Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Revolutionary spy series ‘TURN’ to film in Williamsburg Monday

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AMC’s Revolutionary-era show, “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” will be back in the historic city for a day of filming Monday. (Courtesy AMC)

Another day, another Revolutionary-era costume drama.

Colonial Williamsburg will get a star turn in a spy series Monday, so don’t be surprised if you bump into a production crew.

AMC’s Revolutionary-era show, “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” will be back in the historic city for a day of filming Monday, March 6, according to a release from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Residents will see some disruptions to local parking and traffic.

The tavern parking lot on Francis Street, near Blair Street, will be closed for 24 hours, from 9 p.m. Sunday to 9 p.m. Monday. Traffic on Francis Street will be stopped at times in that area. Waller Street will close between Francis and Lafayette Streets for most of Monday. Bike and pedestrian traffic may also be affected on the eastern side of the historic area and near the Governor’s Palace.

“TURN,” which is in production for its fourth season, has filmed on location in Williamsburg four previous times, for seasons two and three. Filming has taken place on campus at William and Mary and on location at sites across Virginia, including Richmond, Petersburg, Tuckahoe and at the Shirley and Scotchtown plantations.

According to an email from Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Public Relations Manager Joseph Straw, scenes and establishing shots have been filmed inside the Governor’s Palace, at Wren Hall, on Market Square, outside the Magazine, the Wythe House, the Governor’s Palace and the Capitol, on Palace Green, Botetourt and Duke of Gloucester streets, and in the formal gardens of the Governor’s Palace.

Based on a book by historian Alexander Rose, “Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring,” “TURN” centers on Abraham Woodhall, a farmer on British-occupied Long Island who turns to espionage with a band of childhood friends, known as the Culper Ring.

“Together they risk their lives and honor and turn against family and king for a fight they believe in passionately, ultimately helping George Washington turn the tide of the war,” the release said.

The series features Jamie Bell as Woodhull, Seth Numrich as Ben Tallmadge, Daniel Henshall as Caleb Brewster, Heather Lind as Anna Strong, Kevin R. McNally as Judge Richard Woodhull, Meegan Warner as Mary Woodhull, Burn Gorman as Major Hewlett, Angus Macfadyen as Robert Rogers, Samuel Roulkin as Capt. John Simcoe, Ian Kahn as George Washington, Ksenia Solo as Peggy Shippen, Owain Yeoman as Benedict Arnold and Nick Westrate as Robert Townsend.

For more about “TURN,” including full episodes from seasons two and three, go here.

Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.

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