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Top Vampire Diaries Film Locations in the ‘Reel’ Mystic Falls

Earlier this year, we ushered in the final moments of the eight-season series, The Vampire Diaries. For eight years in a row, CW production teams & crews took over areas of Covington, GA in order to create the landscape of fictional Mystic Falls. Because these local Vampire Diaries film locations are actual homes & structures shot on-location, it makes Mystic Falls come alive in a very reel way. Covington has branded itself #ForeverMysticFalls, because the spirit of the show and everyone’s favorite characters endure although the series has wrapped.

Luckily, the series is still available on Netflix so that fans may relive their favorite moments on-screen. The only thing better than watching your favorite moments of movie-magic are seeing and feeling them for yourself! Tours of film locations have been running for several years, and business is still booming even post-finale. The following spots are the top Vampire Diaries film locations in Downtown Covington, the reel Mystic Falls:

Courthouse and Square Park
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This is the most popularly used local landmark throughout the entire Vampire Diaries series. Some of the most memorable moments of our historic courthouse and Square Park include Damon & Elena jumping off the top of the clocktower, Enzo’s steamy make-out session with the coat check girl, Alaric escaping from the sewer below the clocktower, and the Founders Day parade. These are just a few of the many countless moments on our square!

Covington has The Vampire Diaries to thank for eight years worth of film to make our historic square & courthouse the iconic tourist attractions that they are today. We are also pleased to welcome the popular supernatural spinoff, The Originals, to film in Newton County areas like local Porterdale, as well as Covington, and keep the spirit of Mystic Falls alive.


Mystic Grill

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Not only is the Mystic Grill Restaurant a great place for a bite to eat, it’s also a great way to see a piece of reel film history! A very popular scene that features the Mystic Grill as a location is when Lexi, Stefan’s longtime friend, is staked by Damon in Season 1.

The stairs on the side of the building are where one of the Original brothers, Finn, was staked in Season 3.  Damon also ripped out the heart of a stranger in the alleyway at the bottom of the stairwell in Season 7.


Worthington Manor -aka- Lockwood Mansion
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This local home should look very familiar to any Vampire Diaries fan.  Worthington Manor is easily recognizable from the front gate as Lockwood Mansion, were many parties were held throughout the series, as well as the masquerade ball, founders ball, and the famous “Steroline” wedding in the series finale. Owners Ben and Ralph keep the grounds beautifully manicured so the location always looks just as pristine as it does on-screen.


The Gilbert House
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There are several notable film moments that take place on the front porch of the Gilbert House, including the juicy Damon and Katherine kiss during the finale episode of Season 1.  This historic home on Floyd Street is also where Original brother, Klaus, tried to break down the front door in Season 3 to find Elena. According to the Vampire Diaries canon, Elena burned the house down in season 4 after her brother Jeremy was killed.

However, the reel Gilbert House is still very much intact, and was still continuously used for filming, especially in season 6, as well as the series finale. See if you can scope out this location by driving down historic Floyd Street!


Covington City Cemetery on Elm Street
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Covington City Cemetery his is the very real and historic graveyard where many civil war soldiers and confederate congressman are buried. It is in this location that Isobel, Elena’s mother, took her life, in addition to being the burial place of Jon Gilbert and Aunt Jenna.  It’s also the location that Damon admitted to Stefan in Season 2 that he was dying of a werewolf bite, inflicted by Tyler Lockwood.

There are many other local homes & sites that can be identified as Vampire Diaries filming locations. All you have to do is re-watch episodes of the hit vampire series, and plan a trip to Covington, GA to experience the reel Mystic Falls! It just may haunt you forever if you don’t…

The ‘Reel’ Film Covington Experience: Film Tourism in Covington, GA

In the golden age of traveling fun and wanderlust, a popular travel trend on the rise is dedicated to film tourism. We’ve seen a huge surge in film tourism in Georgia over the past 10 years with Hollywood productions, big and small, flocking to the Peach State to set up shop. The state’s amazing film tax incentives and dynamic landscapes make it a great place to shoot. Covington, GA is among one of the first communities in Georgia to become “Camera-Ready” and has really reaped the benefits of film tourism in recent years. If you’d like to experience all things film in Covington/Newton County, we’ve got some very special attractions just for you!

