Charleston SC movies
Location: Boone Hall Plantation, Mount Pleasant; Calhoun Mansion, downtown
Patrick Swayze's character lives at Mont Royal Plantation, which is actually Boone Hall Plantation, one of Mount Pleasant's biggest attractions. Remarkably, the plantation and the grounds looks almost exactly the same as it did during all three parts of the mini-series. Yay for historic preservation!
*Fun fact: my dad was an extra in the second episode of the 1985 installment mini-series and can be seen sitting in the back of a wagon pulling a horse. He's got a hat on and is going around the plantation house (around 1:09:21 in the video below).
My dad! (He's the one in the hat.)
You didn't know that your favorite travel blogger was practically film royalty, did you?!
How to relive your favorite scenes:
- Visit Boone Hall Plantation on Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant. It's a private residence with an admission fee, but the ticket price is well worth it. Tour the grounds, the slave quarters, and the house, and admire the stunning line of huge oaks leading up to the house.
- Take a tour of the Calhoun Mansion downtown on 16 Meeting Street. There are two different tour options: a shorter, less expensive one ($16) and a much longer tour of the entire mansion ($75).
The Notebook (2004): starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands, James Garner
Screenshot from The Notebook that was filmed at Cypress Gardens
The filming of this Nicholas Sparks adaptation took over the Lowcountry for several months and there are very few scenes that weren't filmed in or around Charleston. I was in high school at the time that the movie was being shot, and I begged my sister to accompany me on my quest to find him. Despite being incredibly close to carnival scene set, she insisted that we go home-and Ryan Gosling missed out on his chance of being my +1. (I'm sure he cries himself to sleep at night.)