Itinerary

Classic Southern Film Tour

See the sights from movies and television shows that feature Southern culture and attractions.

  • Classic Southern Movie Locations

1. "Fried Green Tomatoes"

Juliette, Georgia, is home to the original Whistle Stop Cafe and other locations featured in the classic Southern film "Fried Green Tomatoes." The café is open daily from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

2. "Sweet Home Alabama"

Historic Oak Hill, a Georgia historic landmark and the home of Berry College founder Martha Berry, plays the part of Melanie's (Reese Witherspoon) pretend Alabama home in "Sweet Home Alabama."

3. "Driving Miss Daisy"

Site of the infamous 1958 Temple Bombing, this historic Atlanta synagogue is shown as Jessica Tandy's place of worship in "Driving Miss Daisy," though in the film the bombing takes place in the late 1960s. In reality, the bombing was in retaliation for the outspoken civil rights activism of The Temple’s senior rabbi, Jacob Rothschild.

4. "The Cannonball Run"

In 1981's "The Cannonball Run," Burt Reynolds famously pilots his single engine plane onto a street in downtown Covington so Dom DeLuise can pop in to a market for more beer. The film also features Dean Martin, Roger Moore, Sammy Davis Jr. and Burt Convy, among others.

5. "In the Heat of the Night"

Covington has long been used in films due to its small-town charm and proximity to Atlanta. Fans of the TV show "In the Heat of the Night" will recognize the Newton County Courthouse. Covington doubled as the fictional town of Sparta on the show, and the courthouse was often featured. There are many spots around town that are of interest to film and television buffs. The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce has maps available for those interested in a self-guided tour.

6. "Forrest Gump"

The original bench Tom Hanks (as "Forrest Gump") rests on with his box of chocolates at the edge of Chippewa Square in Savannah now resides in the Savannah History Museum. But the square remains a popular destination for visitors, both film and history buffs. There is seating, and plenty of good shopping close by, so it's definitely worth a stop!

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