We’re just three episodes into season three of TURN: Washington’s Spies on AMC, and it’s probably the most intense one yet. Once again, Colonial Williamsburg plays a bit role in the series, serving as Philadelphia. How many locations have you spotted so far?
It’s no secret I’m a giant TURN fan, and getting to spot my beloved Colonial Williamsburg in one of my favorite shows makes me so happy. And knowing that I’ve been there as they filmed the scenes makes it even sweeter when I get to see it on the big screen!
Back in November, Duke of Gloucester Street was abuzz with production crews, green screens, stars of the hit show, and lots of equipment unknown to anyone who hasn’t attended film school or been part of a production. It wasn’t my first foray into a day of filming here in the Revolutionary City, and I certainly hope it won’t be my last.
The majority of filming took place down at the Capitol, which stands in as Penn Mansion on the show. Penn Mansion is the home Benedict Arnold purchased for himself and his soon-to-be bride, Peggy Shippen. If you remember, the Shippen residence in Philadelphia is the Governor’s Palace, which was prominently featured in season two.
In the first episode of the new season, Benedict Arnold and Peggy Shippen have a conversation in a carriage (one of ours, with our horses and driver!) on their way to Penn Mansion. They pull up to the gate, where Arnold gets off and Peggy goes on her way.
In that very same episode, Peggy is seen standing by, watching a group of young boys play a game at Market Square by the Courthouse. She calls them over and asks one of them to carry a letter inside the building.
Does the background look familiar? That’s DoG Street! I won’t tell who you the letter is for, because Making History prides itself on being a spoiler-free blog and we know many of you haven’t finished seasons one and two on Netflix yet! We watched them film this scene several times, with the boy getting a great workout in by running back and forth quite a few times. There is also a beautiful camera shot panning up to Peggy’s face, make sure you pay attention for that one!
Why is Peggy hanging around the Governor’s Palace gardens? You have to watch to find out!
I am really excited about this season so far. So much has happened already! If you haven’t been able to catch an episode yet, I highly recommend you do so, even if it’s just to play our #ISpyCW game on Twitter live, as the episodes air. We have a lot of fun watching TURN and we hope you do as well.
I was also honored to be a guest of the Black Petticoat Society’s podcast to talk about TURN and Colonial Williamsburg! Click here to give it a listen.
Let us know in the comments who your favorite character is and what’s been your favorite moment to far in the series! Try not to give away any spoilers.
All photos are courtesy AMC.