Hunger Games Filming Begins In Burke County, North Carolina
Part of Henry River Road, a main artery in town, is scheduled to be closed until Thursday. Otherwise, Caudle said everyone has been tight-lipped about what’s going on. So, as tends to happen in small towns, much of the information is being passed around in the form of gossip.
“Originally, I met with DOT ’cause they were gonna close the road, and they said that the code name for (the project) was ‘Artemis,’” Caudle said. “Later on, we heard other stuff. And there’s a lot of stuff going around. … Our part-time girl came in one day and she said that at church one of the firemen was telling everybody. He said the chief met with them and they wanted some help from the fire department, and he told them that they were filming a movie based on ‘The Hunger Games.’ So that’s how we heard that, in a roundabout way.”
Chuck Moseley of the Valdese Economic Development Investment Corp. said the mill village was built around 1900 and remained active until 1970. Since then, it’s been abandoned.
“It’s about 22 homes. … Many of them probably needed to be bulldozed down, but they had not been,” said Moseley, who was contacted by AdvantageWest, an economic development partnership in Fletcher, to help find a location. “That’s exactly what they were wanting, something that was an abandoned residence area.”