In recent years, our Newton County Visitor’s Bureau has partnered with local merchants to develop a series of tours to satisfy your film tourism craving. The most popular tours available are with Vampire Stalkers/Mystic Falls Tours, where you’ll get the experience the on-location homes of Mystic Falls that are featured on both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.

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Visitors from all over the globe travel to our town daily to experience this tour. Tourists also have the ability to shop among a wide selection of vampire merchandise and memorabilia at the On Location Gifts store, run by Mystic Falls Tours.

Another tour that’s available on select evenings is the local Covington Ghost Tours. While this tour doesn’t focus as much on the film aspect of our community, visitors who take this tour are still able to see many of the historic homes featured on In the Heat of the Night, as well as the the cemetery featured in The Vampire Diaries. The tour also stops by our very own Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast— which has a very rich film history of its own!

Additionally, our team at the Visitor’s Center has developed a self-guided walking tour for viewing the antebellum homes just off the square, many of which were used on-location for In the Heat of the Night. There is also a self-guided tour map available of various Hollywood “stars” around the square that are included in the Covington Walk of Stars.

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Our iconic courthouse on the Downtown Covington Square is quite famous when it comes to film. Visitors to the courthouse may view the set pieces from the movie Selma, which featured scenes inside the courthouse and on the square. The main courtroom on the second level was also used in the 2011 remake of Footloose, but is not available for regular tours. Other productions that show our courthouse & Square Park include The Vampire Diaries, Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night, Remember the Titans, and Run Ronnie Run.

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The Georgia Department of Economic Development and Tourism with Explore Georgia designated Covington as one of the various areas in the state to receive a special Selfie Spot that shows off our courthouse in the background of your self-portraits. Visitors to the Square Park can find the blue and purple decal on the sidewalk with suggested hashtags: #GeorgiaFilm and #ForeverMysticFalls.

Another very special attraction we’ve just opened this week is Georgia’s first ever television & film museum, right here on the square. We are calling it our Pop-Up TV & Film Museum because it literally just popped up in this location, and we are hoping to find a more permanent home in the future. Our first visitors came to the soft opening of the museum on Saturday, July 1st, and we saw an incredible turnout of museum tourists during Stars & Stripes Fest this past Tuesday on July 4th.

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Many of our visitors were thrilled to experience re-created scenes from The Vampire Diaries and have the chance to see and touch pieces from on-set. Also included are items from In the Heat of the NightSleepy Hollow, and many of the feature films that were shot here in Covington/Newton County. Though this museum is mainly featuring local production, we would like to offer our visitors a taste of all things Georgia Film. We are currently accepting donations of items related to Georgia state productions to show off to our many film tourists. Use and follow hashtag #FilmCovington to share your content and view content from other visitors.

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And if this isn’t enough of a reel taste of the original Hollywood of the South®, we have a culinary tour of sorts with special “Hollywood” branded cocktails, local entrees, and sweet treats to curb your appetite. So what are you waiting for? Book your stay at one of our many great area hotels and come experience history, hauntings, Hollywood, and happiness!

Inside the Reel Houses of Mystic Falls: Grams Bennett

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It’s no secret that Covington/Newton County is home to the famous Mystic Falls clocktower, the Gilbert House, and Lockwood Mansion. But did you know that the character for Bonnie’s Grandmother, Sheila Bennett or Grams Bennett, also lived in a local house was used on location for filming? This magical matron was the co-star in many episodes of The Vampire Diaries, and we bet you could spot scenes using the local home if you really pay attention!

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Witchcraft is the force of power that drives Grams, and it wasn’t until later in the series that we found out that Bonnie is capable of being a very powerful witch as well. According to The Vampire Diaries fandom, the Bennett’s are descendants from the long line of famously powerful witches of Salem. Even at her advanced age, Grams Bennett was still a very powerful witch—which is ultimately what ended her life.

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“You know your happiness means everything to me,” is a typical line one might hear from their grandmother. But we all know that Sheila Bennett is one feisty granny you most definitely do not want to anger! Her most epic moment of magic was while talking to Damon, her most unfavorite vampire, and exclaimed “You don’t wanna mess with me!” before inflicting him with intense, crippling pain.

Our last moments with Sheila Bennett were in episode Fool Me Once, after overuse of her own witchcraft on behalf of her beloved granddaughter. She and Bonnie successfully lowered a spell on the tomb that contained Katherine, and doing this greatly weakened Grams. She peacefully died on her bed at the end of that episode, but the Bennett legacy continued to live on.

