Thursday, April 4, 2013
Late last year, Middleton Place welcomed the crew from the locally-produced, nationally televised show Army Wives to the National Historic Landmark to film a scene critical to the drama of the show’s 7th season. Working closely in concert, Middleton Place and Army Wives personnel worked out a carefully conceived filming location: at the footbridge over the Mill Pond.
The utmost care and concern was given to the landscaping by the film crew, and no part of the property was damaged. This was no small feat. After prepping the site for power, parking, and catering the day before, about 125 cast and crew members arrived the morning of December 18 for the day’s shoot. Several tractor-trailers of electronics and equipment were parked on the Greensward, along with more than 100 automobiles. The crew built a plywood pad from the access path on the south side of the House Museum that ran around the Plantation Chapel/Spring House down the hill to the bridge. The padding was necessary to accommodate an 8,000-pound camera crane, which was eased into place for multiple shots.
Although Middleton Place staff agreed not to tip off viewers about the scene’s subject matter, it does involve most of the principal actors on the show in a very dramatic moment, and Middleton Place is featured prominently, and mentioned in the script by name. Middleton Place is already easily visible in the trailers for the upcoming episode.
Although the episode containing the scene filmed at Middleton Place aired March 17 on the Lifetime Channel, it can be caught in reruns throughout the season or can be viewed for free at the Army Wives website: www.mylifetime.com/shows/army-wives.