Will Patton and Denzel Washington in Remember the Titans

Will Patton and Denzel Washington in "Remember the Titans"

Remember the Titans Film Tour

Visit the Georgia locations that stand in for Virginia in this unforgettable film.

In "Remember the Titans," Denzel Washington stars as the coach of a high school football team’s first racially integrated team. Coach Herman Boone and current coach Bill Yoast work together to bring the divided team together to win against all odds or risk getting fired. The movie was filmed around the state of Georgia and launched the careers of actors Kate Bosworth, Hayden Panettiere, Donald Faison and Ryan Gosling.

See how Georgia stands in for Virginia in this unforgettable film

Berry College Ford Complex

Berry College Walking Trails & Swan Lake

Located in Rome, Ga., Berry College is one of the state’s most scenic campuses, not to mention the world’s largest. Founded by Martha Berry in 1902 for the area’s tenant farmers, the historic buildings and mill make it the perfect backdrop for film and television. Included in the campus is Oak Hill, Berry’s stunning antebellum home. The campus has been used in "Sweet Home Alabama," "Constantine" and "Remember the Titans," which used the Old Mill, Oak Hill, Swan Lake and the Ford dining hall in scenes.

The Silver Skillet in Atlanta

The Silver Skillet

Open since 1956, the diner-style restaurant has been serving breakfast and lunch to national celebrities, politicians, and, of course, local Georgia Tech students. The family-operated greasy spoon has been voted the best breakfast in Atlanta with dishes like skillet country ham and corned beef hash. The Silver Skillet has been featured in several film productions, including TLC’s music video for “Destiny,” "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," "Anchorman 2" and "Remember the Titans." Notable names on the restaurant's wall of fame are Dennis Quaid, Clint Eastwood and Diane Sawyer.

Mystic Grill in Covington, Georgia

Downtown Covington

Historic Covington is set around its iconic courthouse with shops selling antiques, apparel and toys, as well as restaurants and spas. The small town has also been used as a backdrop for countless television and film projects, including "The Dukes of Hazzard," "In the Heat of the Night," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Remember the Titans." Visitors can pick up the “On Location” brochure upon arrival, which points out significant downtown filming sites used in these productions.

Cemetery in Decatur, Georgia

Decatur Cemetery

Decatur’s largest green space is a 58-acre cemetery containing headstones dating back to the early 1800s. Among the famous names buried here are politicians, authors, musicians and other notable residents from Decatur, DeKalb County and Georgia history. Visitors can explore on their own with a self-guided walking tour brochure as well as guided tours available seasonally. The city’s oldest cemetery was the setting for the opening and closing scenes of "Remember the Titans."

Inside The Varsity

The Varsity

Known as the world’s largest drive in restaurant, The Varsity’s red "V" sign has welcomed visitors to Atlanta for decades. First opened in 1928, it’s a favorite of college students and sports fans. Servers yell, "What’ll ya' have?" as you work up the courage to order a chili dog or Frosted Orange, or you can get car service from an old-fashioned carhop. Look at the memorabilia wall to see pictures of some of the most famous guests, including past presidents, musicians and actors. They’re also open past midnight on weekends, making it a perfect late-night bite. Always ready for her close-up, The Varsity is easily recognizable circa 1971 in "Remember the Titans."

Published: January 2017
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