Living in The Hunger Games District 12

Living in The Hunger Games District 12

The historic mill village that served as “The Hunger Games” shooting location has been put up for sale

Mr Wade Sheperd, the 83-year-old owner of the small textile village in Burke County, would have never thought in his wildest dreams that his property could ever become a movie location. He owns the property since 1975.  The entire area of Henry River Mill Village, located 70 miles outside of AshevilleNorth Carolina – the shooting location for the fictional District 12 has been put up for sale. Amount to be ponied up: 1.4 million dollars.


The purchase of the village – that has been included in the North Carolina Study List of the National Register of Historic Places and can be developed for commercial or private uses – is still considered to be a good investment. Buyers can benefit from 40% commercial tax credits or 30% private tax credits, if they use preservation covenants and follow the standards established by the Secretary of Interiors for Restoration.

The building of the village as a planned community started in 1900 and operations stopped in the mid-1960s. The 72-acre village hosts 20 buildings. It represents an important vestige of the change of American agrarian society into an industrial society.


When The Hunger Games movie – the science fiction action drama movie directed by Gary Ross and based on the novel of the same name written by Suzanne Collins – was made, the attraction for seeing the district was phenomenal. Visitors from everywhere, including families, came from almost every state in the Union – such as New Jersey and California – to see this fascinating unaltered example of an early industrial environment in Burke County.

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