Hollywood of the South: Your guide to movie locations in the Lowcountry

It’s no secret that the Lowcountry is full of the kind of beauty that makes you feel like you’re in a movie. Hollywood agrees! That’s why several big screen hits have been filmed right here in our backyard. So, why not make a weekend out of reliving some of your favorite movie scenes right where they were filmed? Here are some of the most famous movies shot in the Lowcountry and the locations you can find around town.

 

The Patriot

Cypress Gardens: This beautiful, swampy spot was used as the location of the Old Spanish Mission Black Swamp Militia’s secret headquarters. Cypress Gardens is currently closed for renovations after suffering storm damage in the 2015 floods, but there’s good news! It is set for a grand reopening on April 13.

Middleton Place: One of the movie’s ball scenes was filmed at the historic plantation home. It’s open daily for tours, so go ahead and dance it out!

Botany Bay Plantation: The beach slave camp was shot on this beautiful Edisto Island hideaway. 

College of Charleston’s Randolph Hall: The interior of this building, which serves as the College’s main administrative building, was used as the location for some of the assembly meetings.

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Mansfield Plantation: An antebellum rice plantation on the banks of the Black River in Georgetown County, this home’s exterior was used as Aunt Charlotte’s plantation home.

 

The Notebook

Boone Hall Plantation: This charming Mount Pleasant attraction served as the Hamilton’s summer home and can be seen in many scenes throughout the movie. It is open to the public for tours and hosts several festivals and events throughout the year.

Calhoun Mansion: Charleston’s largest home at 24,000 square feet and 35 rooms, this extravagant mansion was used as the inside of the Hamilton’s home. Today, it is a private residence but there are daily tours.

Cypress Gardens: Does row boat romance surrounded by swans and geese ring a bell? One of the most epic scenes in the movie was filmed in the cypress swamp at Cypress Gardens. Little known fact: all of the swans and geese in used in this scene went on to live at Longwood Plantation, the home of Live 5 News Anchor, Debi Chard and her husband.

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Rice Hope Plantation: On the bank of the Black River, 10 miles north of Georgetown, this private property served as the nursing home where Noah visits Allie.

Old Village, Mt Pleasant: Remember Allie smushing ice cream in Noah’s face as they strolled through the fictional town of Seabrook? That scene was shot in the beautiful Old Village section of Mount Pleasant.

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The American Theatre: The downtown Charleston theater at the corner of Radcliffe and King Street is where Noah & Allie dance after a double date to the movies. A few blocks north, at the corner of King and Mary is where they lay down in the middle of the street. We don’t recommend trying to relive that part, but it’s a great spot to snap some photos and the theater often gets creative with their marquee board. You can’t watch movies here anymore, but you can rent out the historic space for events.

College of Charleston campus: The “New York” college Allie attends is actually the College of Charleston.

Martins Point Plantation: The private home on Wadmalaw Island is the house Noah buys to fix up for Allie. Rather than actually renovating a home, the movie crew distressed the current building to make it look old for the earlier scenes.

William Aiken House: The scene of the wedding dress fitting.

Edisto Island: The house that was used as Noah’s fathers home is located on the drive in to main house at Sunnyside Plantation on Edisto Island.

High Cotton: The scene where Noah sees Allie through the window eating with her fiancé was filmed at the well known East Bay Street restaurant.

 

The Legend of Bagger Vance

The Ocean Course: Several scenes from this movie were filmed on the exclusive Kiawah Island golf course. They even created a hole just for the movie. Unfortunately, the hole is unmarked and not on any of the official courses.

The Pete Dye Course on Colleton River Plantation- This Bluffton course was the backdrop for many of the other golf scenes.

Brookland Plantation- This Edisto Island home served as the home of Matt Damon’s character, Rannulph Junuh.

 

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

Botany Bay Plantation: Due to its jungle-like nature, Botany Bay was used for all of the jungle scenes in this silly movie starring Jim Carrey.

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Cherokee Plantation: A Georgian mansion and beautifully manicured gardens, this plantation in Yemassee served as the location for the British Consulate in Bonai.

Additional sets were built in the old General Dynamics plant in Bushy Park, on the Cooper River near Goose Creek.

 

Dear John

Isle of Palms Pier: The well-known pier near the county park on Isle of Palms served as the spot for John and Savannah’s  meet-cute. Although, it is a hotspot especially during the summer months, the pier is only open for walking to guests of the Sea Cabin and Oceanside Villas.

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Fort Moultrie Beach: This section of beach on the Charleston Harbor end of Sullivan’s Island is where you can see the two beach homes where Savannah summers next door to her eventual husband, Tim. One of the first scenes of the movie features a party in the front yard of the house she stays in, overlooking the beach. 

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College of Charleston’s Randolph Hall:  The administrative building on the College of Charleston’s campus serves as the backdrop to where Savannah writes her letters to John.

Charleston Air Force Base: The Citadel’s infirmary was used as the German Hospital where John receives treatment after being shot in the shoulder.

Bowen’s Island Restaurant: This famous and rustic seafood restaurant off Folly Road is the location of Savannah and John’s first date.

Cassina Point Plantation: The Edisto Island home was used as Savannah’s family home.

Lafarge Cement: The Harleyville plant was turned into an Afghan village and used as a battle scene during John’s deployment.

The Gaillard Center: The second floor of the Gaillard Center was turned into an airport security checkpoint for the movie. However, the current Gaillard Center was built between 2012 and 2015. Dear John, filmed in 2010, was shot in the old building.

Fort Moultrie: This historic fort served as a military installation on the Congo coast.

Folly Beach: The scene of Savannah and John’s fight about his dad.

 

Halloween

Magnolia Cemetery: The beautiful and historic cemetary in downtown Charleston was the scene of Haddonfield Cemetary in this thriller starring Jaime Lee Curtis.

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James Island: The home at 40 Fenwick Drive off of Folly Road is where Laurie sees Michael in the second floor window and fires her gun at him.

Hanahan: The gas station at 1256 Yeamans Hall Road is where Michael kills the mechanic.

President Street: The home at 330 President Street downtown is where Michael stalks a woman, taking a hammer from the garage and a knife from inside the house. He also attacks a woman at 332 President. Shudder. This movie is so romantic.

Military Magnet Academy: This public school in North Charleston was Smith Grove Sanitarium, where Michael was being held in the courtyard.

Danny Jones Complex Armory: This building served as Haddonfield High School.

Die Hard With A Vengeance

Old Cooper River Bridges: The old Grace Memorial Bridge is where McClane and Zues jumped off onto a container ship. The movie takes place in New York but if you look closely, you’ll see the Lowcoutry marsh below them during the scene. 

Bushy park– The subway station crash scenes were shot on a stage built here.

Summerville: The geyser scene took place here, off I-26.

 

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