Last month, Sweetums and I took a trip to south Alabama for a speaking engagement and then to Georgia for a family event. In between, we ended up on some Georgia back roads, seeking out oddities to photograph for my upcoming guidebook to Southern roadside attractions.
We didn’t have tons of time but there were two must-see places on my list – towns where the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things” are filmed. The series, which begins its third season in July, is filmed in Atlanta studios and on location in numerous small Georgia towns. Two of the towns were in our path last month: Jackson and Stockbridge.
Jackson is a substitute for the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. In some scenes, the young characters in the show can be seen riding through the streets of Jackson.
A few local buildings can also be seen in the show, including:
1. Butts County Probate Court at 25 Third Street, which serves as the Hawkins Public Library.
2. Jackson Drug, 4 Second Street, which serves as Melvald’s General Store where Joyce (played by Winona Ryder) works;
3. An old furniture store at 2 North Oak Street, which serves as Hawk Theatre. (A marquee was added to the outside of the building for those scenes.)
We then headed to nearby Stockbridge to see the abandoned high school which served as Hawkins Middle and Hawkins High schools. The school at 109 South Lee Street in Stockbridge was abandoned because of mold issues in 2015. It was built as Stockbridge High School and then served as Patrick Henry High School, which was the alternative school for Henry County.
We were excited to see the sign used in the show was still on the outside of the school … perfect for selfies.
To visit dozens of other Georgia filming locales for “Stranger Things,” click here for a map and descriptions I wrote for SouthernThing.com.
Also, see the town of Juliette, Ga., where “Fried Green Tomatoes” was filmed. Story and photos here.