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Four Oaks Farm: Stay at An Originals Filming Location!

Four Oaks Farm: Stay at An Originals Filming Location!

If you’ve been following Filmed in the South’s blogs, you already know that Conyers, GA, has tons of opportunities to see filming locations from the Originals. The TV show featured several of our main streets and many local shops while creating a New Orleans setting for the show. That’s why we’re Georgia’s French Quarter™!

But for those hard-core fans looking for more, we have a special treat for you today. Here’s the deal: you can actually stay at one of the Originals filming locations!

Four Oaks Farm is Hayley’s Safe House

Hayley’s Safe House (Pic by NobleOriginal)

Four Oaks Farm in Conyers was used in Season 4 as the filming location for Hayley’s safe house in Texas.

You may remember the farmhouse specifically from the episode where Klaus reunites with Hope for the first time after their 5-year separation. The family used the farm at the beginning of season 4 to regroup before returning to New Orleans to deal with the Hollow. It’s also where Freya drained Keelin’s werewolf venom for the cure.

You’ll clearly recognize the main house’s gorgeous exterior and surroundings from episodes 1 and 3, which makes visiting all the more exciting!

But why just visit when you can stay at Four Oaks Farm?

Staying at Four Oaks Farm

Photo from Four Oaks Farm Airbnb

We can’t think of a better way to create the perfect Originals vacation than by staying right where the magic happened.

While the main house isn’t up for grabs, fans can stay on-site at the recently renovated carriage house in the back. The space is fully equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, living room, and two bedrooms, so you and 3 friends can all enjoy the fun.

Interior of Four Oaks Farm Airbnb

Photo by Four Oaks Farm Airbnb

It also has wifi and a big TV, so you can watch reruns of the Originals at night! And the cozy patio outside offers the perfect place to sit back and reminisce over your favorite characters and scenes.

And, of course, you have to check out the farmhouse’s exterior and replay those scenes in your mind! Just remember to be respectful of the owners’ property and privacy so they can continue offering this experience to other fans.

What to Do During Your Stay

During the day, you can get acquainted with Four Oak’s goats and chickens before heading into town to enjoy all the film experiences that Conyers offers!

Sign up for an Originals walking tour to see where many of the show’s most memorable scenes were filmed. And be sure to reserve spots at The Sketching Pad for an Originals-themed painting party!

We also recommend a stop by the Sweet Treat Depot to pick up some exclusive Originals merch and dinner at the Celtic Tavern, which was also used as a filming location.

It’s the perfect vacation for any Originals fan!

You can reserve your nights at the Four Oaks Farm Airbnb here. And for tours and paint nights, just reach out to us at Filmed in the South!

 

 

Behind the Scenes with an Originals Extra

Behind the Scenes with an Originals Extra

We have an “extra”-special treat this week with a behind-the-scenes look at what it was like to be in an Originals episode! Kelly Glanville, super-fan turned Originals tour guide, gave us a sneak peek at her experience as an extra in season 5.

Kelly’s Story

In 2011, Kelly visited Covington, GA, for the very first Vampire Dairies convention and saw the show filming live. Not only did she love the filming process, but she lucked out and met Ian Somerhalder that day, too. “My life was over after that,” she said.

Kelly with Actor Ian Somerhalder at a Vampire Diary filming

After that fateful day, Kelly was on-site to watch filming whenever she could and finally moved to town permanently in 2016. By then, she was also into the Originals, which was filming season 4 just a few minutes away in Conyers, GA. And when season five rolled around, Kelly was ready to step beyond the sidelines and into the scene.

She applied to the show’s casting calls on Facebook and waited impatiently for them to reach back out to her. When they accepted her application, she “was super excited.” In fact, she still has her booking email saved.

Working as an Extra

Kelly was cast in Season 5, Episode 3, during the scene when Elijah and Antoinette are in Central Park.

The costume director instructed her to show up to the filming at Lenora Park dressed like it was fall in New York. (In reality, it was August in Georgia!) Luckily the filming happened at night, but she remembered it was still very humid.

Kelly was on set from 6 pm to 6 am, watching the filming and enjoying the free food. It was a lot of waiting, but she still enjoyed the experience. (And it was much calmer than when she spent 5 hours rollerblading for a Black Lightning scene that got cut!)

In the end, the directors blurred out the background, so you can hardly see her, but Kelly still had a great time. “I liked watching how they set everything up and then going back and seeing how they put it all together on TV.”

