Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Take a tour of "Vampire Diaries" locales around Covington, Georgia

Our beloved Covington area of Georgia is not only the birthplace of "The Dukes of Hazzard" -- it has seen a lot of filming of TV and movies over the years. More recently, this region south of Atlanta been the locale for "The Vampire Diaries."

Chad James of Georgia offers tours of "The Vampire Diaries" outdoor locations on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. Each tour lasts approximately two to three hours and is a combination of a “walking tour” and a “caravan tour.” The tour begins promptly at 1 p.m. at the Civil War monument located in the center of the historic Covington town square. Though the tour does not provide interior access to any of the homes featured on the show, it does visit the interior of a couple of businesses that have been used.

On the tour you might see sites like the one below in Olde Town Conyers, Georgia. In the Season 4 episode of The Vampire Diaries titled "We'll Always Have Bourbon Street," Olde Town Conyers doubled as New Orleans, Louisiana. The location where this particular photograph was taken is where Damon and Stefan Salvatore encountered Charlotte (a vampire who was turned by and had been sired to Damon since the 1940s).

With a portion of the tour being a “walking tour,” you're encouraged to dress comfortably. Also, don’t forget to bring a camera!

"The pilot episode of "The Vampire Diaries" was shot in British Columbia, Canada," organizer Chad James explains to BRBTV. "Still, knowing that future episodes of the show would be filmed in and around the Covington, Georgia, area, I really wanted to check the show out. After watching the pilot episode in 2009, I became an immediate fan. The opening scene was really what got me hooked. It was very much a scene one would expect to see in a horror film and was very reminiscent of a scene from the classic '80s vampire flick, 'The Lost Boys.'"

So what inspired this tour -- what really is the appeal of "The Vampire Diaries"?

"There are several things that I like about 'The Vampire Diaries,'" he says. "First, I think that the show is very well-written. And, as a result, I think that the show appeals to a larger demographic than it was initially intended to. Still, the writing would be nothing if the show didn't have such a stellar cast ensemble to bring the characters and the storylines to life. In my opinion, I don't think they could have cast three lead actors any better than Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Wesley."

He explains further: "On more than one occasion, I was on the square in Covington and had people come up to me asking if I knew where some of the homes/buildings featured on 'The Vampires Diaries' were located off of the square. Knowing that there were two tours offered in town, I asked the people if they were aware. A number of people knew about the other tours, but said that they either couldn't afford to pay or simply didn't want to pay the fee to take either of the other tours. So, when I heard this from more than one person, I decided to start up my own tour and offer it at a very reasonable price that hopefully every fan can afford. I really enjoy guiding the tours as I am a 'people person' and enjoy meeting and talking with people. With that said, I'm just as happy taking two people on a tour as I am taking 12. With me being a fan of 'The Vampire Diaries,' I simply want to give other fans of the show an exceptional tour at the most reasonable price I can."

The cost of our tour is $20 per person. Anyone interested in booking a tour must do so no later than 48 hours before the scheduled date of the tour.

"All in all, I believe that our tour is a value and gives fans of 'The Vampire Diaries' an opportunity to see a number of familiar locations that have been featured on the series," Chad says.

Keep up-to-date at the tour's Facebook page, and to book a tour, simply call (678) 936-5457 or email And check out

Photos courtesy of Chad James / The Vampire Tours
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