History is everywhere, but not all historic sites become associated with a movie. Whether you are a history buff or a film aficionado, you will be intrigued by these iconic sites in Georgia where the past meets the present.
The Swan House
Designed by famed architect Philip Trammell Shutze for a wealthy Atlanta family, the 1928 Swan House is a star of the movies “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and "Mockingjay Part 1" as the site of President Snow’s mansion, both inside and out. Contact the Atlanta History Center for tour dates and times of this beautiful Buckhead house museum where a heritage of culture, commerce and elegance collide.
Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum in Rome is the Greek Revival home of Martha Berry, founder of Berry College, one of Georgia’s notable private educational institutions. Here, she entertained philanthropists such as Henry Ford, seeking support for what began as a school for the region’s underprivileged children. The Oak Hill house museum not only helps to tell the Berry story, it is easily recognized as the Carmichael home in the move “Sweet Home Alabama,” while the Ford Dining Hall on the Berry campus is featured in the football camp scene of “Remember the Titans.”
Georgian Terrace Hotel
Every great city has a grand hotel, and Atlanta’s The Georgian Terrace fits the bill. With its floor-to-ceiling elegance, it was a natural to host the premier gala of “Gone With the Wind” in 1939. More recently, it is featured as the luxury hotel where Sandy and Diana stay in "Identity Thief."
Jekyll Island Club Resort
A National Trust Historic Hotel of America, the Jekyll Island Club Resort dates to the late 19th century. After the 2000 film "The Legend of Bagger Vance" was released, so many patrons stopped by to have a drink at the "lobby bar," built and removed by the film company, that the Club re-created it to the delight of their guests.
Madison is unique in Georgia for its large number of restored antebellum homes, so visibly retaining the charm of the Old South. It was the hometown of television's Bedford Family in the early 1990s series "I'll Fly Away,” as well as the backdrop for scenes from "My Cousin Vinny" and "Road Trip.”
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain is the world's largest piece of exposed granite, and it is the centerpiece of the 3,200-acre Stone Mountain Park. With miles of walking and jogging trails, a beach, golf, paddle boats, a train and much more, the park is a popular destination for families. Movie producers also like Stone Mountain and have filmed at the location for “The Three Stooges” and “Prisoners.”
The romantic and charming mountain town of Dahlonega made the perfect backdrop for the Hallmark movie “Shooting Christmas.” The city’s historic courthouse lights up the square as the centerpiece of town, celebrated for its history as the location of the First Gold Rush.