Extra Vs Fangirl

On the sidelines with Nina Dobrev

While she enjoys occasionally working as a cast member, Kelly says that she likes watching from the sidelines just as much because they’re different experiences.

One of the biggest drawbacks of being an extra is the inability to interact with the core cast members. “If I know a scene is going to have a cast member I’ve never met before, I don’t want to work it,” Kelly said. She’s also opted out of a few special episodes she wanted to watch unfold, like the Season 8 finale of TVD.

Personally, it seems like she’s found the perfect balance of the two because her list of autographs and selfies includes Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, and pretty much every major character to roll through both shows.

Kelly with Originals actor Daniel Gillies

Kelly also has a treasure trove of knowledge about the show from watching the filming take place over the years, which she’s happy to share on one of our Originals tours!

If you’d like to book a special behind-the-scenes tour with Kelly or one of our other expert guides, fill out the form below and reserve your spot today!

And if you’d like to read about what it was like to be an extra on The Vampire Diaries, check out this interview with Christie Copeland!

 

 

 

 

Guide to The Perfect Vacation in Georgia’s French Quarter

Guide to The Perfect Vacation in Georgia’s French Quarter

How would you like to spend your vacation in a unique location that doesn’t come with the stress of big crowds and high costs?

We’ve got the perfect spot: Georgia’s French Quarter™!

Olde Towne Conyers, Georgia, has an ideal blend of NOLA vibes, film tourism, laid-back activities, and good ole southern cooking. Not to mention our small-town atmosphere is perfect for disconnecting from the outside world and living in the present (or the past—it’s your choice!). And who knows, you may even catch a show or movie filming in progress!

If that sounds like your kind of trip, check out our top suggestions for the perfect vacation in Georgia’s French Quarter™.

Shop Your Way through Olde Towne

A shop in Olde Towne Conyers

Our historic center has plenty of one-of-a-kind boutiques and stores to discover during your stay. You never know what treasures you’ll find, from unique candle and soap shops to wine and jewelry!

Pretend You’re in New Orleans

NOLA Balconies in Olde Towne Conyers

Commercial Street has a special surprise for visitors: a row of French-Quarter shops! These colorful buildings were able to keep their ornate balconies after filming for the NOLA-based TV show Originals ended. As a result, it feels like you hook a turn right into Louisiana!

Catch a Show

As a hot filming location, it’s no surprise that our community puts a big emphasis on local theatre! Check out the latest performances at the New Depot Players, 3 Graces Theatre, or the Conyers-Rockdale Council-Arts.

Revisit TV and Movie Scenes

Speaking of filming locations, Olde Towne Conyers is brimming with opportunities to relive your favorite screen moments. Filmed in the South offers an exclusive tour of Georgia’s French Quarter, featuring filming locations from the hit TV shows The Vampire Diaries and Originals.

If that’s not your cup of tea, there’s plenty more film history around town to enjoy. You can retrace the steps of many hit productions, including Dukes of Hazard, In the Heat of the Night, Doom Patrol, Ozarks, Goosebumps, Sweet Home Alabama, and more!

Fill up on Local Bites

Celtic Tavern restaurant in Olde Towne Conyers

No matter what you’re craving, Olde Towne has plenty of tasty cuisines for you to try. We’ve got an Irish tavern, a sandwich shop, an old-fashioned soda fountain, ice cream, bars, a southern kitchen, and more! We guarantee you won’t walk away hungry.

Find and Create Art

We love art in Olde Towne! Visit the historic Train Depot to pick up a self-guided art tour around town. Then, sign up with the Sketching Pad for a Painting Party! Interested in a unique Originals-themed art event? Register here.

Wander the Gardens

Take a walk through the 1.5-acred Lewis Vaughn Botanical Garden for a quick but beautiful visit with nature, complete with koi fish and a fountain.

Brush up on Olde Towne’s History

Historic train depot in olde towne conyers

The Train Depot also offers a self-guided history tour you can take through Olde Towne. Grab a map and stroll through our historic streets to learn more about Conyers!

Start Your Perfect Vacation with a Film Tour

Behind the Scenes with a Vampire Diaries Extra

Behind the Scenes with a Vampire Diaries Extra

If you’ve ever wondered what it would’ve been like to be on the Vampire Diaries, this post is for you! Today, we’re taking you behind the scenes with one of our tour guides, 3-time Vampire Diaries extra Christie Copeland, who was also on-site for all eight seasons of filming.

