The village used in the flick had been a ghost town for 25 years before the film crew moved in to start shooti …
Hunger Games fans, take note: you can own the run-down village that served as the Everdeens' hometown in the movie... so long as you're willing to plunk down $1.4 million for it. The 72-acre North Carolina property called Henry River Mill Village was practically a ghost town prior to the flick. Now, the village is enjoying tremendous popularity that's only bound to grow once the sequels come out.
83-year-old owner, Wade Shepherd, lives across the empty village, and originally purchased it to "protect his interests" after the last resident moved out in 1987. While Shepherd never mentioned the exact reason why he's putting the town up for sale, there's probably no better time than now: "I'm getting too many visitors. Day and night, they're driving through, taking pictures, getting out and walking. I'm just bombarded with people," he told the Associated Press. Your $1.4 million will get you several District 12 locations you've seen in the movie, including the Everdeens' house and the Mellarks' bakery.
Hunger Games is the first installment in a trilogy of dystopian novels — and first in what's rumored to be a series of four films — where 24 chosen teenagers from 12 districts have to fight to the death in an arena. The young heroine, Katniss Everdeen (played by actress Jennifer Lawrence in the movie), lived with her family in the slums of District 12.
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