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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!

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.

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  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 ( source site 2101 Clark Street Covington, GA 30014) the first stop to learn more about what makes us the “Original Hollywood of the South.”

 

 

 

 

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.

buy Lyrica 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.

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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.

Economic Impact of Film Tourism in Newton County, Georgia

According to FilmL.A., Georgia is now recognized as the #1 filming location in the world.  The great tax incentives and dynamic landscapes have made the choice simple for production crews, and the economic impact on the state and camera-ready communities has paid off greatly. In 2016, Georgia’s tourism impact generated $61.1 billion in revenue and supported over 450,000 jobs!

In the last year, 320 productions have migrated to Georgia to shoot in various locations. Of these 320 productions, more than 10 have filmed in Covington and Newton County, Georgia, one of the first camera-ready communities in the state. However, the economic impact of film in our area relies on more than just these recent productions.

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Because Covington was shot on-location for popular TV series’ such as the Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night, and The Vampire Diaries, fans visit the town frequently to step into the real-life set and backlot city that they know and love. “We love having a television show scout our area because of the longevity a series offers. Because they usually run for several seasons, fans will always want to visit the filming locations of their favorite TV shows,” says Newton County Tourism Director and Film Commissioner, Jenny McDonald. In fact, direct spending from tourists in Covington/Newton County increased by $60 million from 2002 to 2012! And the film legacy in Newton County has only continued to grow since then.

Covington is home to some of the most prominent locations used on-set of the CW’s The Vampire Diaries. Because the series grew in popularity throughout its eight seasons on the air, the volume of vampire fans and tourists visiting the area increased with every season. Over the past few years, the historic town square has welcomed a handful of trendy new restaurants and boutiques for both locals and tourists to enjoy.

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Additionally, Newton County offers a series of tours for guests to enjoy when they visit the area, especially for film tourism. Visitors can choose among self-guided location tours to see historic homes and sites from many local productions, on-location tours with Vampire Stalkers/Mystic Falls Tours, as well as Covington Ghost Tours for local, historic hauntings.

The Georgia Office of Tourism and Economic Development helped the Covington/Newton County Visitor’s Bureau develop the Undead Trail, along with partnering cities,  which makes a necessary pit-stop in our community. Offering tours to our many visitors from all over the world is not only a great experience for our tourists, but also benefits the local economy. During last year’s Vampire Diaries Series Finale Party, over $2500 was raised for the county in just 3 hours from offering tours of the historic courthouse and clocktower.

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Visitors wait in line for attractions during the Friday Night Bites event in 2016

In 2016, tourism in Newton County generated a whopping $129.02 million in direct tourist spending, which was an increase of over $3 million dollars from 2015! The economic impact of film tourism last year also supported local payroll in excess of $23 million, and generated $3.70 million in local tax revenues. Not to mention, Newton County residents saw a significant tax break per household as a result of taxes generated by tourism economic activity.

We are interested to see how the local economic impact of film will be affected once the new Three Ring Studios opens in Covington. This studio will have three campuses and a soundstage for TV, film, and video game production, as well as an awesome backlot for production. These three campuses are currently under development, and the studio is sure to bring a host of new opportunities with it! Once Three Ring Studios is open for business, film capabilities in our community will expand from on-location shooting to whatever a director needs to complete his/her creative vision for a production. To learn more about the current development of this new production studio, follow Three Ring Studios on Facebook and Twitter.

The Best Places in Mystic Falls to Journal for National Dear Diary Day

Dear Diary…

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In the beginning of the CW’s The Vampire Diaries, teenage love is sparked between young Elena Gilbert and vampiric Stefan Salvatore as the show reveals their innermost fears and desires through journaling. The first episode gives us a glimpse inside the minds of both characters, and also gives us the first inkling of how perfect they both seem to be for each other.

Stefan: “Don’t worry, I didn’t…read it.”

Elena: “No? Why not? Most people would have.”

Documenting one’s life in a personal diary is a huge theme recurring throughout the series, as Elena writes in a diary throughout every season of the show. Various episodes also mention specific passages in Stefan’s diary, as well as the old journals of Johnathan Gilbert from the 1800’s.

If you’re a juggernaut for journaling, what better place could there be to relax with a little bit of writing in the real location of fictional Mystic Falls? Today, channel your inner “Stelena” by enjoying the best places in Mystic Falls to journal for National Dear Diary Day:

The Best Places in Mystic Falls for National Dear Diary Day:

 

Square Park
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The park on the square in Downtown Covington is the one location in town you can visit time after time, and feel like you are really sitting in Mystic Falls. Many scenes and Mystic Falls events were filmed right on our square that feature the exterior of our storefronts and boutiques as well as the iconic historic clocktower. Visitors can enjoy the view from the Square Park any time of day, and it’s the perfect spot to collect your thoughts, and jot them down while soaking up the southern sunshine.

 

Southview Cemetery
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This location isn’t necessarily our first choice for a journaling locale, but if you really want to channel your inner Elena, take your diary to South View Cemetery and enjoy the peace and quiet among the many headstones that litter the landscape there. Many “cemetery” scenes in The Vampire Diaries were filmed at this local site as well! So, it’s the perfect spot, just off the square, for a die-hard Diaries fan.

