Bulloch County Courthouse in downtown Statesboro, Georgia, at sunset

Bulloch County Courthouse in downtown Statesboro

Crawfordville & Statesboro Film Tour

For that Southern small-town look, Crawfordville and Statesboro have what it takes to set the right scene.

The Classic South and Magnolia Midlands regions of Georgia feature some of the state's most iconic small towns, all made for the silver screen. Here you'll find antebellum homes, agricultural communities and charming residents. See why Hollywood has chosen the regions, especially Crawfordville and Statesboro, for their television and movie projects.

Downtown Crawfordville, Georgia

Downtown Crawfordville

Crawfordville's small-town charm has been captured on screen in both "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002) and "Get Low" (2009). In the latter, a hermit in Tennessee throws himself a funeral party while he's still alive and recruits a local funeral home director to help. Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek star in the film, which is based on a true story. Locations in Newnan, Dallas and Covington also were used.

Taliaferro County Courthouse in Crawfordville, Georgia

Taliaferro County Courthouse

The county seat in Crawfordville is built in a stunning High Victorian style, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's been the backdrop for "Sweet Home Alabama." The county has set up its own way to experience the camera-ready community, the Movie Mania geocaching trail. Along the way, you can find the locations featured in the dozens of films.

Heavy's Barbeque

Used as Stella's bar in "Sweet Home Alabama," this real-life Crawfordville barbecue restaurant still has the sign used in the movie. Rustic decor like local antiques and mounted animal heads cover the walls of the dining room. It's the perfect stopover between Madison and Augusta for Brunswick stew and pulled pork.

Averitt Center for the Arts in Statesboro, Georgia

Averitt Center for the Arts

Located in the heart of downtown Statesboro, the Averitt Center for the Arts complex includes theaters, art galleries and general arts programming. One movie filmed here was "Now and Then" (1995), which follows a group of girlfriends growing up in a small town in the 1970s and as they reunite as adults. The movie, which starred Rita Wilson, Christina Ricci, Rosie O'Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffmann, and Demi Moore, also filmed in Savannah and Effingham County.

Bulloch County Courthouse in Downtown Statesboro, Georgia

Bulloch County Courthouse/Downtown Statesboro

"Now and Then" also filmed throughout downtown Statesboro, including at the intersection of East and West Main streets. The Classic Revival structure was built in 1894 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It replaced previous versions and was also used as a background in the film "1969," which came out in 1988 and stars Robert Downey, Jr., Kiefer Sutherland, Bruce Dern and Winona Ryder.

David Spade and Adam Sandler in The Do-Over

Food World

This grocery store on Fair Road in Statesboro was used in a scene in "The Do-Over" (2016), a Netflix film with Adam Sandler and David Spade. The adult comedy is about two friends who fake their own deaths to assume the identities of people even worse off. Other scenes were filmed throughout Savannah. Food World also has locations in Vidalia and Dublin.

To see photos from the day of filming, visit the Statesboro Herald on Facebook.

Published: August 2017
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