Christie’s Story

For most of Season 1, Christie wasn’t into the show. But when some friends invited her to watch the on-site filming, she was immediately hooked.

It’s no surprise that Ian Somerhalder is what initially caught her eye. But aside from the chance to meet the cast, Christie loved watching the TV show come together. “So much goes into it. They’d film the same thing for 8 hours, and the clip could be 5 minutes. ”

At the end of season 1, Christie and her friends were cast as extras for the finale. “I think we all probably screamed and yelled,” she said. “It was just exciting to think about being on a show that you like.” She added that at that time, they had no idea how big the show was gonna be.

Working as an Extra

Christie made her debut in “Founder’s Day.” She’s in the crowd standing over Mayor Lockwood after the siren for the vampires makes him drop. It’s a short scene, but it actually took quite a while to film.

“When we worked the “Founder’s Day” episode, they had extras for 4 days. We worked 3 of them, 12 and 14-hour days.” She clarified that much of that time was sitting around waiting to be called on. But she enjoyed it because she wanted to see what they’d do next. “It could get long and monotonous, but overall we loved it.”

Christie ended up getting cast two more times on Vampire Diaries, including the school barbecue scene in Season 2, Episode 12 (“The Descent“), and the graduation scene in the Season 4 finale (“Graduation“).

The casting director always gave general instructions on what to wear (no red, white, or green because it always conflicted with the lighting). The extras had to find an appropriate outfit and then wear it for the next 3 days!

Christie also recalled working crazy hours, like 3 pm to 3 am. But that didn’t bother her because she spent many Friday nights outside until 5 am, watching the film crews from the sidelines.

She actually enjoyed being on the sidelines just as much as being an extra because (spoiler) you can’t talk to the cast when you’re an extra! You have more opportunities to get pictures with the cast when you’re a spectator. But if someone catches you doing that as an extra, you could get banned from working there again.

In Christie’s case, she booked enough hours cheering on the sidelines to meet every major cast member and develop relationships with some of them. That gave her some leeway to interact with the cast in seasons 2 and 4 when she was an extra.

“We put in the time,” she said. “If you stand back and you’re respectful, they treat you that way.” (BTW, Ian Somerhalder knows her by name, and she has a collection of selfies with him that would make any fangirl jealous, so it paid off!)

Her advice to others thinking about applying to be an extra is “Go do it! Try it and see what you think” because you might not get another chance.

Film Tourism is Better in Olde Towne Conyers!

Film Tourism is Better in Olde Towne Conyers!

Did you know that approximately 70 different movies and TV shows have been filmed in Conyers, GA? While you may not suspect it on a quiet day when filming’s not in progress, our small town is quite the hot spot for the entertainment industry! In fact, Olde Towne Conyers is pretty much the ideal place to visit for film tourism!

What is Film Tourism?

Put simply, “film tourism” is when people visit a destination because they saw it in a movie or TV show. Sometimes they visit because they think the scenery is beautiful (like the thousands who visit New Zealand every year because of The Lord of the Rings). Other times, people visit a place to see the exact locations where their favorite scenes happened and hope for an encounter with some of the stars.

Klaus and Elijah in front of the voodooshop in Conyers

Film Tourism in Olde Town Conyers

Olde Towne Conyers is a perfect film tourism destination for on-location filming. As the home base for the hit show The Originals, many of our visitors are fans coming to tour Georgia’s French Quarter©. After all, how often do you see a Georgia street decked out in New Orleans style with real parts of a TV set?

The Sandwich Shop kept its balconies from the Originals

But we have quite a bit going on for fans of other shows and movies, too. Some of America’s most popular shows and movies were filmed right on our streets, including:

  • Goosebumps
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Ozark
  • Stranger Things
  • The Resident
  • Dukes of Hazard
  • In the Heat of the Night

We even have a few projects filming in town right now, including the popular Vampire Diaries spin-off, Legacies, The Resident, and Sweet Magnolias.

Here’s another great reason to visit: on filming days, it’s not uncommon to see a movie or TV star walking down the streets of Old Towne or enjoying their lunch break at one of the local restaurants. But you should keep your eye out anytime you visit because you never know who you might see! Several stars from past productions loved our area so much that they decided to buy homes in Rockdale County.

