Havre de Grace, Maryland? Try Gaffney, South Carolina. Signs that Havre de Grace had been temporarily transformed into the Southern town filled Washington and St. John streets early Wednesday morning – literally.
A large sign at the crossroads of Washington and Congress Avenue welcomed visitors, or at least the"House of Cards"film crew, to Gaffney, population 13,126. At least one sign, at St. John and Green streets, directed traffic to the South Carolina Route 120.
Gaffney is a real place, by the way, but filming in and around Harford County made sense because the production crew is based in Joppa, location manager Patrick Burn explained.
Kevin Spacey, the star of the planned Netflix show, was nowhere to be seen. (In the series, Spacey will play a South Carolina senator whose hometown is Gaffney.)
The only action set Wednesday morning, for which crew members blocked off most of Washington Street, was a camera car that drove down the length of the street to get a "plate shot," or background shot, for the show.
Shooting was also set to take place Wednesday evening on U Way, near North Earlton and Webster roads just west of I-95, but Burn said fans likewise shouldn't expect to see Spacey or any other stars there.
"Actors are expensive. They try to use doubles whenever they can," he noted.
Residents who were out and about downtown seemed generally happy with how the filming went. Crew members offered doughnuts to some passersby and some tried to chat with neighbors.
Donna Zellman, an employee at Zellman Funeral Home, was headed to work as the shoot was wrapping up.
She thought the filming was a positive thing, as long as it did not inconvenience people too much.