After all, don’t forget Grams Bennett’s famous quote: “Witches talk, even on the other side.”

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But don’t worry, there’s nothing witchy to worry about at this local film location! The quaint little cottage-style home located on Conyers street isn’t open for tours, but can still be admired from the public street or sidewalk. If you’re interested in learning more about this Mystic Falls film location and other stops on the self-guided tour in the Hollywood of the South™, visit our Facebook page and contact us today!

I Was Feeling Epic: Reliving the Series Finale of The Vampire Diaries

i was feeling epicDearly beloved, we are gathered here today to remember a few dear friends. Last Friday, The Vampire Diaries ended after eight incredible seasons. True Fanpires gathered in Forever Mystic Falls and together we watched as “I Was Feeling Epic” premiered. The moment was exactly as promised; it was epic. WARNING: There are spoilers ahead!

After falling into a coma, Bonnie is reunited with her best friend Elena. However, Bonnie is pulled back, because another danger has come to Mystic Falls. Katherine is back and she’s bringing all of Hell with her. Damon realizes that Elena’s body is missing from her coffin and that Katherine has somehow busted out of Hell. Katherine is also, somehow, stronger than ever and even the dagger made from her bone cannot stop her. It’s up to the Salvatore’s, who must sacrifice themselves to bring Katherine back to Hell. As they try to find a way to stop their Maker, Bonnie finds a spell to trap the coming Hellfire and save Mystic Falls.

i was feeling epicBut, here’s where things go pear shaped. The brothers cannot decide who should die, in order to defeat Katherine. Damon tries to compel Stefan to leave Mystic Falls, but the younger brother is on vervain and resists him. “Stefan promised Katherine he would kill her back in the second season premiere, and here in the series finale, he finally makes good on his promise. “Burn in Hell,” he tells her before he throws out a “goodbye, brother” to Damon. And with that, Stefan Salvatore’s life officially comes to an end.”

Suddenly, Stefan meets Elena in the afterlife. The moment when Stefan and Elena say goodbye stole our breath away!

That moment isn’t the only throwback to older episodes. Did you catch the season one reference in the title? This was done deliberately, to pay homage to The Vampire Diaries’ beginning. Co-creator Kevin Wilson said, in a recent interview, that “During the first season of this show, when Julie (Plec) and I were not sleeping and we were just writing non-stop and were completely out of our minds, we wrote the episode where Lexi pulled a solid for Stefan in the bar and pumped up Stefan in Elena’s eyes, and she’s like, ‘I was feeling epic.’ That line became Julie’s favorite line of the entire show,” Williamson says. “From the very, very beginning, we kept saying in the writers’ room: ‘It has to be epic. We want an epic moment.’ This whole show has always been about epic moments and that was the line.”

i was feeling epicNaturally, Stefan finds his peace is with Lexi, and his vintage Porsche, which he torched last season.

There was one moment that we wished editors had kept in the show. In the original cut of the finale, Damon was going to propose to Elena. “We actually had a moment, which we didn’t have time for ― everything got cut. I think the first cut came in 18 minutes over,” Williamson told TV Guide. “And there was a moment in the show where he proposed and she responded after medical school. And the whole point of that moment was just to show that she became a doctor. And so we thought, ‘Oh, we’ll just put her in scrubs and we can cut that piece.’”

Still, this episode was the perfect end to The Vampire Diaries. Everyone found love, peace, and eternal happiness, and Damon was allowed one final redemption. The brothers were even granted a reunion in the afterlife. This series finale had us feeling, well, you know the rest.

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The Top 4 TVD Filming Locations to Visit During Founder’s Day

locationsFounder’s Day in the real Mystic Falls is going to be huge! Between musical guests, amazing activities like our kissing booth and selfie stations, and the commercial-free viewing of the finale episode, it’s safe to say that everyone will enjoy this event. You can even take pictures with Damon’s 1969 Chevy Camero and the Founder’s Day float from the show! You can also sign up for exclusive tours with Vampire Stalkers. Jessica Lowery and her crew will guide you through filming locations from your favorite episodes of The Vampire Diaries. We got special access to the top 4 tour locations and we’re giving you a few inside looks of our own.  

