Friday, December 8, 2023

TURN to Film at Market Square, Governor’s Palace on Monday

Filming Monday will take place on the stretch of DoG Street from North Botetourt to the Capitol.
Filming Monday will take place on the stretch of DoG Street from North Botetourt to the Capitol.

The hit AMC Revolutionary War drama TURN: Washington’s Spies will be coming to Colonial Williamsburg on Monday to film scenes for its upcoming third season.

The show is based on historian Alexander Rose’s book “Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring,” and has attracted more than 2 million viewers per episode throughout its 20-episode run.

Jamie Bell, known most recently from his role as the Thing in the 2015 reboot of The Fantastic Four, stars as Abraham Woodhull, a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island during the Revolutionary War.

Woodhull and a group of friends band together to form the Culpeper spy ring, pitting them against family and King in a fight to win the war for the revolutionaries.

Actor Owain Yeoman, who plays Benedict Arnold and is well-known for his series regular role on The Mentalist, took to Twitter to announce he would be in Colonial Williamsburg to film scenes.

Guests to the historic area Monday can expect the filming to affect on-site access and programming on Duke of Gloucester Street from North Botetourt Street to the Capitol, and visitors wishing to access sites in that area are encouraged to approach from Francis and Nicholson streets.

Production is expected to move to Market Square in the early- to mid-afternoon, and then later in the day to the Governor’s Palace.

Colonial Williamsburg employees, City of Williamsburg employees and production personnel guiding vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be available on site Monday to answer questions about site and program access and navigating around the filming.

Williamsburg has been the site of three previous shoots for the spy drama. The show first came to town just over a year ago, at which time scenes were shot at William & Mary’s Sir Christopher Wren Building and at Colonial Williamsburg’s Governor’s Palace.

Several weeks after that, camera crews returned to the area to film at Market Square, the Magazine, the Palace Green and the Governor’s Palace.

The televisions show’s most recent visit to the area was in January of this year, when TURN once again filmed at the Governor’s Palace and the Palace Green.

“We’re thrilled to welcome back ‘TURN: Washington’s Spies,’” said Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss. “The show masterfully spins a story like those we tell here every day: one of complex, conflicted people who risked everything to grow from subjects into citizens.”

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