Swan House in Atlanta, Georgia

photo by: Jim Bowen/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Reel Places

Historic locations ready for their close-up

Historic places are packed with character, beauty, and drama, making them the perfect backdrops for movies, television shows, music videos, and more.

Take, for example, the Swan House (pictured above). This National Register-listed Classical mansion is not only part of Atlanta's post-Civil War history, but it was also used to depict villain President Snow's estate in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Or Oheka Castle in Long Island, New York, one of the GIlded Age mansions that inspired author F. Scott Fitzgerald when writing "The Great Gatsby" and later director Baz Luhrmann when filming the 2013 adaptation.

Now with our "Reel Places" stories, you get the chance to go on location (at least virtually) at these evocative settings and learn more about the buildings and landscapes that landed a starring role in some of our most indelible pop culture moments. So grab your popcorn, take a seat, and enjoy the show!

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