Wheels are moving throughout White Pines State Park as HBO production crews prepare to start filming a new horror series.
“Lovecraft Country” is based of a book and tells the story of a young veteran searching for his father on a road trip across 1950’s Jim Crow America. White Pines State Park concessionaire Beth George says she received a call from HBO as they searched for the ‘right’ forest.
“The book is written and based out of Chicago,” said George. “We luckily are the southern most stand of White Pines. That’s how they found our little space.”
Becky Craven has been visiting the Mount Morris park for years. She says the ‘little space’ is the perfect location.
“If you want the background of forestry type of thing — this place is great,” said Craven. “Instead of hearing about other states that are worthy, like California usually has most productions.”
George says filming will take place in three different parts of the park in the evenings. She adds while she’s not used to all the Hollywood business, she’s excited about the benefits local businesses will see throughout this week’s filming.
“Over a hundred people have to come in to help make this happen,” said George. “I know all the hotels in the area are filling up. The boom to the economy is what’s thrilling me the most.”
Parts of the park, like the cabins and trails, will be closed during filming. The restaurant on site will remain open only until 3 p.m. On Saturday, all of the park will be open again.