When The Notebook came out 14 years ago, all eyes looked towards Charleston. The movie took place in Seabrook, South Carolina, but most of the filming took place right here in Charleston.
The romance drama, starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, was set in the 1940s when the two fall in love and their parents don't approve. Noah Calhoun (Gosling) was a mill-worker and didn't have much. Allie Hamilton (McAdams) was an upper class rich girl that was living in a beautiful summer home.
After falling in love, Allie's parents took her back home and Noah went off to serve in WWII. When Noah returned from the war, he found that Allie was engaged to another man. However, their love never died leaving their relationship open to blossom again.
During their love story we see many iconic landmarks in and around Charleston.
Boone Hall Plantation
Allie's summer home was filmed at Boone Hall Plantation. A number of scenes were filmed on the property including a scene where the Hamilton family has dinner on the back lawn of Boone Hall. You can also see the couple biking down the Avenue of Oaks.
Boone Hall Plantation is still a working plantation, which has continued to grow crops for 320 years.
The romantic lake scene was filmed at the Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner. If you go take a tour you can see this exact location where the movie was filmed.
This scene almost got cut from the film because the movie studio figured there was no way to keep the birds in the lake. Fortunately, the director bought a bunch of the swans as babies and raised them next to the water so they would be comfortable when filming.
College of Charleston
The College of Charleston campus at 66 George Street doubled as New York's Sarah Lawrence College, where Allie was attending school.
When Noah returned from serving in WWII, he looks through the window of a restaurant to see Allie eating with her new fiance. This was filmed at High Cotton in downtown Charleston.
King Street & The American Theater
During their first date, Noah and Allie take a stroll down King Street in front of the historic American Theater. They laid in the street watching a traffic light hoping no cars would come before getting up and dancing.
Matins Point Plantation
The old dilapidated house that Noah fixes up in the film is a private residence at Martins Point Plantation on Wadmalaw Island. During production, this house wasn't actually in disrepair like the movie portrayed. They used visual effects to make the house look old during the first half of the movie.
The Old Village in Mount Pleasant was used for various outdoor scenes that doubled as the town of Seabrook Island where the Notebook takes place.