Remember Something to Talk About, the Julia Roberts-Dennis Quaid movie from the mid-90s? Most of it was pretty forgettable for me, but I loved the setting. It was filmed at Davant Plantation in South Carolina, and here’s how it looks today…
According to the property’s website, “Davant Plantation, circa 1770, is situated in the heart of South Carolina’s plantation country. Consisting of 2040 acres of cultivated fields, lakes, longleaf pine forests and hardwood bottoms, it has been managed for the last 73 years as a total southern hunting experience for guests, friends and family members.”
The 5,000 square-foot main house was built in 1820. In the movie, this is where Robert Duvall and Gena Rowlands (Wyly and Georgia King) live.
We got a glimpse of the foyer in the movie when Georgia waits for her husband to come home (so she can chew him out):
On the website we get to see the grand double staircase:
And a formal living room:
One scene takes place in the dining room, when the family (including sisters played by Julia Roberts and Kyra Sedgwick) have a tense meal together:
A former owner painted the murals on the walls in the 1940s and they’re still there today:
Screenwriter Callie Khouri intended for the movie to take place in Tennessee. But because Julia Roberts wasn’t available until the fall, the filmmakers started looking further south for a location.
According to info at IMDb.com, “The filmmakers began their search in SC, making the first stop at Davant Plantation. Within an hour of touring the plantation, director Lasse Hallström made the decision to shoot his film there.”
The sisters spend a night in their childhood bedroom:
The original Greek Revival home on the property was burned to the ground by Sherman’s troops in 1865. Richard James Davant dismantled another house he owned on a nearby plantation and moved it here.
What really stuck with me from the movie were the old cabins that the website calls guest cottages. Kyra Sedgwick’s character Emma Rae lived in one of them, and that’s where Julia Roberts’ Grace crashes when she finds out her husband has cheated on her.
Here’s how Emma Rae’s cottage looked in the movie:
The 2,000-acre property is currently a hunting preserve.
It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 20 years since this movie came out.
The interior of one of the cottages today:
That bedroom today:
Sherman burned the main house, but two of the cabins were left intact. At the time, one was used as the kitchen and the other for laundry. The website refers to this one as “the old kitchen house:”
There’s a 10-stall horse barn where a lot of the action in the movie takes place, since Julia Roberts’ character manages it:
For more photos and information about the property, visit the Davant Plantation website. It’s on the market for $ 11.45 million. (Thanks to Angela for telling me about it!)
Another plantation is on the market nearby in Beaufort, SC, where the movie The Big Chill was filmed. You can see photos of it here.
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