Jack Black in Goosebumps

Scene from the movie "Goosebumps."

Madison Film Tour

See why so many movies and TV shows have been captivated by Madison's charm.

The Historic Heartland region of Georgia is dotted with historic towns, but there is nowhere quite like Madison. Called "the town Sherman refused to burn," much of it was saved from Civil War damage, including more than 100 homes. Named for James Madison, the town has stood in for Delaware, New Orleans and Alabama in several films. See the real-life places you've seen on screen at these Madison film locations.

Places Filmmakers Love in Madison

Morgan County Courthouse

Morgan County Courthouse

The historic Morgan County Courthouse is an icon in Madison. The current building in downtown Madison is believed to be the third courthouse on the site after the first two were destroyed by fire. The Neoclassical Revival structure was built in 1905. It has been used as background in a number of television and film projects, including "Goosebumps," "I'll Fly Away," Rob Zombie's "Halloween II," "Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2" and "American Made," starring Tom Cruise.

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Madison Welcome Center

The Madison Welcome Center greets visitors in an 1887 firehouse. This location also was used in "Goosebumps," where it stood in as the local police station. Here, you can learn about new events and attractions, pick up brochures for the region and learn more about movies and TV shows filmed in Madison. Also ask about local dining options, the more than 45 specialty shops, and more than 160 antique dealers. 

Madison Morgan Cultural Center

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center

Set in an 1895 Romanesque school, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is the town's multidisciplinary performing and visual arts facility. The center was used as the basement in "Goosebumps," based on the popular children's book series. Jack Black stars as R.L. Stine, whose characters come to life and wreak havoc on the town. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it operated as a school until 1957 before becoming the arts center in 1976. In addition to its permanent collection detailing the history of the region, the original auditorium is still used, and the school bell rings daily.

Madison Town Park

Town Park

Town Park opened in honor of Madison’s bicentennial. The bandstand was designed to resemble the original Victorian bandstand that once sat there, as well as a replica of the Cooke Fountain. The Great Lawn is used for concerts and events open to the public. Locals have been gathering in the space since the early 1900s. Madison’s public green space was used as New Orleans' Jackson Square Park for "The Originals" in 2015.

Bonar Hall

Bonar Hall

Located in the Madison Historic District, this 1840s Georgian home is one of the first of its kind built during the town’s cotton boom. Originally home to the Walker family, it was first listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. It contains a main house with a portico and smaller brick houses on the property. Today, it contains 13 acres that include a slave cabin and carriage house as well as formal boxwood gardens. In 2004, the home was used in hospital scenes in the HBO film "Warm Springs" about Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s struggle with polio. It starred Cynthia Nixon, Kenneth Branagh, and Kathy Bates. Scenes from "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals" also have been filmed here.

Hard Labor Creek State Park

Hard Labor Creek State Park

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge boasts Piedmont views in a historic setting between Madison and Covington. Named for the slaves who worked the fields or American Indians who found the creek difficult to cross, the park has campsites and cottages, trails, a golf course and more. Camp Daniel Morgan, located inside the park, was used as a camp for three well-known movies. 1980’s "Little Darlings" starring Tatum O’Neal and Matt Dillon, 1985’s TV film "Poison Ivy" starring Michael J. Fox, and 1986’s "Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives" all were filmed here.

Rutledge Baptist Church

Rutledge Baptist Church

Located in nearby Rutledge, this Baptist church was used in "Selma" for its brick exterior. It played the part of the Selma, Ala., jail, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., played by David Oyelowo, was jailed after marching for equal voting rights. "Selma" is one of Georgia's Academy Award-winning films.

Susie Agnes Hotel - Bostwick City Hall

Susie Agnes Hotel

Located in nearby Bostwick, the Susie Agnes Hotel was built in 1902 by town founder John Bostwick. Named for his wife and sister, it operated as a hotel and boarding house with commercial space for many years. In 1992, it was used as the second hotel where Lisa and Vinny stayed in "My Cousin Vinny." After filming was complete, the building was sold and given to the city, and it later became the Bostwick City Hall. Bostwick also is home to the remake of the movie "Footloose" as well as the annual Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival in November.

Published: November 2017
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