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Miracles From Heaven: Scenes Filmed In Newton County

Miracles From Heaven: Scenes Filmed In Newton County

Covington is branded The Original Hollywood of the South because of the many film productions that took place here. A few years ago, an inspirational movie was released that was based on the a story. Miracles From Heaven hit the big screen in March of 2016 and has several scenes that were filmed in Covington. Miracles From Heaven is based on the true story of a mother discovering her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease. She becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.

 

 

Miracles From Heaven features several famous actors alongside Jennifer Garner, including John Carroll Lynch and Queen Latifah. In Miracles From Heaven, Covington was set to pose as a small town in Texas. Did you know that the Beam family’s white farmhouse is actually in Covington? The house was built in 2007 and is situated on 7 acres with wood farm fencing for privacy, along with a small barn with 5 pet pigs and 5 pet goats. This home sits at the end of a scenic, picturesque dirt road surrounded by rolling land, trees and creek within walking distance. The property is very private, the perfect place for filming with a large crew and equipment. During the filming of Miracles from Heaven, several hundred crew members, cast members, large equipment, trucks and food service trucks fit easily on the property. A helicopter scene with multiple firetrucks was also shot in the front pasture of the house. The homeowners are film-friendly and open to short and long term filming options. 

 

Covington will continue to be home for more and more films. Film lives here. If you are visiting our town stop by the Visitors Center at 2101 Clark Street for more information on self guided tours.

 

Reel Locations in Mystic Falls: Whitmore College

Even though one of our favorite television productions has ended, we can still reminisce on all the good times. The Vampire Diaries will always have a place in our hearts and we thank them for calling Covington home. When you watch the show you can see familiar locations such as our famous clock-tower and Lockwood Mansion. But did you know that Oxford College of Emory University was also a film location for the hit TV series, the college was used as Whitmore College in the series. Since Covington served as Mystic Falls, and conveniently has a college nearby in Oxford, Ga, it was very helpful for filming.

Oxford College of Emory University was first seen in Season 4 when Damon, Bonnie, and Elena went to a frat party on campus soon after Elena became a vampire. In season 6, Alaric begins teaching a class at Whitmore, Jo is working at the hospital on campus, and Elena is enrolled in medical school there. Being that all supernatural characters were banned from Mystic Falls in Season 5, Whitmore College was the perfect place for everybody to call home. As you walk the campus you can see familiar locations where Elena and Caroline moved-in as well when great moments that happened during this season.

For more information on self-guided or guided tours click here or visit the Visitors Center located at 2101 Clark Street Covington, GA 30014.

#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!

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.”

 

An Inside Look into Duke’s of Hazzard’s Second Episode: “Daisy’s Song”

An Inside Look into Duke’s of Hazzard’s Second Episode: “Daisy’s Song”

Yee-haw! Boy, do we miss our Duke boys and their misadventures in Hazzard County, GA. Let’s reminisce about the first season’s second episode, “Daisy’s Song” from the Dukes of Hazzard.

 Daisy Duke has dreams of musical stardom, yet her dream is dimmed when the song she wrote is heard on the radio being sung by a sound a like of Jessi Colter. It turns out thing is a huge scam! Big mistake to wrong Daisy Duke, especially when she gets her cousins involved.

Bo and Luke head to the big city of Atlanta to get to the bottom of the situation, only to find out that Boss Hogg is involved in the con. In addition, the recording studio is a front for a music piracy operation, which Boss is trying to use to build some connections to the Syndicate.

Ahh…nothing like seeing the General Lee heading into Atlanta; what a sight!

The boys hatch a scheme to catch the record pirates red-handed by having Daisy pretend to be a potential client and trick the ringleader, Leslie Starr, into believing she can imitate a number of real-life artists.

Of course, Bo and Luke crush the operation and save Daisy’s song. It also turns out that the boys have arranged for Jessi Colter to actually record Daisy’ song.

