UPDATED: TV Crews, Stars In Havre de Grace

Netflix program "House of Cards" is shooting in Havre de Grace this week.

UPDATED (8:30 a.m.)—Film crews were along Washington Street Wednesday morning to continue filming "House of Cards."

Traffic was diverted around the shoot with the assistance of the .

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Residents walked Union Avenue. They hung out on the front lawn at the .

Drivers twisted their necks trying to peek as they slowly rolled past the .

"What's going on there?" they'd ask.

"What are they doing?" they would say as they stared at the old City Hall.

"Is that Kevin Spacey?" they'd wonder.

Filming a TV show. Yes, really. And yes. That is Kevin Spacey.

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Crews from Netflix television program "House of Cards," were in action Tuesday in filming the program starring Spacey. It's set in Gaffney, SC—which portions of Havre de Grace have been retrofitted to represent.

Crews are shooting at four known locations in the Havre de Grace area—the former city hall building on Union Avenue, a farm on MD Route 155 near Level, two residences in Webster Village and a driving scene on Washington Street in downtown Havre de Grace.

Havre de Grace was selected from a group of approximately 10 towns and cities.

Marvin Ruffin, the assistant location manager for the production crew, credited Havre de Grace manager of marketing and tourism for helping make Havre de Grace an easy choice.

"I didn't have a set location, I was just looking for certain things. We found two," Ruffin said. "I was like, I'm going to find everything in this town, so we don't have to go to any other city. With Brigitte's help, and the help of our department, I just kept pushing Havre de Grace."

Bel Air was among the other towns considered for the South Carolina scenes.

Ruffin, who moved to Joppatowne after working on the Baltimore-based HBO series The Wire, said he'd never seen Havre de Grace. Now he's seen most of it.

Members of the film crew that attended planned to visit the . They also said , and are among their favorite spots to eat.

The city is no stranger to cameras—Havre de Grace has been featured in television and movies before.

TV series "Young Americans" was filmed in Havre de Grace in 2001. The film "From Within" was shot in Havre de Grace in 2009.

Tuck Everlasting also featured scenes filmed in Havre de Grace.

TELL US: Did you see crews around Havre de Grace Tuesday? Will you be watching the show? Leave a comment.

Carol June 06, 2012 at 01:06 AM
This is great for our town. I have one question who gets the credit Havre de Grace or Baltimore?
Liz Rowell June 06, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Hahaha my husband's favorite kind of sign. Lunch with an arrow
Barb Hadel June 06, 2012 at 10:37 AM
I love it. Another movie shot in Havre de grace with Kevin Spacey
jenmomigs June 06, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I know its the touristy thing to do, but fyi they yell at you if you are out in their shot or taking pics of the sign. Honestly, I think its great pr for the town, but a little more notice that they are taking over your street and you can't walk in and out of your house at certain times would have been appreciated. Especially if its a residential street that's already one way with limited parking. Even the local businesses were not given notice. Its netflix, not the Oscars.
Tina Uphoff June 06, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Very true. The only notice I've seen is in the patch. If they were going to be disrupting the citizens that much, there really should have been some notification by town officials.
jenmomigs June 06, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Sorry, before anyone takes my first post out of context. I am not silly enough to walk out while they are filming. However, if as I am trying to get my children to school on and the filming is being suspended to let our busses through (thankfully!!), i tried to get a pic no different than what the patch has up of the sign. They tell you they will lose money if you take them. I don't think so. Not getting faces, no tabloid shots. But then as you are trying to do things like take your garbage out, take the dog out, little normal Weds chores before you leave for work, you get told you are in the frame or in the shoot and you have to wait. Again, I think it's great PR for the town and they have a job to do, but more notice and getting more info than what gets put in the patch would be greatly appreaciated and probably help the citizens maintain their usual politeness to our visitors.
Jennylyn Gross June 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I wish I knew they were going to let the buses through cause I drove my son this morning.
Jennylyn Gross June 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I agree!
James P. Miller June 06, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Monday night it was stated that everyone in the area was notified.
Rebecca Fitzgerald June 06, 2012 at 04:33 PM
This morning they turned St. John St. traffic up Green to Union. I was trying to get to the Lantern Queen. There was no reason to block off St. John's beyond Green. The tour bus full of passengers we were bringing into town had to go all the way up past Bourbon and then back - totally confused them. One of our employees wasn't allowed to leave her apartment building - made her late for work because they kept saying, "one more scene, one more scene." Is there revenue coming into the city from this shoot?
Jack Hirschfeld June 06, 2012 at 04:37 PM
The Patch says From Within was shot here in 2009, but the link on the Patch page takes you to a Web article that says it was shot in 2007. I tend to think 2007 is right, because we moved here in January 2008, and if there were a film shooting in Havre de Grace we'd probably have been aware of it.
James P. Miller June 06, 2012 at 09:29 PM
There were a couple other low budget films shot here. One back in the late 70's or early 80's was called Two for the Money. It was about a couple that robbed a race track and jumped off the train. Both the police and mob were chasing them. The film never made it past a showing at the Senator Theater in Baltimore. The Susquehanna Hose Company assisted with the filming providing wet streets and aerial shots from the old snorkel truck. There was also a horror film shot in the old city hall. It had something to do with aliens from another planet.
George Helm June 07, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Probably no revenue but I'm sure someone will want to tax them!


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