Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wilmington, for 'Sleepy' headless fans

"When Ichabod Crane goes missing, his wife, Katrina, appears to Lt. Abbie Mills in a vision warning her that the Headless Horseman will return to Sleepy Hollow by nightfall. ..."

Welcome to "Sleepy  Hollow" -- not the 1999 Johnny Depp movie, not the 1980 TV movie with Jeff Goldblum nor the Disney cartoon from the 1940s.

We're talking about the current  Fox TV show (cast photo shown above) that pushes Revolutionary War soldier Ichabod Crane -- and the dread Headless Horseman -- into our modern times.

And into the Carolinas: While the pilot was filmed in Charlotte, Gastonia and Salisbury, the horror-driven show is shot in the Wilmington area, and filming of the second season is underway.

The EUE Screen Gems studio is a closed set, but exteriors are filmed throughout the area.

And if you're a real fan, the Wilmington and Beaches CVB  has put together a show fact sheet that includes the ingredients for a self-guided tour where you can see locations you've already viewed on TV.

Among them:

The Bellamy Mansion Museum (503 Market St.), which holds the kitchen in the first season's "Sin Eater" episode. 

The Kenan Memorial Fountain, where Ichabod and Abbie encounter the lost boy in the “John Doe” episode.

 St. James Parish (25 S. Third  St.; exterior view only) where Ichabod sees Katrina in purgatory in the Season 1 finale.

 The dining room of the Graystone Inn (100 S. Third St.; inside access only for overnight guests) where the Headless Horseman beheads the four Masons and where exterior horse scenes took place in the "Midnight Ride" episode.

The CVB's sheet lists 15 scene sites in Wilmington's historic district and nine off-studio locations in the Wilmington area.

Not a show devotee? Use the fact sheet to pry your family's fans from the idiot box for a fun weekend in the Cape Fear area exploring parks, museums and other attractions.

Example? Purgatory in the first-season finale is in Brunswick Town, the intriguing state-owned Colonial history site in nearby Winnabow. 


Archiguy said...

The question unasked in this article is, will FOX keep the 'Sleepy Hollow' production in Wilmington now that the state has flushed the film incentive program?

All the other TV series that were filmed in NC, including 'Under the Dome' and the Charlotte area productions of 'Homeland', and 'Banshee', are fleeing for states which continue to offer those subsidies, taking thousands of jobs with them.