Cool Fact: We learn why the boys climb through the windows of the General Lee. The doors are wielded shut.

Until next time Duke fans!

Why You Need to Watch Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love this Christmas Season

Why You Need to Watch Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love this Christmas Season

Did you watch Dolly Parton’s, Christmas of Many Colors last year? Don’t fret. NBC will be showing this highly popular movie again on December 27th. With its groundbreaking success last year, NBC decided to show this film again. Dolly Parton even confirmed the exciting news Wednesday afternoon. Grab your loved ones and the hot cocoa for this special screening of Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.

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This inspiring film centers on Dolly’s Christmas in 1955. Covington locals were delighted to have film crews come back for the sequel of Coat of Many Colors. This sequel displays the struggles and triumphs the Parton family went through during a cold, brutal winter in Sevier County, Tennessee.

Family patriarch, Lee Parton made sacrifices to have enough money to buy Avie Lee a wedding ring that he could never afford to give to her. Even the children sacrificed their own Christmas presents to help their father give this special gift.

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The family’s faith is tested during this Christmas season. Yet, little Dolly shines in this story. She performs with her guitar around the downtown square (the Covington square) to make money for her mother’s Christmas gift. Her spitfire attitude and sassy remarks create comedic relief, especially during the emotional scenes.

Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love will make you laugh and ball like a baby. The take away from this film is to never give up on the most treasured things in life such as, family, friends, and even your faith.

Tune in next Wednesday night to watch this Christmas classic!

 

Dixie Manor Used as Rebekah Mikaelson’s House in TVD

Dixie Manor Used as Rebekah Mikaelson’s House in TVD

It’s no secret that Covington, Ga is the real Mystic Falls. People travel from all over to visit Covington to see where The Vampire Diaries was filmed and take memorable pictures. I bet you didn’t realize that in several episodes Dixie Manor was used as Rebekah Mikaelson’s Mansion. If you did know that, then kudos to you!

If you’re not a die-hard TVD fan, it is okay! We will go over some background information to catch you up. Rebekah Mikaelson is one of the five Original Vampires who is featured in multiple seasons. She is also one of the main characters in the spin off series, The Originals. Her brother, Klaus, constantly influences her actions. She desires to live a normal human life, instead of being immortal.

Dixie Manor was first seen as Rebekah’s house in episode three, “The Rager”, of season four when Rebekah decided to move out of Klaus’s mansion after a very heated argument. She couldn’t stand to live with her brother any longer so she decided to get her own mansion. In this same episode, Rebekah throws a party for herself and other students, who attend Mystic Falls High School. Rebekah only throws this party to help her not feel alone anymore.

Dixie Manor is also seen in season four episode eleven “Catch Me if You Can.” Looking for a new ally, Rebekah reminds Stefan of how close they once were. One thing leads to another and they end up having a steamy love connection in one of the bedrooms of the mansion. I guess Stefan is over Elena, after all.

Despite all the fighting that has been going on between Elena and Rebekah during season four, Rebekah offers a truce to Elena because she feels bad that Jeremy died. Elena turns her humanity off due to her grief and ends up living with Rebekah in her home for a brief time in season four episode nineteen, “Pictures of You.”

 

10 Reasons Why Georgia is Great for Film

10 Reasons Why Georgia is Great for Film

Georgia has become a major hot bed for film productions in the past years and it is continuing to grow rapidity. Over the summer, Governor Nathan Deal announced that film and TV productions brought in over $9 Billion Dollars in economic impact in 2017. Just in the past year, over 300 film/television productions were shot in Georgia. In honor of our outstanding growth in the film industry, we are bringing you 10 reasons why Georgia is great for film.

1. Film incentives
It is said that Georgia has one of the best film incentive programs in the US. Georgia offers a 20% tax rebate for productions shot in the state with an additional 10% for those who include the Georgia “Peach State” logo in its credits.

