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On the Set of Mockingjay: Mill Ruins at Sweetwater Creek

If you don't know me personally, you may not know that I'm a massive Hunger Games nerd [yes, I'm pretty much grown up...]. So naturally, I saw the latest installment of the series last night! Aside from the first film, almost everything was filmed here in Georgia, and it's always fun for me to spot places I've been to while watching the movies. 

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About a third of the way into the movie, I immediately recognized a spot I had just been to last month. Sweetwater Creek state park has absolutely beautiful trails along the water. 

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When first starting a hike, you'll quickly see these gorgeous ruins as you come around the bend. It's not often you see ruins in Georgia, and even more so, along a breathtaking vista like this.

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It's no surprise to me they used this as part of the movie set, since the structure and light passing through the tumbled bricks is quite something.

Photo Credit: Dailymail.co.uk

Photo Credit: Dailymail.co.uk

In the movie, this area is meant to portray the ruins of District 13, which was bombed and destroyed during a civil war. I won't say too much more, since I wouldn't want to spoil things for anyone!

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Oddly enough, this structure really did suffer a similar fate. This building, once the New Manchester Manufacturing Company in the 1800s, was burned during the Civil War. I kind of love that the movie used locations that could conceivably fit into the plot of the film. Who needs CGI and set design when history does it all for you?

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Most buildings that were destroyed in the civil war era were demolished and new construction was built in its place, but because the mill is located in a state park, they've done a great job preserving this piece of Georgia's history. 

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Had I known it was in the movie when I was there, I clearly would have tried to reenact this scene of the film [not sure Liam Hemsworth is hanging around Atlanta these days, sigh]. 

Photo Credit: Splashnewsonline.com

Photo Credit: Splashnewsonline.com

Apparently the park holds a tour of the ruins, which I'd love to do once the weather warms up here in Atlanta [I've lost my northern blood entirely!]. To read more about Sweetwater Creek and the mill, check out the state park's site.

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