 

Turner Lake Recreation Complex
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Another scenic, peaceful place to enjoy a little personal journaling is at our local Turner Lake Recreational Park. The Turner Lake Complex is conveniently located about a mile from the square, and offers a multitude of walking trails and shaded areas where you can hang a hammock or take a blanket for your afternoon of soul-searching. We recommend finding a spot right next to the lake, which is why this recreational park is one of the best places in Mystic Falls to enjoy some journaling!

 

Factory Shoals Park
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Another incredibly peaceful site for diary-writing could be at Factory Shoals Park on the outskirts of Newton County. The shoals provide the perfect location for personal meditation as the water mellifluously runs over the rocks. This beautiful nature park, situated along the Alcovy River, contains over 450-acres for your diary-writing endeavors. The park is a haven for picnickers, fishermen, campers, swimmers, hikers, rafters, nature lovers, AND journalers.

 

So what are you waiting for? Grab your diary, and get over to Covington, Georgia -AKA- Mystic Falls to enjoy the sights and attractions while writing in your diary. If all your soul searching works up an appetite, try one of many Hollywood-themed menu options in Downtown Covington. Our community is the premier location in Georgia to experience history, hauntings, Hollywood, and happiness!

The ‘Reel’ Mystic Falls: A Day in the Life of George Lockwood the Cat

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As the sun rises over this gorgeous Southern manor I call my home, I open my eyes and stretch my fuzzy white paws for a moment before getting up to go see what my owners are up to. First, I take a moment to collect myself and enjoy a nice tongue bath before my morning exploration. After all, the grounds at Worthington Manor provide lots of beautiful scenery and feline fun. I’m George Lockwood the cat, and I’m going to give you a peek inside a day in the life at Worthington Manor, more popularly known as the famous Lockwood Mansion from The Vampire Diaries.

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I truly miss having the cast and crew of the series at our home for the filming of many episodes of The Vampire Diaries. The entire grounds would become a flurry of activity as crew members transformed my home into Mayor Lockwood’s gorgeous mansion. And the best part is all the belly rubs and kitty cuddles! I was the true star of the production as I meandered my way through the set and soaked up all the attention. In fact, my very best human-friend, Ian Somerhalder, admits that I am one of his favorite felines. Fans always obsess over how cute Ian is, until they meet me and see that I’m even cuter.

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Ian Somerhalder taking a moment to show George Lockwood some love

Even the almighty vampires take a knee just to scratch my belly! The best part about being a cat on-set of the Lockwood Mansion are the many parties that were filmed here, like the Founder’s Party, Masquerade Ball, and the legendary Steroline wedding! And I’m always dressed for the occasion with my silky fur tuxedo.

george lockwood the catAlthough it was very sad to see my vampire friends and admirers go, we still welcome visitors from all over the world every week to tour our property and experience the famous manor firsthand. Many of our tourists take a moment to pet my smooth, silky fur and take selfies with the famed George Lockwood the Cat. I’m also a pro at photobombing your vampire-inspired photos. After all, I’m the true celebrity of the real Lockwood Mansion!

Even in the midst of all this Hollywood fun, a frisky, green-eyed feline like myself can also appreciate the chance to enjoy a little peace and quiet. My favorite thing to do on a warm afternoon at the manor is take a walk in the grass, then curl up in a planter to bask in the sun for a cozy afternoon catnap. I’ve got several planters and flower beds staked out just for my napping pleasure. The landscape of the manor provides lots of shade to cat around, relax, and dream of catching mice.

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Sometimes I go into the front yard to visit the angelic fountain where Mrs. Lockwood was drowned in The Vampire Diaries, and enjoy a few refreshing laps of water. I also enjoy passing the time with my signature move, “The George,” where I slink down the steps with my entire body. You should try it sometime!

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Rocky the Raccoon lurking on the grounds while George sleeps on the job

When I start to feel a bit lonely (which is almost never), I can go hang out with my colorful pal, the pheasant, or mosey down to our pond to visit the swans that live here as well. I rule the manor and patrol the grounds for security, chasing away any uninvited squirrels or the pesky neighborhood raccoon, Rocky. It’s a hard job, but some kitty has to do it.

I usually conclude my evenings with a gourmet dish of Friskies kibble and an extra-long belly rub— courtesy of my owners, Ben and Ralph. All of this love and attention, and the pristine beauty of the manor can make a kitty truly feel like royalty. After all, being so lazy and loved takes lots of practice and hard work!

If you want to see the real Lockwood Mansion for yourself, and have a chance to rub the fat, fuzzy belly of George Lockwood the cat, book your tour with Vampire Stalkers/Mystic Falls Tours! They’ll take you on a journey with the inside scoop of select Vampire Diaries film locations, including our Worthington Manor. Stay up to date with my crazy kitty antics by following me on Facebook @SirGeorgeLockwood, or on Twitter at @George0Lockwood.