Monday, July 26, 2010
Even though they keep talking about being in Jackson, they've done a lot of filming around Natchez, both interiors and exteriors. I recognized the wallpaper in the dining room in the vampire king's house, and this, of course, is Longwood, the famous octagonal house begun before the Civil War but never finished. Longwood is supposedly the king's house, except the interiors they show are shot elsewhere.
Longwood was fun to tour. Because only the ground floor was finished, touring the rest of the house allows a person to see all the construction details -- timbering, brickwork, etc. -- that is normally hidden under plaster and paint. The exterior is unfinished, too. The original plans called for stucco over the brick to really emphasize the Oriental-style, but obviously that never happened.