Boss Hogg worries that his delivery is over two hours late when he gets a visit from Atlanta Crime Boss, Mr McQuaid. He tells Boss Hogg that he is looking for Mary Kaye who has a lot of HIS money ($118,254.37 to be exact). After an apparent “Gentlemens Agreement” we soon realize that there is no honor among thieves. We hear the memorable words of Boss Hogg saying, “I decide who steals what, from who, here is Hazzard County” and sends Sherriff Roscoe to find the Dukes and the MONEY.

Back in the car ride, Mary Kaye tells the Dukes about her former boyfriend, the baby’s father. She explains that he was in prison and worked for Mr. McQuaid, and the money (hidden in her suitcase) was going to be a trust fund for her baby. In quick order, they meet Mr. McQuaid, who tries to take Mary Kaye and the money. The Dukes help her escape but, to amp up the drama, Mary Kaye goes in to labor. The Duke boys quickly whisk her to the safety of Uncle Jesse’s Farm.
At Uncle Jesse’s, Roscoe is now waiting for the Duke Boys and spills the beans about the Moonshine in the trunk. Uncle Jesse and Daisy fool Roscoe…which is not that hard to do. Once the Boys and Mary Kaye arrive, the fun really starts. With Mary Kaye in labor, Uncle Jesse will have to deliver the baby (just as he delivered Bo, Luke and Daisy).

As this is going on, Mr. McQuaid, and his friend have found the Dukes farm and the chase is on. After a brief fist fight at the farm, Enos arrives to help the Dukes take care of Mr.McQuaid, and the Moonshine that is in the trunk (courtesy of a Duke Boys arrow with TNT).

While all this fuss is going on all around them, Mary Kaye gives birth. Unfortunately, the Dukes realize the suitcase with the money was in the car that was blown up.

But good ole Daisy pulls the suitcase, which had been removed from the car before the explosion, from under the bed. The good guys win again and Mary Kaye, her baby, and the Duke family celebrate.

We are so excited that the Dukes of Hazzard called Covington home, filming the first 5 (five) episodes here. We invite you to make your plans to visit us here and see some of the sights from Hazzard, and all the great Film and Television sites here in the ORIGINAL “Hollywood Of The South.”

We are the REAL (REEL) “Hollywood of The South”

It is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. Our heartbeat is to offer the best public access to previous filming locations of your favorite films and series, while using trusted and vetted partners for tours so that you and your family can have a memorable Hollywood of the South experience. The Newton County Visitor Bureau is the most trusted resource for all of your questions, self-guided historical home and filming location tour maps in addition to recommendations and referrals to our local tour company partners. We take pride in being able to share our hometown and residents with you because they are the ones who can provide fun facts and stories that only a local resident can share. Did I mention that we offer all of that information for FREE!! That’s right; you never have to pay for any of the expertise, referrals, maps or materials designed for the self-guided visitor. A simple phone call, social media message, email or download from our website is all it takes to get those items.

If you are interested in going on a paid tour, we are happy to refer you to our local and trusted tour partners: Vampire Stalkers and Covington Ghost Tours. But if you are looking to enjoy all that Covington has to offer (Hauntings, History, and Hollywood) on your own, stop in and get all of the info you want for FREE from the Visitors Center. So add 2101 Clark Street, Covington, GA 30014, as the first stop of your visit and we look forward to hearing you say #ilovecovga.

Where the Georgia DAWGS and Hollywood of the South Intersect

mighty mighty titansIf you are one of the estimated over 100,000 people who are making their way to Atlanta to watch the College Football National Championship on Monday, you may want to make a side trip off I-20 to the site where Coaches Boone and Yost lead a team to an undefeated season in Remember the Titans.

Covington Georgia has a long standing, well documented history in film and television productions. Quite a few of those have been sports themed. The most notable movie featuring  football would be Remember the Titans, filmed in 2000. Denzel Washington leads an all-star cast, filming in several locations around Covington including the Downtown Square and the Covington Courthouse. But one of our favorite filming locations is Homer Sharpe Stadium. We have an affection for it because this football stadium is still used as the Home Field for all three local high school football teams. Some of our local athletes have literally lived out their Hollywood of the South dreams by going from Homer Sharpe Stadium to play in college and in the National Football League.

We cordially invite you to include a stop in Covington on your college football tournament trip to see those Georgia Bulldogs take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. While you are here, don’t forget to learn more about our rich film and television history and walk through the first Television and Film Museum in Georgia. This one of kind experience is located right in the middle of the famous Covington Square and has exhibits from the various productions that have called our town home (or by any other name).  The Museum is FREE to walk through, but there is a $5 charge to take pictures. Be sure to upload those pictures to our Facebook and Instagram pages and with #ilovecovga.

To learn more about our rich history in film, please visit www.filmcovington.com