  1. Lockwood Mansion

locationsOtherwise known as Worthington Manor, Lockwood Mansion has become an iconic stop for fans of The Vampire Diaries. This house has been meticulously restored by its current owners and has become truly elegant and one-of-a-kind. True Fanpires will recognize the Mansion from several episodes of the hit show. You can tour the home and the immaculate gardens out back!

  1. The Covington Courthouse

The Courthouse has become the main reason that fans come to Covington. Fans gather around to take pictures of the Clocktower and to visit certain secret filming spots, like where Enzo and the coat check girl had their steamy make-out session. Fans also get to see the site where Damon and Elena jumped from the Clocktower after Elena became a vampire.

  1. Damon’s Cemetery

locationsThis location is absolutely a secret. In fact, it’s so secret that we’re not going to tell you where it is. You’ll have to take the tour to figure that one out. But, Damon’s Cemetery has become a favorite stop because it’s so spooky. You can walk where Ian Somerhalder walked and get some pretty amazing candid shots. Plus, is it really a Vampire Diaries tour without a few headstones? We didn’t think so.

  1. Gilbert House

Located just off the Covington Square, the Gilbert House is a favorite stop for True Fanpires. While you can’t go into the home, visitors are welcome to stop and take pictures of the iconic front porch. Visit this home and see where all of your favorite scenes were filmed!

locationsYou can visit these sites and more during tonight’s Founder’s Day Celebration! Vampire Stalkers will be hosting tours throughout the evening. All you have to do is register and you’ll be on your way to exploring the real Mystic Falls! Don’t forget about the other amazing and free events that will be happening all around the Covington Square. Join us tonight, March 10th, for Founder’s Day as we say goodbye to The Vampire Diaries.

The Reel Houses of Mystic Falls: The Witches House

witches houseThere is a house in Covington, Georgia that will fool you. You might not recognize this magnificent house from the road, but it was featured heavily in The Vampire Diaries. Producers and location scouts were sent to Covington during the filming of seasons one through three, to find a house that was positively witchy. Their choice? The Ginn House, located on Conyers Street!

The original house was built in 1941 and stands on a beautiful hillside plot. The home was built in the antebellum style of Southern homes, with wraparound porches and huge windows that let in tons of light. But, when location scouts stumbled upon this magnificent structure, they were a little concerned. The house and the surrounding landscaping were too clean, too bright, and too welcoming. What they needed had to be a tab bit spookier.

witches houseThanks to the magic of Hollywood and some creative set dressing, filmmakers turned the pristine home into a derelict wreck! But, we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. First, let’s talk about why the home needed to be dressed down. During seasons one through three of The Vampire Diaries, Bonnie discovers that she is a witch and starts learning how to use and control her powers. She becomes drawn to an old, abandoned house in Mystic Falls that was rumored to be the location where witches were burned in the 1800s. Since that time, no one had dared to enter the home, except for Bonnie.

Soon, though, our heroes Elena and the Salvatore Brothers must venture inside the Witches House to save their friend. There’s a particular episode that features the Ginn House in all of its witchy glory. The episode, entitled The New Deal, features Elena and Damon heading up a hill and into the abandoned wreck to save Stefan.

witches houseWhich is why we told you the Ginn House could fool you. Set designers worked tirelessly to spook up the joint. The set of The Witches House was first draped in weeds and vines and the windows of the home were boarded up. The set designers also added a derelict barbwire fence outside. The results are incredible! The Ginn House is unrecognizable. You can see the change for yourself, during our Founder’s Day celebration on March 10th! See a true Hollywood of the South marvel and say goodbye to The Vampire Diaries this Friday.

#ForeverMysticFalls: The Top 5 Greatest TVD Romances

romancesWhile we love the action and adventure of The Vampire Diaries, it’s the romances that we sink our teeth into! Who could forget the first time Elena and Damon finally kiss? Or, when Caroline and Klaus admit their feelings for each other? It’s enough to make you swoon! Let’s clear our heads by counting down our favorite TVD romances of all time.

  1. Damon and Rose

Hear us out. While this relationship was extremely short lived and not technically a romance, Rose’s influence on Damon is monumental. Damon performed a truly selfless act and gave Rose (played by Walking Dead alum Lauren Cohan) her final, happiest moments, way back in Season 2. Could this be the moment Damon finally lets down his guard and allows love into his life? We think so. Without Rose, there would be no Delena and we can’t have that!

