You can buy the slum from 'The Hunger Games'

The abandoned mill town where the heroine lived in the film is part of a 72-acre parcel offered for $1.4 million. The property has been for sale for several years, but the movie has increased interest.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Apr 4, 2012 1:19PM

It's not often someone offers a slum for sale. But if that slum appeared in the film "The Hunger Games," perhaps it will fetch $1.4 million.

 

Or so owner Wade Shepherd hopes.

 

The 83-year-old North Carolina resident has been trying to sell the 72-acre abandoned mill town for several years. But the film, based on the popular trilogy of novels, has brought new attention to Henry River Mill Village, about 60 miles northwest of Charlotte.

 

The abandoned mill town, which includes 20 vacant houses and an abandoned general store, is one of a dozen sites included on a list of places to experience "The Hunger Games."

"It’s been for sale two and a half years and I dropped it $400,000 in price awhile ago because of the economy. Before the movie I had some interest from one gentleman who wanted to knock it all down and build new houses. But I would hate to lose the history," Shepherd told The Sun, a British newspaper. "But I’ve had lots of calls since the movie. I would be happy if a fan bought it. It would mean they might preserve it."

Henry River Mill Village was used in the film as a stand-in for District 12, the poorest of the slums and the home of Katniss, the heroine.

The real-life Henry River Mill Village was home to a cotton mill starting in 1905, plus a general store, a boarding house and about 35 homes for mill workers and their families. The mill closed in  the late 1960s or early 1970s and burned down in 1977. The last resident moved out in the 1980s.

Shepherd, who lives across the river from the village, bought it in 1975, to save it from drunken vagrants, according to The Sun. Now he has to protect it from "Hunger Games" tourists.

 

"I let them take all the pictures they like from the street, but I don’t want them going inside," Shepherd told the newspaper. "I've had to run a few out of the houses."

 

CORRECTION

April 4, 2012: This post originally included incorrect information about town and country names in the film "The Hunger Games."

 

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10Comments
Apr 4, 2012 5:09PM
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He's lucky vagrants' and street people don't move into his empty town and set up shop.  I know if that empty town was around here, there would be some group trying to put the homeless in there. 
Apr 4, 2012 3:55PM
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Rumor has it that it was sold several years ago but the historical society got involved and the potential buyers could not tear down any of the buildings to build condos on the property which they had planned to do, so they backed out of the deal.
Apr 4, 2012 3:53PM
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Hunger Games, whatever.  I'm still waiting for Piranha's Part Two "The Spawning" to come out in 3D!
Apr 4, 2012 3:34PM
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really....GET A LIFE PEOLE ,,, all for this movie ,,,WOW!!!!!
Apr 4, 2012 2:47PM
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Gotcha, folks -- fixing now. Thanks for letting us know!
Apr 4, 2012 2:36PM
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So he's only willing to sell it to a buyer who is going to keep the slum houses?  No wonder he hasn't sold it yet. 
Apr 4, 2012 2:32PM
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Fact Check(Spoilers): Panem is the name of the whole country, not just the town Katniss grew up in. The town is simply called District 12.

The town was not done in by the mine explosion that killed Katniss' father, that accident happened when she was 11. District 12 is done in by the capital at the end of Catching Fire by bombings when Katniss is 16/17 years old. 
Apr 4, 2012 2:29PM
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Panem was the nation, she lived in district 12 which was not done in by the mine explosion that killed her father. In an effort not to spoil the books for anyone, you have to read them or wait for another movie to find out the fate of district 12.
Apr 4, 2012 2:22PM
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Panem is the name entire nation in the series not the town it's just called district 12

 

Apr 4, 2012 2:04PM
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Panem was "done in"?  Is that in book 4?  I believe Panem is the entire nation...

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