“Location, location, location” is a common phrase used in real estate. Apparently, it’s true for film producers too. About 60 miles south of Atlanta is the small town of Barnesville, GA. When a producer from HBO’s Big Little Lies decided to cruise around the area looking for pig farms he stumbled into this quaint town and knew it was unique. As a result, HBO’s Sharp Objects starring Amy Adams used its charming visuals as a setting to film this noir-styled mini-series. To anyone who watches the show, the chill you get at the opening of each episode is due in part to the contrast of those visuals and the story line. (You will also know why a pig farm was needed.)
According to HBO.com, this haunting series is “based on the book of the same name by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.”
Every town in the world probably began by someone with not much more than an ax, and the need for a place to live. That’s certainly true of Barnesville. This Southern town with picturesque store fronts and streets, started out as a simple clearing in the woods by an Indian named Jenks in 1825. By 1826, he sold it to a man from Virginia named Gideon Barnes. After clearing more timber, Barnes built an Inn and Tavern. Travelers soon made it a stopping point as they made their way on horses and carriages to their destinations. Barnes went on to set up a freight line between Columbus and Macon so people could shop at his businesses. He even started the towns first Post Office and what was once a little clearing in the woods, became “Barnesville.”
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