 

  1. Caroline and Klaus

These two never seemed to come together, did they? We loved their witty banter back and forth and enjoyed a few romantic kisses too. Caroline and Klaus had more of a slow burn but the romance wasn’t to be. Klaus fled Mystic Falls and headed to New Orleans, leaving Caroline to move on to bigger and better things (or should we say…vamps?)

 

  1. Stefan and Caroline

romancesSpeaking of bigger and better vamps, Stefan and Caroline have made The Vampire Diaries history. The duo has been heating things up for two seasons now and Season 8 is set to be their biggest year yet! In the second episode of season 8, fans of Steroline witnessed a very human moment between the two vampires. Stefan finally proposed! With this season being the last, will fans finally have the June wedding they’ve been hoping for?

  1. Bonnie and Enzo

Bonnie and Enzo’s romance got off to a rocky start but how the tides have turned! Now, their love is one of the highlights of The Vampire Diaries. Their loves story is one of true love and both would sacrifice everything for the other. Now, that’s romance in our book! We love them so much that Benzo almost made our number one spot, but we all know which couple will eternally hold that honor.

 

  1. Damon and Elena

Seriously. Could we say anymore?

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#TVD and The Originals: A Crossover to End All Crossovers

crossover We have been wondering what will fill TVD viewing time, once season eight wraps. The Vampire Diaries is the series that started it all, but have you checked out their spin-off series, The Originals? We’re delving into some secrets of the show and why it should be your new favorite!
The show centers around the Mikaelson siblings, Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt). The show begins with the siblings returning to the city of New Orleans for the first time since 1919. Having originally built the city, they had been forced to flee from their vengeful father. In their absence, Klaus’s protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), took charge but Klaus has other ideas. Klaus resolves that they must take down Marcel and get back the city that once belonged to them. While doing that they must also protect their city from a war brewing between vampires, werewolves, and witches. Over time new and old friendships are formed, love is in the air, death surrounds them and most of all they learn more about their own family past.
crossover If that doesn’t sound scary, then maybe a crossover episode between The Vampire Diaries and The Originals will freak you out. There are several crossover episodes that you can watch, but our favorite is “Moonlight on the Bayou”. The episode promised big trouble in the big easy, and fans weren’t disappointed. Stefan must head to New Orleans, order to lure a vengeful vampire hunter named Rayna Cruz away from his friends in Mystic Falls. Valerie has learned of a safe house that can protect him; the St. James Infirmary, which is a magic-free zone in New Orleans. You’ll have to watch the episode for more details. No spoilers here.
Covington, Georgia may be Mystic Falls, but it sometimes substitutes for New Orleans, too! The Originals have recently chosen certain sites in Newton County as locations for their filming. We can’t give away too many details, yet. But, you can find out more information during one of the many tours happening during the Series Finale Event in Covington, Georgia!

Inside the “Reel” Houses of Mystic Falls: Orna Villa

orna villa We’re back with another inside look into the “Reel” houses of Mystic Falls. This week, we’re visiting a Newton County landmark that became a Hollywood icon, once The Vampire Diaries sunk their fangs into it! Orna Villa, located in Oxford, Georgia, is the jewel of Emory Street and was used during season 4 of The Vampire Diaries, in an episode called “The Five”. But, is there more to this resplendent residence than just Y’allywood good looks? Many say that Orna Villa is home to ghosts as well as vampires! Take a look, and don’t get scared, as we venture inside this Greek Revival masterpiece.

The house was originally built in 1825, making the structure the oldest in Oxford. Orna Villa was designed by Richard K. Dearing, a pre-Civil War master architect, who designed the mansion for Alexander Means. As the founder and president of Emory College, Means was a true Renaissance man; his careers included physician, professor, and Methodist minister. Eventually, the Emory College site would become Oxford College of Emory University. There is a little known legend that states that Means was fascinated by electricity and would conduct experiments using lights, in an upstairs room in the home. Residents of Oxford claim that they sometimes see flickering lights in upstairs windows. Could Means still be performing electrical experiments, even in death?

orna villa Speaking of spirits, Orna Villa is most well-known for its alleged association with the ghost of Tobe Means. The Covington News reported that “According to lore, Means was insistent that his children receive a college education but his son Tobe was uninterested and wanted to travel. Several heated arguments were had over this issue and Tobe would stomp and fume through the house. Some say Tobe left one day out of anger. Others, like Jim Watterson, a former owner of Orna Villa, have heard that he became infatuated with a redheaded woman who was working at a carnival that was passing through Newton County, and ran off with her. Many have said they hear stomping in certain parts of the home, as if Tobe were once again venting his frustrations at his father.”

