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Jan 23, 2015
AMC’s Revolutionary War-era drama “TURN: Washington’s Spies” returns to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area Monday, Nov. 9 to film the first episode of Season 3. The cast and crew will have a “base camp” at Great Hopes Plantation. A large catering tent and portable rest rooms for the crew will also be set up on the “Cotton Field” lot at the corner of Bucktrout Lane and Francis Street. Large pieces of equipment will be on Duke of Gloucester Street for overhead shots.

Preparations for filming begin Sunday, Nov. 8. Trucks and trailers will be parked on Franklin Street from Botetourt to the Fife and Drum Building beginning at 3 p.m. Employees can park in the Franklin Street employee lot, but employees who park on Franklin Street or Botetourt Street Sunday afternoon or Monday are at risk of having their cars towed. Trucks will also park on the north side of the Palace employee parking lot; however a portion of that lot remains available for employee parking.

On Monday, the crew will film scenes on the east end of Duke of Gloucester Street, on Botetourt from the William Pitt Store to Nicholson, in front the Courthouse and in a portion of the Palace Garden at various times from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Staff should access the taverns, the historic trade shops and Tarpley’s from the back entrances and direct guests to do the same. The Raleigh Tavern and the Raleigh Tavern Bakery can be accessed through the back. The Apothecary Shop can be entered through the side door. The Wm. Pitt Shop remains open.  

The Millinery Shop, R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse, the Charlton stage, the Courthouse and Shields Tavern will remain closed all day. The Market House will open at 3 p.m. Carriage rides will not be offered Monday.

School groups will be rerouted through the Revolutionary City as necessary.

Flags that indicate a shop is open will be moved to the back of the site. The flag on the Capitol cupola will be removed, but the Capitol will remain open, with guest access from the south.

Staff members will be situated around the perimeter of the shooting site to direct guests around areas where filming is taking place. Guests are welcome to watch the shooting, but access will be limited so as not to have contemporary people in the shots.

Guests are usually very interested in the excitement of “Hollywood productions,” but if you encounter guests who are not happy that their experience is being impacted, please direct them to the Visitor Center supervisor staff, who will work with them to resolve their complaint.
Rain date is Tuesday, Nov. 10.
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