10 Stranger Things locations to discover near Atlanta

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A true phenomenon full of references to the eighties generation, Stranger Things has established itself in just two seasons as one of the must-have series of the moment. An overview of ten must-see locations in imaginary Rowan County, home of Hawkins.

Stranger Things, from Hawkins to Atlanta…

If the story of Dustin and friends is set in 1983 in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, it does not exist in reality. But it is possible to go to the locations filmed in the Duffer brothers’ series. To discover them in reality, you will need to travel to another state, Georgia, near Atlanta. The Atlanta area was the perfect place to represent Hawkins because of its similar topography and the many set treasures we discovered at real estate sales,” said chief designer Chris Trujillo in Deep South Magazine. We had people hallucinating. We found these incredible homes, which seemed to be frozen in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and we bought everything, including what was in the drawers. ” And another advantage is that the taxes for shooting in Georgia are among the most competitive in the United States.

Hawkins Police Station

Jim Hopper (David Harbour) officiates from the only police station in Hawkins. This is where his story begins, just before he meets Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), the little girl whose powers will forever change his life and that of his friends. Rarely, while most of the time, in cinema or television, only the facades of real buildings are used for the shootings, the interior sets being built in studios, the interior and exterior scenes were indeed filmed in the old town hall of Douglasville, in the state of Georgia. Extremely rich in various references to pop culture and especially to movies from the 1970s and 1980s, Stranger Things is full of easter eggs. The police station and its residents are no exception. For example, the uniforms and patches are a direct reference to the Amity Island police force in Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece Jaws.

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Hawkins College

This is the only middle school in the city of Hawkins! The one in which Mike Wheeler, Will Byers, Dustin Henderson, Lucas Sinclair and Max Mayfield go to school. A school that the Duffer brothers found in the city of Stockbridge, Georgia. Patrick Henry High School opened in 1964. It has 1,800 students and is quickly becoming known for the performance of its soccer and wrestling teams. Terry Turner, the creator of That’s 70’s Show and the writer of Wayne’s World, was trained Wayne’s World .

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Hawkins Library (exterior)

Police Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) goes to the Hawkins Library to research the town’s laboratory where strange events are taking place. A building whose reflection in the Upside-Down houses the lair of the Demogorgon, the creature at the center of the plot of the first season of Stranger Things. This beautiful building with its typical Georgia architectural style houses the Jackson City Courthouse. The Demogorgon, the big bad of the first season of Stranger Things, is directly from the game Dungeons & Dragons, which the heroes play at the beginning of the plot. A creature recognized by experts as the most powerful antagonist of the first edition of the mythical role-playing game.

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Hawkins Laboratory

It is in this disturbing laboratory that Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) is in charge of the Mkultra project. The scientist conducts strange experiments on children like Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) to unlock the secrets of the human brain. The scouting teams set their sights on the Briarcliff Campus buildings on the Emroy University site in Atlanta. If the facade is largely exploited on the screen, only a few rare sequences are packed inside. The majority of the sets are built in the studio, always in Atlanta, where the heart of the production is located. The Briarcliff Building was first home to a psychiatric hospital called the Georgia Mental Health Institute. It could accommodate up to 141 patients and was in operation from 1965 to 1997 before being purchased by Emory University

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Hawkins Town Hall

Hawkins City Hall, where Mayor Larry Kline (Cary Elwes) works, is actually located in East Point as are many of the other Stranger Things locations. The production of the series has left its mark on the Atlanta area by exploiting many key locations that are now clearly identifiable. Built in an architectural style typical of this region of the United States, this red brick town hall is topped by a bell tower. With its square and fountain, it embodies the soul of East Point. It is located in the center of the town, in a busy shopping area. Its green square is very pleasant.

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House of the Byers

A house lost in the countryside in which a mother despairs of finding her missing son. Suddenly, the lamps light up in a strange way, suggesting that someone, or something, is trying to make contact. It’s impossible to forget the scenes in Stranger Things set in the Byers’ house. A modest wooden house surrounded by forest, 149 Coastline Road in Fayetteville embodies the essence of the cult series Stranger Things. The house is reached by a road that is more like a dirt road. With a large garden and a porch, it is in keeping with the architectural style of the region. Located a few miles south of Atlanta, it is also on the edge of downtown Fayetteville, a city developed in 1822 around cotton plantations.

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Starcourt Shopping Center

The Starcourt Mall is a must-see for all Hawkins residents and a true teen hangout. It is home to Scoops Ahoy, the ice cream shop where Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) and Robin Buckley (Maya Hawke) work. Unfortunately, the Starcourt met with an unfortunate fate. Largely vacant, this mall hosted the filming of Season 3 of the Netflix series Stranger Things. Opened in 1984, Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth was shaped much like downtown Cobb. It has long attracted many customers from the surrounding area. Successively impacted by the opening of larger malls, such as the Mall of Georgia and Sugarloaf Mills, it was sold in April 2001 despite the presence of stores owned by Macy’s, Mega Mart and Beauty Master. It should be the subject of a rehabilitation policy in the years to come.

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Hawkins Pool

Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery), Max’s (Sadie Sink) older brother works as a lifeguard at the Hawkins pool during the summer vacations before being possessed by the Mind Flayer. A pool in which it is quite possible to swim laps, located in downtown Atlanta. Located at the crossroads of Polar Rock, Swallow Circle-Baywood, Lakewood, Lakewood Heights and Betmar La Villa, South Bend Park offers a lovely pool during the summer season with a large lap pool.

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Hopper’s cabin

Sheriff Jim Hopper’s (David Harbour) cabin is one of the most important locations in Stranger Things. This is where the lawman hides Eleven while he strategizes about its future. A cabin actually located at Sleepy Hollow Farm in Powder Springs, Georgia. The Sleepy Hollow Farm escape game is located in the wooden cabin used in the filming of the Stranger Things series. This is where the character of Jim Hopper, the sheriff played by David Harbour, lives. The farm also offers to feed the animals, to taste local products such as jams and honey and to enjoy a generous nature.

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Brimborn steel mill

Trapped in the real world after being ejected from the body of Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), the Mind Flayer remains in the Brimhorn steel mill. This is where he makes his nightmare creatures by infecting rats and where he possesses Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery). Located in East Point, right next to the John D. Milner Athletic Complex, this brownfield is not far from downtown. Overgrown with brush, it is featured in the credits of the series Stranger Things but is not open to the public. No activity has been carried out there for many years and the site, awaiting reconversion, is abandoned.

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By Nicolas Albert

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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