Timeless Lowcountry Discovery

Charleston in Film

The Charleston area is so picturesque you may feel like you’re on the set of a hit movie or a Netflix blockbuster. Trust your feeling – many movies have been filmed in and around the Holy City. Here are a few that you might have seen – if not put them on your “to watch” list and see if you recognize the lowcountry backdrop.

The Netflix hit show Outer Banks is filmed in the Charleston area, and there are a few places you can visit that you’ll recognize from your latest binge watch. Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant is the site of most of the show’s boating scenes, and while you’re in Mt. Pleasant, visit the Old Village where the Kildare County Sheriff’s Office is actually a condominium building at 281 Venning Street. In real life, Sarah’s gorgeous home is Lowndes Grove, located on the Ashley River. More real life places from your favorite show are in and around our city, including the Gaillard Center, Kiawah Island, Morris Island Lighthouse and more!

Here are a few hit movies that were filmed in and around the Holy City. Have you seen them all?

In 2004, The Notebook was filmed in the Charleston area at locations that include Boone Hall Plantation, Cypress Gardens and upper King Street.

Middleton Place, the Cistern Yard at the College of Charleston and Cypress Gardens are sites where the 2000 hit, The Patriot was filmed.

The 2010 hit, Dear John, starring Nicolas Cage, was filmed all around Charleston including the Isle of Palms, Folly Beach and the College of Charleston.

While you’re queuing up your list of horror movies to watch this fall, be sure to include the 2018 edition of Halloween. It was filmed at Magnolia Cemetery and locations around North Charleston.

The 2003 Civil War movie, Cold Mountain, is set in North Carolina, but was actually filmed in the Charleston area.

If you’ve been coming to Charleston for more than a few years you remember the old bridges – there were two that spanned the Cooper River. These iconic pieces of history are seen in the 1995 movie, Die Hard: With a Vengeance.

This is only a partial list of the dozens of films set in the beautiful Charleston area. As you’re out enjoying Charleston, see how many places you recognize!