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From Podcast to Production: Real Folklore Depicted on Amazon’s Lore-Part One

From Podcast to Production: Real Folklore Depicted on Amazon’s Lore-Part One

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see url In our previous blogs about Amazon’s Lore, we have discussed this highly anticipated series release with teasers. Now that this series is finally streaming on Amazon, can you spot some familiar sites in the very first episode?

go In this episode, They Made A Tonic, we are introduced to George Brown of Rhode Island in 1882. George suffers tragic losses of his eldest daughter and his wife from “consumption”(known today as Tuberculosis).

Starsville plantation is the location that was used in this episode in the beginning. Look closely at the scene where George and his son, Edwin are talking. The Starsville plantation house can be seen in this scene from a distance.

Throughout this episode of Amazon’s Lore, George Brown tries save his only son from this deadly disease after his youngest daughter passes away from consumption as well. He begins to believe that a demon has taken over his dead wife and two daughters.

He and some other men decide to disturb their resting places so they can find out who has become apart of the undead. After they dug up Mercy Brown’s grave they observed that her body looked like it was still alive. The way she looked with fresh blood around her mouth speculated rumors that she was a “vampire.”

Did y’all notice that this episode of Amazon’s Lore featured the same headstones used in The Vampire Diaries?

The headstones are shown later on in the episode when the men dig up the graves of his wife and two daughter’s graves.

This episode of Amazon’s Lore discusses the beliefs of people during that time period. Ever heard of the term “saved by the bell” or of Dracula?

“Saved by the bell” started due to people being buried alive on accident, according to the Amazon’s Lore narrator. When Tuberculosis began to wreak havoc in New England during the 19th century, people were being mistaken “dead” and buried. If these people were alive, they could ring the bell that was placed in the coffin with them to be saved.

Amazon’s Lore, revealed at the end of the first episode that the story of George Brown ended up becoming one of the inspirations for Bram Strokers legendary novel, Dracula.

 Stay tuned for another blog about TWO other episodes of Amazon’s Lore that were filmed in Newton County too….

 

 

Visit #ForeverMysticFalls and Walk Among the Stars

walk among the starsWe all know how beautiful Covington, Georgia is. But, don’t let the small-town look deceive you. Covington has been used as a filming location for many great movies and television shows. And, movie buffs have been known to visit our town frequently, to walk among the stars. Over the years, so many TV shows and feature films have been produced in the city of Covington that it has been renamed the Hollywood of the South, a moniker we’re so proud of that we even created our very own Walk of Stars!

starsCovington has had a landslide of Hollywood activity in Covington. The Hollywood influence spans from “My Cousin Vinny,” to “Remember the Titans.” Reese Witherspoon even graced the town while filming the movie, “Sweet Home Alabama”. But it is the CW’s television phenomenon “The Vampire Diaries” that draws the biggest crowds. So, to honor our celebrity connections, the town of Covington erected the Walk of Stars.

Tourists and locals alike can see the pavers marking filming locations and learn about the movies and actors who have shaped the film history of Covington.  The Vampire Diaries have their own paver by the law offices and the Cannonball Run’s block is close to Square Perk, where it was filmed.  There will be over 30 pavers lining downtown Covington.  So, next time you are looking for tourist attractions in Georgia, be sure to plan a visit to walk among the stars in the Original Hollywood of the South.

walk among the starsCurious about who all is included in our Walk of Stars? Here’s a list of some of the movies and TV shows filmed in Covington and Newton County: “A Man Called Peter,” “Flight,” “Miss Evers’ Boys,” “Cannonball Run,” “Remember the Titans,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Bobby Jones,” “Friday the 13th,” “American Reunion,” “My Cousin Vinny” and “Madea’s Family Reunion.”

Plan your perfect weekend getaway to the “reel” Hollywood of the South and walk among the stars. Use this link and book a room in one of our luxury hotels and suites. Then, wander through Covington’s Walk of Stars along the historic Covington Square.

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.

#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!

 

 

#MysticFallsForever: Nina Dobrev’s Epic Return to The Vampire Diaries

nina dobrevThis is not a drill, people! Yesterday (January 26th, to be precise), it was announced that Nina Dobrev, aka Elena Gilbert, would be returning for the final episode of The Vampire Diaries. That’s right; Elena/Katherine/Katrina is returning to Mystic Falls, just in time to say goodbye. The announcement came via Instagram because pics or it didn’t happen! According to InStyle Magazine, “The actress posted a photo of a script for TVD with her name stamped in big letters across the cover. ‘I know its [sic] Thursday, but this is not a TBT. #BackOnSet #TVDForever,’ she captioned the post, sending fans into a frenzy.”

Frenzy, indeed. Within hours, news of the return of Nina Dobrev had reached epic proportions. The photo of the final Vampire Dairies script has received over a million likes on Instagram. We did a little digging (by that, we mean obsessively studied the snap with a magnifying glass) and we can confirm that Elena will definitely be returning for the series finale, which is set to air on the CW Network on Friday, March 10th.

nina dobrevThe episode is entitled “I Was Feeling Epic”, which is a bit of an understatement. Fans all across the world have been waiting for the chance to see Delena re-united once more. Instyle even shared a few speculations from this epic episode. “‘I Was Feeling Epic’ will be directed by series producer Julie Plec. It’s interesting to note since both actors Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder have tried their hand at directing this season, so it seems they’ll be too busy with Elena’s big return to take a seat in the director’s chair.” What could our boys be up to?

Whatever it is, it’s safe to say that fans of The Vampire Diaries will be thrilled with this final episode. According to E! News, this comeback was always in the works. Dobrev, who left Mystic Falls after a six-season run, had a clause in her contract that stipulated she would return for the series finale. In an interview yesterday, creator Julie Plec said: “I’m thrilled to bring this show to an end the way we always intended – with Nina back to help us say goodbye.” Kevin Williamson, co-creator, added, “I’m so excited to have Nina back to ensure our farewell episode is truly epic!”

nina dobrevIf you’re just as excited as we are, then prepare yourselves. Because we have some epic news of our own. Covington, Georgia is throwing a series finale party like no other. On March 10th, gather near the infamous Clocktower and experience the final goodbye, directly from Mystic Falls. Join with #TrueFanpires from across the globe, as you experience special behind-the-scenes location tours. We’re even showing off some new, never-before-revealed filming sites! Reserve your tickets now, because this event will sell-out soon! Especially, with the finale promising to be so, well…EPIC!

#FreakyFriday: The Vampire Diaries-Originals Crossover

originalscrossoverHave you felt a certain chill in the air? Have your thoughts been drifting to Jack-o-lanterns and horror films? Then, you are in for a treat (or maybe a trick) because it’s two months until Halloween! Covington, Georgia has been the home of many scary film productions over the years. We are celebrating all of our supernaturally scintillating movies and television shows with #FreakyFriday, a series of behind-the-scenes looks at your favorite horror films, until Halloween night!

the-originalsBecause we are Covington, Georgia we wanted to start our #FreakyFriday series with everyone’s favorite undead residents. The Vampire Diaries is the series that started it all, but have you checked out their spin-off series, The Originals? The story centers around the Mikaelson siblings, Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt). The siblings return 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 of the city. 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.

originalsIf 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.

And, check out more of our #FreakyFridays! Got any ideas for movies or shows you’d like to see? Let us know on our social media!