Famous Film & TV Locations

These FAQ sheets include self-guided tours for 3 popular shows filmed in Wilmington.

SLeepy HollowSLEEPY HOLLOW: Fox Television’s thrilling mystery-adventure drama.,Seasons 1 and 2 of the wildly popular weekly series were filmed primarily in the Wilmington, North Carolina region, as well as at locations in nearby coastal counties. You'll see familiar sites in Wilmington’s historic river district - period buildings, alleyways, the riverfrontand brick-lined streets -as well as cemeteries, churches and parks. Fans will recognize the show’s most iconic location - the Historic New Hanover County Courthouse - as the Sleepy Hollow Sheriff Department. Fans are welcomed to take as self-guided tour of businesses and attractions in Wilmington's Downtown Historic District and nearby areas that were used as locations. Learn More

One Tree HillONE TREE HILL: During its nine-season run, the weekly series was filmed in Wilmington's historic river district and the nearby island beaches of Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach. You'll see familiar sites along the Riverwalk (located at the foot of Market St.) overlooking the Cape Fear River where the annual Burning Boat Festival took place. Riverfront Park (Water St, across from the Alton Lennon Federal Courthouse) is recognizable as the backdrop for outdoor basketball games. Fans are welcome to take a self-guided tour of businesses and attractions in Wilmington's Historic River District that are used as locations, including:  Black Cat Shoppe (8 Market St.; formerly CD Alley) that was the CD store where Chris (Tyler) worked. Learn More

Dawsons CreekDAWSON’S CREEK: Sony Pictures Television’s popular drama was filmed in historic Wilmington and it's nearby island beaches (Wrightsville, Carolina, Kure) as well as Southport, NC. This show chronicles with wry humor the undeniably intense period of awakening known as the teenage years. A startlingly fresh and realistic portrayal of this passage from adolescence to young adulthood, Dawson's Creek wrapped its sixth and final season in 2003. On the show, the Wilmington region doubles as “Capeside,” a small fictitious coastal town in Massachusetts, as well as for other locales. Familiar sites are along the Cape Fear Riverwalk (located at the foot of Market Street) and Riverfront Park (Water Street, across from the Alton Lennon Federal Courthouse – where Andie and Pacey first kissed). Fans are welcome to take a self-guided tour of businesses and attractions in Wilmington’s Downtown Historic District that were frequently used as locations. Learn More

Airlie Gardens

Many movie and television producers come to Airlie Gardens for the beautiful scenery and ideal filming locations. Just taking a stroll through the garden, a guest can spot where some of their favorite movies/shows have been filmed. Ranging from the Pergola Garden, where "One Tree Hill" character Lydia’s funeral took place at the stables, where the new ABC Family movie, "A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song" was filmed. Don’t forget to take a look at the Airlie Gardens Film Guide Brochure to see exactly where all the magic took place! If you are a film fan, be sure to ask an Airlie Garden's ticket agent for a copy of their special film guide upon visiting, or print one out here before you come!  Learn More

Wilmington's Walk of Fame
Wilmington has its own version of Grauman's Chinese Theater: a Walk of Fame to recognize locals who have attained national acclaim. Wilmington's Walk of Fame is located behind the Cotton Exchange. From Charlie Daniels to Meadowlark Lemon, many famous people have grown up or spent significant time in the Port City. Since 1997, fourteen people have been honored with their own squares on the sidewalk at The Cotton Exchange. Notable celebrities along the walk include the late Frank Capra, Jr., film producer and former president of EUE/Screen Gems Studios and the late Don Payne, veteran writer for The Simpsons and feature films, including My Super Ex-Girlfriend.  
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