Forrest Gump is a critically acclaimed 1994 film starring Tom Hanks as Forrest. The movie was based on the 1986 novel by Winston Groom. The movie spans decades, starting in 1981 and going back to 1956. In the movie, Forest is sitting on a bus stop bench and details his life to strangers that join him on the bench. The film also stars Sally Field as Forrest's mother, and Robin Wright as Jenny, Forrest's childhood friend and love. Although the movie may be fictional, the houses are real. Check out the real Forrest Gump house below.
Forrest Gump takes place in the fictional town of Greenbow, Alabama. However Forrest's house is real, and located in Varnville, South Carolina. The exterior of the house was filmed outside of Bluff Plantation. Back in the mid 1700s, Daniel Heyward lived on the Bluff until his death. His son Nathaniel took over the property, and created a rice empire where he managed and owned 35,000 acres. At the time of Nathaniel's death in 1851 he was the wealthiest planter, and richest man in South Carolina. Near the banks of the Bluff is also where Harriet Tubman launched her raid on the Combahee River in 1863, and helped hundreds of slaves flee to freedom in the North.
In 1915, Anne Heyward sold The Bluff to the Comahee Corporation. Then in 1923 stockbroker A. Felix DuPont purchased the property. He kept ownership all the way up to 1946 when it transferred to Earl Fain Jr. Decades later in 1978 the Kulze family purchased Bluff Plantation and subsequently sold off more than 4,000 acres. This is the location of the famous "Run Forest Run'' scene, as well as the wedding scene. Much like the movie, the Kulze's renewed their wedding vows in the same spot.
Another pivotal scene in the movie is when young Forrest and Jenny climb up a tree to sit together and read. Both escaping the harshness of home and of the world, they find solace in each other. The real tree is still standing and located near Bluff Plantation.
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Another real location from the movie is Forrest's school. At the time the movie was shot it was Hampton Street Elementary School. However it has since been changed to Colleton Center, and is located in Waterboro, South Carolina.
I love this movie, and I love being able to see the real locations. As well as hearing the history behind them. If you enjoyed taking a look at this home, take a look at Edward Gorey’s house here.
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