Filming Locations Guide: Where is Sweet Magnolias filmed? Serenity, South Carolina

Sweet Magnolias Locations
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Sweet Magnolias is set in the cute fictional town of Serenity in South Carolina. Following the steps of Netflix romantic drama set in California, Virgin River, the 10-episode season show is also based on a best-selling novel series, created by American writer Sherryl Woods.

The story revolves around the lifelong friendship of three women supporting each other through relationships, family and business, ready for whatever life throws at them. The starring trio is composed by JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Once Upon a Time) as Maddie Townsend, Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva) as Dana Sue Sullivan and Heather Headley (Chicago Med) as Helen Decatur.

Sweet Magnolias was primarily filmed in Covington, a small nice city in Georgia, that has already been featured in multiple movies and TV shows, including The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries and Doctor Sleep. Here is our spoiler-free filming locations guide of the series:

Welcome to Serenity, South Carolina

Serenity South Carolina
The iconic clock tower building featured in the series opening is Covington's Newton County Board of Commissioners. The interiors for the courthouse hall were also shot here. Several scenes with the characters talking and seating on the bench are filmed in the town square, ornamented with a 1906 Confederate Monument and a World War I obelisk.
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Where was Sweet Magnolias filmed?

Sullivans restaurant
Dana's restaurant, The Sullivan's, was hosted at The Alley at Mystic Grill gift shop, located just across the street from the Newton County old Courthouse. The interiors are filmed here, but the kitchen was shot in a studio in Atlanta. Watch out for Vampires! Mystic Falls is the fictional town where The CW series The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Legacies are set. In this same location was also shot the Mystic Grill diner, the favourite hang out for all the creatures of the series. The real Mystic Grill restaurant where you can have a meal is placed next door, in the terrace upstairs. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

City Graveyeard
At the beginning of the first episode Pour It Out, the kids are walking through the scenic Southview Cemetery in Covington, also a popular destination for the Mystic Falls vampire hunter tours. Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
A key location in the show is The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is the Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Decatur. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Sweet Magnolias house
The beautiful old house that Helen buys to turned it into The Corner Spa, for the women of Serenity, is a famous Newton County historic home: The Lee-Porter Mansion, is an early 20th century Greek-revival manor, that was also used for filming scenes of HBO's Bessie movie, starring Queen Latifah. The property, that doesn't really have a swimming pool, is also situated in a nice neighborhood in Covington, full of magnificent residences, at 2146 Conyers St SE. Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Secondary School Location
The Serenity High School is the Henry County Middle School in the Henry County city of McDonough.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Sweet Magnolias Drehort
The pizzeria from the second episode A United Front is the The Depot Sports Bar and Grill, set in an old railroad depot at 4122 Emory St NW in Covington. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Serenity SC House

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  1. I've lived in Covington my entire life... my husband roofed maddies house as well as the spa filming location (which your address is incorrect its 1144 college ave. A block from conyers street.) I have lived less than a qtr mile away from the square my whole life and know every one of these locations. Also the obelisk on the square is a war monument not just ww1 my uncles name is on it who died in ww2 in iwo jima. It's to ww1 ww2 and the Vietnam War. If you have any questions just ask I'll do my best to answer.


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