The Netflix series House of Cards' was filming for its third season at and around the Angel Hill Cemetery in Havre de Grace in October. (Bryna Zumer/Aegis video)
Havre de Grace got a presidential visit of sorts late Thursday morning, when "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey arrived to shoot a scene in the one of the city's cemeteries.
Crews from the popular Netflix political drama series were filming Season 3 scenes in the faux hometown of Spacey's character, politician Frank Underwood.
The activity was centered on Angel Hill Cemetery, a hillside graveyard a short distance from Route 40. And, as was done two years ago for scenes in the show's first season, Havre de Grace was standing in for Gaffney, S.C., Underwood's hometown.
The two-time Oscar winning actor arrived at the cemetery shortly before noon. At one point, he was surrounded by a detail of bodyguards – Secret Service types.
Franklin Drolet, the cemetery keeper for six years, said "House of Cards" donated money to the cemetery and promised him a Kevin Spacey autograph.
"They wanted it to look like an old cemetery," he said.
"It's exciting," Drolet said of the filming. "It's just very exciting for Havre de Grace."
In addition to the typical trucks and equipment from Knight Takes King Productions, there was a large presence of Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies and vehicles.
Cristie Kahler, spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office, said the assistance was requested from the production company for both the Angel Hill shoot and one planned later in the day in Level Village, a few miles northeast of Havre de Grace.
Earlier in the morning, Patrick Sweeney, who was working security at Angel Hill, said most of the actors and actresses involved are secondary players. He said shooting would continue during the day but did not say if Spacey, who press reports said was at a shoot in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, would be in Havre de Grace at all.
"We just love the City of Havre de Grace," said Marvin Ruffin, a location manager for the show. "We hope to keep coming back. The city has been very helpful to us. We just love shooting here for Gaffney, South Carolina."
Scenes for the show were shot last month around the American Legion in Aberdeen, which was doubling at a union hall where Spacey's Underwood was to give a speech. The actor was not involved in that shoot, according to those who were working at the location.