Like regular tourism, film tourism is great for our local economy, which benefits from the film crews and more visitors coming to town. It also creates the opportunity for new, film-centric businesses to start and enhance the whole experience with behind-the-scene looks and special activities. Take us, for example, or this Airbnb used in The Originals. And unlike some film destinations, like Hollywood, you won’t be fighting the crowds to take pictures or get a bite to eat.

Visit the Celtic Tavern for a bite to eat in a former TV set

Visit Olde Towne!

If you come to visit us during filming seasons, please be respectful of the actors and film crews, and let them do their jobs.

And for the best behind-the-scenes looks at Conyers greatest productions, book a guided tour with Filmed in the South and let one of our local guides take you on an exclusive tour for your favorite show!

 

 

See Where the Vampire Diaries Filmed in Conyers, GA!

See Where the Vampire Diaries Filmed in Conyers, GA!

Did you know that the Vampire Diaries did some filming in Conyers? That’s right! Long before the Originals turned Conyers into Georgia’s French Quarter©, TVD used our streets and buildings for filming.

Today, we’re giving you all the details you need to see exactly where they filmed in our town, so you can revisit your favorite scenes!

“Bloodlines” Season 1, Episode 11

The first time Vampire Diaries came to Conyers was in the episode “Bloodlines,” when Damon and Elena take an impromptu trip to Atlanta. They end up at Bree’s Bar, which is owned by one of Damon’s former love interests.

The Conyers Welcome Center (901 Railroad St, Conyers, GA 30012) was used for the exterior of Bree’s Bar! You can see it in the background while Damon and Elena are in the parking lot.

“Ordinary People” Season 3, Episode 8

In “Ordinary People,” Stefan’s humanity is turned off. Damon frees Stefan from Lexi’s “rehab” and takes him to a bar, hoping to convince Stefan to turn his humanity back on.

That bar is The Whistle Post Tavern (935 Railroad St NW #5259, Conyers, GA 30012)! You’ll recognize it in the background as Damon and Stefan talk, starting around 17 minutes into the episode. Better yet, you’ll get to see the bar Damon dances on with the bartenders while Stefan drinks from a patron nearby (26 minutes, 46 seconds).

“We’ll Always Have Bourbon Street” Season 4, Episode 8

In “We’ll Always Have Bourbon Street,” Stefan and Damon return to New Orleans to retrace their steps from 1942 in search of a way to break Elena’s sire bond.

The first place you’ll want to visit for this Vampire Diaries episode is The Celtic Tavern on Commercial Street (918 Commercial St NE, Conyers, GA 30012). The interior of this Irish pub was used in several scenes during the episode. It’s where Damon meets Charlotte (the girl sired to him) in 1942, and she snaps a man’s neck (10 minutes, 30 seconds).

It’s also where Lexi and Stefan find Damon right before Stefan ships off to war, and Damon promises to join him (15 minutes).

When Damon fails to break Charlotte’s sire bond, he leaves her at the corner of Bourbon and Dumaine with the command to count every brick in New Orleans. The brothers find her there, still waiting for Damon (20 minutes, 22 seconds). The building they talk in front of is the backside of Creamberry’s Ice Cream (925 Commercial Street, Conyers, GA 30012).

Finally, head back to our Welcome Center to see the train station where Damon goes to meet Stefan. Inside, Lexi tells Damon to stay behind because he’s a bad influence. Both the interior and exterior were used for this scene (33 minutes, 50 seconds).

“Moonlight on the Bayou” Season 7, Episode 14

The last stop is a quick one, but don’t miss it! In “Moonlight on the Bayou,” Stefan is being chased by Rayna Cruz. He stops at a gas station to buy a charger. When he parks the car, you can clearly recognize our Milstead Food Mart (1355 Milstead Ave NE, Conyers, GA 30012). They even kept up the original signs for filming!

If you’d like a guided tour of these locations with more insider information, reach out to our team at Filmed in the South to book today!

10 Shows You Didn’t Know Were Filmed in Conyers, GA

Conyers, Georgia, has seen dozens of TV and movie crews pass through its streets over the years.

If you’ve been following our blog, you already know the Originals tv series was filmed in Old Towne Conyers, earning us the name of Georgia’s French Quarter©.  But you may be surprised at some of the others.

One of the last scenes shot in Olde Town

So today, we’re going behind the scenes to reveal 10 of the most popular shows that were filmed in our little town. Can you guess them all?

