Visitors Vandalizing ‘Hunger Games’ Filming Location

Earlier this month, news anchor Russ Bowen tweeted about some property being vandalized at Henry River Mill Village, the location used for the Seam in The Hunger Games movie. The local newspaper, the Hickory Daily Record, has some more information from the property’s owner.

Wade Shepherd, owner of the 72-acre village, is just about fed up with the vandalism and the trash being left at the village.

The village stood in as District 12 in the movie, which was the home district of heroine Katniss Everdeen and other characters such as Peeta Mellark and his family’s bakery, Gale Hawthorne and Haymitch Abernathy. The old mill village had a general store and it was used in the movie as the Mellark bakery. The words “pastries” and “cakes” were painted on the wood on either side of the main door for the movie. The words were left when filming wrapped at the location.

Even before the movie was released, someone took a piece of the wood in the word “pastries.”

Now, someone has taken more, Shepherd said. The wood planks holding the “p” and part of the “a” is missing.

And it gets worse.

This week, Shepherd found a steel bar that he had put across a side door to secure the old store had been taken down. He figures someone tried to enter the old store.

Wade Shepherd says that it’s likely a small group of visitors causing the problems, with 99% of visitors behaving. And we agree, as we believe the majority of Hunger Games fans would be respectful enough to not destroy the property. So, we cannot stress enough: For anyone planning to visit Henry River Mill Village, please do not steal or break anything, or leave your garbage behind, otherwise the site may eventually be closed down to visitors.

The article also includes some more confirmation that Catching Fire will film in Georgia, with a small amount potentially filmed in NC:

Shepherd said he talked to two people who were contacts for “The Hunger Games.” They’re no longer connected to the movie franchise but they told Shepherd the majority of “Catching Fire” will be filmed in Georgia with some scenes being shot in NC.

The scenes that could be shot in NC could likely be at Henry River Mill Village. Shepherd said someone connected to the movie contacted him in April and said filming will start in the fall and will have a 2013 premiere.

However, Shepherd has said he’s received no commitment from Lionsgate, the movie company behind the films, that any filming of “Catching Fire” will be done at the village.

You can read the article in its entirety at the Hickory Daily Record.


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