Discover the famous spots in Charleston that were featured in blockbuster hits like The Notebook.


Due to the city’s history, charm, and beauty, Charleston makes the ideal background for a movie and TV filming location. Here’s where you can find the settings of some of your favorite movies that were filmed right here in the lowcountry.

The Notebook

Filmed: Late 2002 and early 2003

The Notebook, was converted into an American romantic drama film from Nicholas Sparks’ famous novel. Starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. It’s now one of the most famous love stories. Charleston landmarks filmed throughout the film include:

College of Charleston
Backdrop for Allie’s college

Boone Hall Plantation
Hamilton’s summer home

Bears Bluff Plantation
The house Noah would rebuild

Cypress Gardens
Lake scene with swans

King Street
Where Noah & Allie watched traffic light and went to see a movie

William Aiken House
Wedding dress fitting scene

High Cotton
Restaurant where Noah finds Allie dining with her fiancé

The Patriot

Filmed: September of 1999 to January of 2000

Starring Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger, this movie is a story about the Revolutionary War and is full of action and emotion. Mel Gibson plays Benjamin Martin, who is actually based on Francis Marion. The movie was filmed all throughout South Carolina, but there were several scenes that were filmed in Charleston.

College of Downtown
Charleston Campus

The interior of Randolph Hall was used for some of the assembly meetings.

Cypress Gardens
Serves at the militia’s hidden meeting spot

Middleton Place Plantation
One of the movie’s ball scenes was filmed inside this beautiful home

Dear John

Filmed: 2008

An American romantic war drama starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum. It follows the life of a soldier after he falls in love with a young woman. They decide to exchange letters to each other after he is deployed to the war. Some scenes locations where the movie was filmed:

College of Charleston’s
Randolph Hall

Where Savannah read letters

Charleston Air Force Base
The Citadel’s infirmary was used as the German Hospital

Folly Beach
Where John and Savannah first meet

Fort Moultrie
The military installation on the Congo coast.

Sullivan’s Island
Beach house where Savannah stayed

Isle of Palms Fishing Pier
Where John rescues Savannah’s purse