10 Shows Filmed in Conyers, Georgia

The Resident:

While the hospital building is actually the High Museum in Atlanta, many shots around town feature Conyers. The interior hospital shots also take place in town at one of our many local studios.

Teen Wolf:

Costley Mill Park

You’ll find an important piece of Beacon Hills in Conyers! For the 1st two seasons, Costley Mill Park was the filming location for the lacrosse field, Hale House, and some of the show’s forest scenes.

Doom Patrol:

It turns out Georgia can look a lot like Ohio. Doom Patrol’s production stage is located in town, and they frequently film in the Rockdale County area. You can see some of their filming locations along Commercial and Railroad Streets and The Pointe Bar.

Vampire Diaries:

Conyers was used multiple times for filming, especially in the shows’ New Orleans-based episodes. Some of the most recognizable filming locations include our historic railroad station, The Pointe Bar, and the backside of Commercial Street.

Legacies:

CW just loves us! Legacies is currently filming on and off in Conyers for its fourth season. Popular filming spots include Railroad Street, Carters Alley, Awake Coffee, and Center Street.

In the Heat of the Night:

This popular 80’s show frequently filmed in Conyers. You may recognize Conyers Presbyterian, Railroad Street, C-Town Bikes & Fitness, and The Pointe Bar, among many other spots around town.

The Dukes of Hazzard:

The first five episodes of this classic show were filmed in Conyers, too! While many of the locations are long gone, Cooters Junkyard is still on Hwy 20, and you can recognize the intersection of Hightower and Bethel roads from the opening scene of episode 3.

The Gifted:

Any Marvel fans out there? The Gifted used Conyers for some wooded scenes and shots around town.

Sweet Magnolias:

This South-Carolina based drama is actually not filmed in South Carolina. You’ll recognize Conyers locales throughout the show, including Costley Mill Park and Awake Coffee (True Brew Café).

Halt and Catch Fire:

This series spent a lot of its first season in town, basing the main character’s home within one of the houses on Main Street. They also used Main Street, Hwy 20 (between Zingara and Carr Roads), and Rockbridge Road for quite a few shots.

Was your favorite show on here?

Filmed in the South offers on-location tours for several of these popular shows! If you’re interested in booking a private tour, send us an email for available dates and times!

Behind the Scenes: The Originals Mardi Gras Finale in Georgia’s French Quarter

Behind the Scenes: The Originals Mardi Gras Finale in Georgia’s French Quarter

It’s Mardi Gras season! If you’re like us, Mardi Gras makes you think of more than just colorful beads and parades—it also reminds you of the Originals series finale!

To kick off the party, we wanted to share some behind-the-scenes info about the finale and how you can still experience a taste of New Orleans in Georgia’s French Quarter™!

The Originals Series Finale

Filming the finale in Old Towne. Used with permission on 2/11/2017 by Rockdale Citizen

“When the Saints Go Marching In” was the final episode of the Originals series, marking the end of a 5-season saga. A few minutes into the finale, fans were treated to a lively Mardis Gras scene as Hope searched for Klaus.

Despite the convincing New Orleans setting, this scene and most of the series were filmed in Old Town Conyers, Georgia! From 2013 to 2018, ornate balconies, fake street signs, and even false storefronts transformed Center and Commercial Streets into semi-permanent French Quarters.

Mardi Gras art in Conyers

When the series finale came around, the crew went all out with extensive decorations that turned Center Street into a Mardi Gras scene fit for New Orleans. The storefronts were hung with purple and green banners. Mardi Gras beads were liberally distributed, and floats and marching bands flooded the streets. The festive affair filled the scene with balloons, banners, and costumes. A rain of confetti filled the air for a final touch, covering everything in purple, green, and gold.

Although the Mardi Gras parade was lively and happy, the end of the series brought bittersweet feelings to everyone involved.

In an interview with reporter Larry Stanford, Michael Jones (the location manager for the Originals) said, “I’m happy to wrap up our series on such a high note, but at the same time I’m going to miss coming and filming.”

The series finale also affected the townspeople, who loved the cast and crew filming in Conyers. “We were all sad, of course, as it felt like the ending of an era, but knew the cast and some of the crew were ready to explore other avenues,” said Christie, a local who’d been on-site for the majority of filming. She also mentioned that many of the crew stayed in the area to continue working on the Originals’ spin-off series, Legacies, which also films in Conyers.