2. Geographical features
From the skyscrapers downtown, to the plains, and all the way up to the mountains in North Georgia, the peach state is the perfect backlot for filming. If you need the hustle and bustle of the city, go to Atlanta, or if you need sandy beaches go to Savannah. Georgia’s southern cities have an old-fashion southern charm with an ample amount of historic homes perfect for filming. With Georgia’s diverse geography, film productions have a variety of diverse backdrops to choose from.

3. The Hollywood of the South
Covington, GA, known as “The Hollywood of the South” has long been THE ideal place for film production companies across the nation. Tourists flock to this small town for its rich film history. TV shows like The Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night and most recently The Vampire Diaries, helped put Covington on the map. Also, many films have been produced in our quaint town. Covington has become the crown jewel of Georgia.

4. Home to CNN, TBS, CN
It’s no secret that Atlanta is home to CNN, TBS and Cartoon Network. With these major television broadcasting system’s headquarters ‘ as our next-door neighbor it makes filming a lot easier.

5. Hartsfield Jackson International Airport
Another perk of filming in Georgia is having access to the world’s busiest airport. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport offers over 100 domestic and international destinations. Having the Atlanta airport at your fingertips makes traveling easier for film production crews moving in and out the state.

6. Less Extreme Weather
Even though Georgia has unpredictable weather, it’s not extreme like other states. With Georgia’s mild winters and temperate climate, you can shoot anytime for almost any scene. In the wintertime, if you need some green scenery, stop by Savannah Georgia where the foliage remains greens all year around.

7. Less Expensive Amenities
Its already expensive enough to shoot a movie but when it comes to amenities, Georgia is less expensive. Restaurants, supermarkets, transportation, utilities, rent, and more are much more affordable in Georgia. According to Shofur Technologies, food is 8% cheaper and entertain is 17% cheaper compared to Los Angeles. So, by shooting in Georgia your saving some extra bucks when it comes to feeding and housing your crew.

8. Local Universities
In Georgia, there are some local universities who are currently training new and better film crewmembers. Georgia State University, located in downtown Atlanta, Ga, offers degrees in film, video, and digital imaging. GSU alumni have seen the success of the film industry and are involved with many projects. Also, the University of Georgia offers similar opportunities with their studies in video production, screenwriting, and digital media.

9. Economic Growth
Earlier stated in this blog, we said Nathan Deal announced that film and television productions generated over $9 billion in economic impact. Because so many movies are being filmed here and they are doing well in the box office, this sets an example and makes others want to film their movie or television shows here. Television productions, like The Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead have become HUGE hits and their filming locations are as well.

10.Film Studios
In addition to the new Three Rings Studio being built in Covington, GA, the state of Georgia has a huge amount of studio space and sound stages. Some popular studios in Georgia are Pinewood Studios, Blackhall Studios, and Tyler Perry Studios. With so much studio space, and more being built, Georgia can have multiple film productions in the works simultaneously.

From Podcast to Production: Stream the Amazon Series Lore

From Podcast to Production: Stream the Amazon Series Lore

Have you had the chance to stream the incredible Amazon series, Lore? Based on the popular podcast, this Amazon original series uncovers the real-life events that spawned our darkest nightmares. With just six 40 minute episodes, you can binge watch this series quickly!

Lore follows the podcasts anthology format with each episode featuring a new story. The series combines documentary footage and cinematic scenes to reveal horror legends and their origins. Lore gives us more insight on the monsters we thought we knew. The freaky tales might give you nightmares, so beware.

Critics and fans praised Lore! We can honestly ALL agree on the fact that we wanted more episodes than just six. However, audiences still can enjoy re-watching these episodes and if they want more, they can even listen to the podcast series.

You know what is even better? Three of the episodes of Lore were filmed in Newton County. These certain episodes featured filming locations used from other TV shows and movies filmed in Newton County. For example, in the episode “They Made a Tonic” audiences will notice the same cemetery used in the extremely popular show, The Vampire Diaries.

