Filming for “Lizzie” Set for Friday December 9th in Sorrel Weed Mansion
It’s not often guests visiting Savannah’s Historic District will find Sorrel Weed closed to the public. Very Rare! However Friday December 9th we regret to say our daytime guided Historic House Tours, and our nightly Savannah Ghost Tours including our extra late night Paranormal Investigation will be closed. All tours and our regular schedule of events will resume Saturday December 10th with guided Historic House Tours resuming at 10:00 AM and our Ghost Tours Resuming at 7:00 PM. Our Paranormal Investigation Experience will also resume Saturday night with only a few tickets for this exclusive and limited event still available at the time of this feature being published.
As of this moment the house is bustling with film crew completing their set builds as filming gets underway Friday for a new feature film titled “Lizzie”. Pieter Van Hees will direct the psychological thriller from a screenplay by Bryce Kass.
Chloe Sevigny will play Lizzie Borden, who was acquitted in 1892 for murdering her father and stepmother with an ax in Fall River, Massachusetts. Sevigny was set to take on the same character in an HBO miniseries from Tom Hanks that never came together.
Kristen Stewart will assume the role of Bridget Sullivan, the Bordens’ live-in maid who testified at the trial as she was home when the murders were committed.
The film explores the true events that led up to the infamous double murder.
Currently Francis Sorrel’s Library, or Green Room as it is often referred too is set up as Lizzie Borden’s Attorney’s office with period artifacts recreating the 1880’s office and is utilizing several pieces of furniture normally on display to the public. In other rooms throughout the main florr of the mansion furnishings have been moved for storing while filming takes place. A large painting of General Robert E. Lee which is regularly displayed in the library room he had spent so much time in during his frequent stay’s within the mansion is now resting in the foyer of the museum home beside the staircase. Other furnishing displaced during filming have also been collecting in the foyer as well.
Scenes will also be filmed inside the infamous Sorrel Carriage House including Molly’s Room. The Sorrel Weed House Museum Gift Shop has been temporarily closed in the days leading up to filming. The Carriage Room itself is being staged to resemble a dress shop for one scene, though thankfully our 1907 Starr Baby Grand Piano in that room was not moved or harmed in any way. Molly’s Room has been set with an antique metal hospital style bed with a small desk and chair placed just in the corner of the notoriously active haunted space. Guests touring the house and building in the days leading up to filming will see these locations during tours offering a unique glimpse into not only a historic location, but an active film set as well.
Needless to say operating with guests throughout the days we remain open leading up to Fridays filming has been a challenge. Props, work spaces, and tools are scattered throughout area’s usually open to guest traffic has added challenges for guides and staff as we continue to provide a quality tour experience to our visitors.
Additionally, our Savannah Trolley stop located just outside of Sorrel Weed Mansion’s Bull Street Courtyard has been temporarily relocated to the west side of Madison Square between the Green-Meldrim House and Saint John’s Episcopal Church. And visitor parking along parts of Bull Street located beside the Desoto Hilton and Sorrel sides of the street and parts of Harris Street have been commandeered by production for the film. However, plenty of parking remains around the rest of Madison Square and it’s surrounding streets.
Sorrel Weed House Museum and Tours will resume Saturday December 10th, beginning at 10:00 AM with our first Guided Historic House Tour departing into the Museum at 10:15 AM and running throughout the day with the last Guided Tour departing at 3:30 PM. Our full Saturday Night roster of Paranormal Events and Activities will resume that same evening with our popular All-Ages Ghost Hunters House & Walking Tour departing into the Sorrel Weed Mansion at 7:00 PM followed by our Adults-Only Ghost Hunters House & Walking Tour heading inside at 9:30 PM. The increasingly popular Ghosts of Sorrel Weed Tour will also resume Saturday night December 10th at 10:00 PM with only a small number of tickets still remaining. Guests should book early either online at www.SorrelWeedHouse.com, or call to book by dialing (912) 257-2223.
As mentioned before, our extra late night Paranormal Investigation Experience set for December 10th, at 11:30 PM and featuring lead Investigator Gordon Sabol of Savannah Paranormal Investigations only has but a few tickets remaining and is sure to sell out as always.
Saturday Night also sees The Sorrel Weed House play host to an event not experienced inside the parlors in more than a century. Debuting his adaptation of a Charles Dickens classic, R. Chase Anderson will perform “The Ghosts of Christmas”, inside Sorrel Weed Mansion. This Vintage Performance will be acted out in the Sorrel parlors just as it would have been a long long time ago. Saturday’s performance will begin with a reception held on the museum homes main floor beginning at 7:30 PM with the performance beginning at 8:00 PM sharp. Book online now!