The Rockdale Newton Citizen confirmed that about 20% of the production’s full-time employees live right in Rockdale County, and Warner Bros. will continue to film shows in the area.

Georgia’s French Quarter™ Today

Fun fact: you can still see some prop balconies and signs on storefronts around town, whose owners were given a choice to keep their French Quarter décor!

Some stores on Commercial Street kept their ornate balconies

Some fan favorites include the Sandwich Shop (the exterior of Rousseau’s) and Phil’s Pawn Shop (an often-featured white-columned building). An entire row of shops on Commercial Street kept their ornate balconies, and you’ll recognize the Celtic Tavern from its featured bar.

For a full tour of filming locations around town, come see us at Filmed in the South!

*Given permission on 2/11/2017 by Rockdale Citizen

My Bloody Valentine: The Originals’ Most Epic Romances

My Bloody Valentine: The Originals’ Most Epic Romances

Like every good supernatural TV show, The Originals has its fair share of spicy romances. From unforgettable love stories to edge-of-your-seat drama with the enemy of the week, the Original siblings’ love lives are as much a part of the storyline as whomever they’re fighting that week.

So what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than a look at 5 of the most epic romances from The Originals? Here are our favorite couples from the series and why we love them together!

Elijah & Hayley

“What if?” is one of the most tantalizing questions in every unfinished romance—maybe that’s why we can’t get enough of Elijah and Hayley’s love story!

Elijah immediately establishes himself as a protector for Hayley and her unborn child out of a sense of duty for family. But very quickly, we can see that the two have chemistry! Unfortunately, there’s always something keeping Hayley and Elijah from being fully together, and we only get teasing glimpses of what could have been.

Elijah is never far from Hayley’s side

However, it’s clear that Hayley’s heart always belongs to Elijah and that he feels the same. Despite hardships and separation, this enduring love for each other shows us what a fantastic couple they would have been if they’d only been given a chance!

Klaus & Cami

We rarely get to see Klaus’s vulnerable side, but he lays everything bare when he’s with Camille. It’s touching to see him so open and tender toward someone, allowing us to see him in a better light.

The two eventually develop genuine feelings for each other, only to be separated by Aurora’s vindictive plans. Unfortunately, Klaus’s love for Cami becomes his weakness, making her a target for all his enemies. But even after Cami is dead, we see Klaus dreaming of her and can rest assured that they had something powerful and real even if they didn’t get to enjoy it for long.

Rebekah & Marcel

Talk about drawn-out romances! Rebekah and Marcel’s story spans several centuries and constant guilt trips over Rebekah’s loyalty to her siblings.

After a brief attempt at romance, Marcel and Rebekah are separated when Klaus forbids their love and daggers Rebekah for the next half-century. Despite some following animosity between Marcel and his adopted family (not to mention Rebekah’s body swap!), the two of them manage to rekindle their relationship throughout the series.

Finally, at the end of season four, we see the two lovers have worked past their differences and started a new life, free from the drama of New Orleans! We wish it could’ve ended with their happily ever after, but we can’t really blame Rebekah for returning out of love for her family.

Rebekah eventually returns because she loves her family. 

Kol & Davina

Kol is the epitome of an anti-hero, but we learn to love him as we see his heart through Davina’s love-struck eyes. At first, Kol is blood-thirsty and at odds with the inner circle of siblings. But love has a funny way of changing our priorities and hearts, as we can see when Kol falls in love with Davina. Although Davina is understandably furious when she finds out about Kol’s true identity, she manages to forgive him and love him back.

Their passion is possibly the strongest in the series, and Davina repeatedly goes to dangerous lengths to bring Kol back to life so that they can be together and earn one of the series’ few happy endings.

Freya & Keelin

Freya & Keelin’s wedding

By all standards, Freya and Keelin should not work as a couple! These two have the rockiest start in the series—Freya literally held Keelin hostage—but somehow, they move past their differences to develop a sweet and stable bond.

Their friendship-first relationship gives them one of the most solid foundations in the series, and they continually show trust and support in each other. Their long-term commitment despite time apart is absolutely heart-warming, and we get to see their well-earned happy ending when they marry and decide to start a family of their own. Hooray!

Tell Us Your Favorite Romance!

Who do you think is the most epic couple? Even if it’s not one of our picks, let us know your favorite couple in the comments below and why you love them so much!