Nowadays, Orna Villa is bustling with activity. Do any of our vampire fans remember the Murder Night frat party in season four? Producers revamped Orna Villa into the Sigma Kappa Beta house for episode four of that season. Just in case you’ve forgotten which episode we mean, here is brief reminder with no spoilers! Damon, Elena, and Bonnie decided to visit Whitmore College, to gather more information about the Five. While there, our trio were invited to a Whitmore frat party, at the Sigma Kappa Beta house. The theme of the party? Murder Night. Guests of the party came dressed as infamous, historical serial killers or their unfortunate victims.

orna villa Are you ready to see Orna Villa for yourself? Well, you’re in luck. Orna Villa is opened for tours, so you can see if you can spot Tobe Means or maybe partake in some hair-raising experiments with his father. You can also join us for The Vampire Diaries Season 8 Finale, on March 10th. Book your hotel rooms now, using this link, and join with other fans of #ForeverMysticFalls as we say farewell to The Vampire Diaries. Then, take a tour with Vampire Stalkers of special filming locations, like Orna Villa, and get exclusive facts and information about filming sites.

 

Inside the “Reel” Houses of Mystic Falls: Lockwood Mansion

worthington manorThere is a house in Covington, Georgia that they call Worthington Manor. This stately home, better known as Lockwood Mansion to fans of the hit series The Vampire Diaries, sits just off the historic Covington Square. The original structure is also an integral part of Covington’s history. It was built in 1850, just before the Civil War. But, this gem of Floyd Street wasn’t always so impressive. Just ask owners Benjamin Dameron and Ralph Miller.

The dynamic duo purchased the home in 1997 and said the conditions inside Worthington Manor was “deplorable”. The entire house had to be renovated and remodeled before Dameron and Miller could move in. The original hardwood floors had rotted through. The bathrooms even had to be removed and relocated within Worthington Manor, due to coding and plumbing issues. But, that doesn’t mean the integrity of this historic home were completely removed.

worthington manorIn an interview with The Covington News, Dameron and Miller recounted their two-year renovation.  “The homeowners point out instances where windows, doors, bricks and other materials were salvaged and reused when possible. These details helped maintain the dignity of the home’s past while imbuing the sense of a well thought out living space that is both timeless and comfortable.”

Now, Worthington Manor is immaculate. The couple has decorated the home with antiques that have been meticulously collected and lovingly placed within the Manor’s elegant living and dining rooms. The back garden has become a paradise, filled with duck ponds and ranging landscapes. They even have a few black ducks (lovingly known as “Vampire Ducks) which Dameron named after sound techs who’ve worked on The Vampire Diaries. Don’t forget about Worthington’s resident mascot, George Lockwood! This friendly kitty prowls the grounds and waits to greet anyone who visits. He’s always ready for a kitty cuddle or two!

worthington manorBut, how did Worthington Manor become transformed into The Vampire Diaries’ Lockwood Mansion? According to Covington News, locations scouts came knocking around four years ago. “The directors were walking down East Street, discussing the look they wanted for the mayor’s mansion on the show. They stumbled upon Worthington Manor and the couple’s home was thrust into television fame.”

During filming, the couple play host to almost 250 cast and crew members from The Vampire Diaries. And, Dameron and Miller both stay in the home during the filming process. Dameron explained that the cast and crew have become like family. “‘They’ve adopted us and we’ve adopted them,’ smiles Dameron. We were at a flea market and we heard someone calling our names and there was Nina [Dobrev, the actress who plays Elena on the show]. She comes running up and hugs us.’ “

worthington manorThe couple has seemed to find fame an easy burden to bear. It helps, they say, that fans of the show are some of the best fans around. Both “Dameron and Miler are just as gracious with sharing their home with the show’s fans as long as the fans don’t go too far in trespassing on their property.” It is a private residence after all. But, if you join other #TrueFanpires during the Series Finale Party, you could find yourself wandering the grounds of Lockwood Mansion. Register for your tickets now, for exclusive tours and visit never-before-seen filming locations from The Vampire Diaries!