The popular Netflix series House of Cards traces the rise of a Washington power couple played by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and begins its fourth season in March. Produced in Maryland, the series has generated a lot of local interest, especially in Harford County which has been a prominent location for filming sequences for the series.
Although not all of the Harford County film locations are accessible due to privacy restrictions, fans can still follow along with the action by taking a self-guided tour of some of the major sites. There are currently 10 sites on the tour.
“We’ve had people from all over the Mid-Atlantic taking the tour,” said Greg Pizzuto, who promotes the county. “You can download a tour map from our website or stop in at the visitor center and pick one up. We’ll have an app as well available to coincide with the start of Season 4.”
Harford County has stood in for locations ranging from China to South Carolina. In Season 2, the site of a garden meeting in Beijing, China, was actually a pagoda constructed for the shoot at Ladew Topiary Gardens. “It was beautiful,” the garden’s Julie Gilbert told The Baltimore Sun. “But we couldn’t keep it because we are a historic garden, so we cannot make (permanent) changes such as this.”
The church where characters Claire and Francis renewed their vows in Season 3 is actually Union United Methodist Church in Aberdeen. The elegant home in a fundraiser scene from Season 2 was actually the immaculate historical mansion Liriodendron, which dates back to 1897 and is definitely worth a visit.
Downtown Havre de Grace stands in for Gafney, S.C., in three seasons and locations in Aberdeen and Havre de Grace served as sites for campaign events. The EZ Tobacco Shop in Havre de Grace was transformed into a campaign headquarters. Check out the Visit Harford website for more sites on the fun-filled tour.
“If you stop in at the visitor center you can even get a Frank Underwood for President campaign button,” said Pizzuto.