How Olde Town Conyers Became Georgia’s French Quarter

How Olde Town Conyers Became Georgia’s French Quarter

Did you know that the Originals was not filmed in New Orleans? While the ornate balconies, mardi gras celebrations, and voodoo shops you see on screen are convincing, they were filmed far from the authentic French Quarter!

In reality, aside from a few scenes filmed on location for the pilot episode, the Originals was shot almost entirely in the small town of Conyers, Georgia! Today, we’re giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how Conyers became Georgia’s French Quarter™ and the Originals filming location!

Klaus and Elijah in front of the voodoo shop in Conyers

Olde Town Conyers & the Originals

Like many southern towns, Conyers has a charming Olde Town section that dates back to the 1800s. Along Center Street and Commercial Street, brick shops of all sizes and shapes line up side-by-side, each boasting a different exterior color and style.

Center Street in Old Towne Conyers on a normal day

On a typical day, visitors can enjoy an old-fashioned soda fountain, boutique shops and restaurants, and a historic train depot in a quiet, southern atmosphere. If you didn’t know that the Originals was filmed here, you’d never even suspect it!

However, Conyers was no stranger to the Vampire Diaries saga, making it a convenient and familiar place to continue the story. During the filming of the Vampire Diaries, the cast made several trips to Conyers. For example, the Olde Town train station, Celtic Tavern, and The Pointe were used in “We’ll Always Have Bourbon Street,” an episode based in New Orleans. It was only natural that the New Orleans-based series would continue in Conyers, especially with its close proximity to Atlanta and the multiple film studios in town.

Transforming Olde Town into the French Quarter

In early 2013, Old Towne began a series of significant transformations that turned its quiet Georgia streets into a bustling NOLA district.

An Old Towne shop dressed up for a Mardis Gras scene

One of the primary filming locations, Center Street, underwent a total cosmetic makeover that included fresh paint, ornate balconies, and new street signs, like Rue St. Anne and Rue Dauphine. Some of the shops, like the Jardin Gris Voodoo Shop, were fitted with false fronts to add more height or character to the existing design. The set crew even added authentic-looking archways to one of the town’s simple brick alleys, turning it into the iconic entrance to the Compound.

These changes stayed in place for all 5 years of filming! Some shops also chose to keep their Originals signs up the whole time, in addition to their real business displays. And once filming ended, a few of the shops down on Commercial Street, including the building that served as Rousseau’s, decided to keep their balconies, giving the street a permanent bit of New Orleans flair.

These businesses still have their French Quarter balconies

Throughout the show, other parts of the town became small pockets of New Orleans as needed. A parking lot served as the Witches Cauldron, while the town’s spacious alleys became cute bistros with lights and plenty of seating.

The crews would bring Mardis Gras beads, ferns, trees, furniture, or street lights to turn the Georgia landscape into a French Quarter locale. They even had special equipment that could control what time of day each scened appeared to take place in! These small changes would be set up and wholly torn down within a few hours of filming the necessary scene so that Conyers could get back to business as usual.

Equipment and floats for the finale

The final piece of the set was a green screen that allowed them to add a New Orleans backdrop to Center Street. This versatile element helped cement the idea that all the action really took place in the French Quarter.

Other Originals Filming Locations in Conyers

While much of the filming took place on Olde Town’s streets, a fair bit of filming happened inside the studio as well.

For example, the pilot episode features Lafayette Cemetery in New Orleans, but after the first episode, the cemetery was recreated on set with Styrofoam headstones! The Mikaelson compound, Rousseau’s, and most other interiors were set creations as well. Another surprising Conyers location is the bayou. The bayou was actually filmed at a pond on the studio grounds! They just added a cabin and a rickety pier to sell the scene.

Additionally, most of the inside scenes were shot on set, rather than in actual buildings. For example, The Sandwich Shop is shown frequently as the exterior to Rousseau’s, but the interior wasn’t actually used for filming. Only a few locations in town had filming done inside. The one that they used the most was the Celtic Tavern restaurant on Commercial Street, whose bar and restaurant were featured in several episodes.

The Celtic Tavern restaurant was featured in several episodes

Visiting the Originals Filming Locations

We’d love to show you around Olde Town Conyers! Our tour guides were on-site for all five seasons of filming, giving them unparalleled insights into each filming location in town. Contact us about setting up a tour, and come see exactly where your favorite scenes happened!

One of the last scenes shot in Olde Town

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