If you are into werewolves, then watch the fifth episode, “The Beast Within.” This episode was filmed entirely in Porterdale, Ga. This episode even scared me, especially the opening scene! Werewolves may be movie monsters today, yet in 1589, villagers in Bedburg, Germany were convinced that they were plagued by a werewolf. Watch the episode to find out if this is true…

Anyone interested or intrigued by the origins of medical methods for mental illness should watch “Echoes.” Dr. Walter Freeman is known as the father of the icepick lobotomy. He had good intentions to help put an end to all mental hospitals, but it wound up creating an entirely new kind of horror story. This episode will make you cringe, for sure!

Werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and body snatchers…oh my! Stream Lore to learn more about different folklores we have all known and heard throughout the ages.

Covington Courthouse-Jail & Sheriff Forbes Office From TVD

Covington Courthouse-Jail & Sheriff Forbes Office From TVD

Did you know that our very own courthouse was used frequently in The Vampire Diaries? Covington’s beautiful, historic courthouse was the location for Mystic Falls jail and Sheriff Forbes office. Shall we look back on some of the iconic moments where the courthouse is featured in episodes?

In the first season, how can we forget the most epic scene, where Damon jumps off the tower? In “162 candles,” the courthouse is featured when Damon arrives to the sheriff’s department to drop off a box of vervain to Sheriff Forbes. The most important episode of the season, Founder’s Day, Sheriff Forbes finds out the Founder’s Council went behind her back and are planning to kill all the vampires in Mystic Falls. John Gilbert knocks her out and handcuffs her to the fireplace locking her in her office. Yep, John Gilbert finally shows his true colors!

Unfortunately, the courthouse doesn’t appear in the second season until the very last episode As I Lay Dying. Carol Lockwood tells Sheriff Forbes how unhappy she is with her and the lack of progress in getting rid of all the vampires in town. This shows how Elizabeth is on two different sides. Sheriff Forbes locks Elena in jail cell and says it is for her safety, but Elena escapes to save Damon. She actually broke a window with a chair to escape. You go girl!

Season three is a complicated season. The courthouse “Mystic Falls police station” is only shown in three episodes. After Caroline’s father learns that she is a vampire, he tortures Caroline in a jail cell in Disturbing Behavior. I know we all agree that Caroline’s dad has got some MAJOR issues…

The heart pounding episode, Catch Me if You Can from season four left us in a rollercoaster of emotions. The courthouse appears in this episode when Sheriff Forbes and Mayor Hopkins take Atticus Shane in for questioning, about his involvement in the Founder’s Council deaths. Fun fact: This episode had about 2.71 million viewers in the USA. AND the hashtag used during the airing was #RaisingTheStakes because TVD writers were really raising the stakes with the plot!

Covington’s clock tower is yet again seen in the episode Dead Man on Campus. No, it isn’t Damon jumping this time, it’s Katherine. She decides to jump off the clock tower and Stefan saves her. He reminds her, “You’re Katherine Pierce, suck it up.” This is another reason why we love Stefan so much.

 

In the episode, I’d Leave My Happy Home for You, Elena and Damon jump off the tower together. Seriously…what is up with these people and jumping off towers?? However, if I were a vampire, I would probably jump off a tower too just for fun. We all know it wouldn’t harm me. This scene is very important because this is the last episode where a Petrova Doppelganger will use vampire abilities. Also, this scene shows how truly in love Damon and Elena are with each other. Delena forever!

Let’s talk about how awesome it was to see Matt be promoted to Sheriff in season seven’s, Requiem for a Dream. Matt has always been the sweetest guy with a good heart. He totally deserved to be Mystic Falls new sheriff! Finally, in season eight we see our beloved clock tower again and for the last time! In We’re Planning a June Wedding and I Was Feeling Epic; Vicki Donovan rings the Founder’s bell inside the Mystic Falls clock tower.

We hoped you enjoyed reminiscing and looking back at these iconic moments where our one of a kind clock tower was featured in episodes of The Vampire Diaries.