Starting with the release of young adult best-selling novel written by Suzanne Collins in 2008, The Hunger Games, now a science-fiction action drama film released last month, has earned a huge fan following. These fans are showing-up in North Carolina, the film-set location, and are seeking out and picturing the settings where this science-fiction was shot, from the prominently featured, Henry River mill Village to the mountains where various fake trees were planted. And, those Hunger Games fans who have been searching for a perfect piece of memorabilia, can take note. The Henry River mill Village near Hildebran, about 70 miles away from Nashville, N.C., that served as the home of protagonist Katniss Everdeens’ in the movie, now has been put up for sale for $1.4 million.
Henry River mill Village, better known as the 72-acre factory town of Henry River Manufacturing Co., which manufactured fine cotton yarns, was used as the location setting for the film’s District 12 Village. Reportedly, in 1977, the mill itself got burned down and once a happening village stood empty for years. However, the complex still boasts more than 20 odd buildings, including a company that was prominently used as the Mellark family bakery.
Wade Shepherd, 83 years old owner of this 72-acre property thinks that it wouldn’t be financially worth to open this property as a tourist attraction; no matter, he was getting too many visitors and was constantly bombarded with people. Not being a ‘Hunger Games’ fan, he listed this whole property, including the Katniss Everdeens’ house and Mellarks’ bakery, for $1.4 million. Reportedly, Shephard who lives across the river from Henry River Mill Village actually bought the village to protect his interests.
Further, the North Carolina's Division of Tourism has also initiated a four-day tour that takes the Hunger Games fans and visitors to witness several different North Carolina locations where the film was shot.