Buildings featured in the movie by Lions Gate Entertainment include the Everdeen family’s shack and the former company store (shown at left), which is currently used for storage, but which in the film played the role of the Mellark family bakery in Katniss’ flashback sequences (inset).
Whether Shepherd likes it or not, “The Hunger Games” is the first hit of a franchise with a reported three additional sequels in the works, so this private property has become a tourist attraction for the duration, as have other parts of the state featured in the film. The North Carolina tourism site VisitNC.com offers a four-day "Hunger Games" itinerary which includes Henry River Mill Village. (Event organizer Leigh Trapp, who produced Harry Potter Adventures fan tours, and Tammy Hopkins, local film liaison, are offering unofficial Hunger Games Fan Tours. Their Adventure Weekend, at $389 per person, includes survival skill training in DuPont State Recreational Forest.)
In addition to the expected tourism dollars that the movie is expected to bring North Carolina, the movie’s production brought in excess of $60 million into the state economy, making it the highest-profile motion picture made in the state.