Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2018 - 16
photo courtesy of VisitNc.com
North Carolina, is
home to several buildings that served as
settings in the movie
Outside Ebbing, Missouri."
Three Billboards and a Tie to WNC
The title may say Ebbing, Missouri, but the scenery is distinctly Blue Ridge country with the towns of Sylva,
Dillsboro, Maggie Valley, and Black Mountain, North
Carolina in glorious view on the big screen. The movie
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," starring
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, has won praise from critics and movie goers alike,
along with big wins at the Golden Globes, and potentially at the Academy Awards, as the movie had just re-
ceived seven Oscar nominations as we went to press in
The movie focuses on a grieving mother who badgers
the local sheriff's department about its failed attempts
to solve her daughter's murder.
Visit North Carolina has charted out an itinerary for
travelers who want to see first-hand the beautiful towns
and mountains highlighted in the movie. Fans can visit
Sassy Frass in Sylva, which is a consignment/gift shop
that was transformed into the Ebbing
Police Department. Country Traditions, a Dillsboro food and beverage
shop became the workplace for Mildred Hayes (played by McDormand).
J. Arthur's Restaurant in Maggie Valley also made the cut as the setting for
Mildred's dinner with James. In Black
Mountain, the Town Pump Tavern
"On April 2, 1931, a 17-year-old minor league
showed up as Ebbing's local bar. Black
southpaw faced the New York Yankees in an exMountain is also where the three billhibition game at Chattanooga, Tennessee's Engel
boards were located.
Stadium, home of the Class-AA Lookouts. Before
The trip planner, found online at
a sell-out crowd, Jackie Mitchell struck out Babe
visitnc.com/trip-idea/explore-authenticRuth and Lou Gehrig as 4,000 fans thundered
locations-from-three-billboards-outsidetheir approval. The remainder of the games was
ebbing-missouri, charts out a three day
less noisy as the Yankees triumphed, 14-4."
excursion to explore these spots. It also
-Barbara Gregorich, writing in the March/April
provides additional places to experi1993 issue about Jackie Mitchell, the female lefty who was subsequently banned from
ence while you're in the area.
organized baseball by then-commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, on the grounds
-Marla Hardee Milling
that the sport was "too strenuous for a woman."
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