But as I walked up the Main Street, it soon became clear to me that this was no "small town America". Apparently, at some point since Karon wrote her books the town has become YUPPIFIED!!! (Cue the "da-da-dahhhh!") ominous music)
While I was there I learned that the building was also used to film part of "The Green Mile". See that glassed-in porch area over on the left? That's where they filmed Tom Hanks as an old guy living in a nursing home. The people who took this photo for me told me that the shack in which he kept the mouse, Mr. Jingles, at the end of the movie, was out in the woods behind the house, so I went off like a fool in my fancy boots looking for it down a mile and a half of trails that looked like this:
It was only a couple of hours before I would get to Pilot Mountain and the home of my good friends Larry and Rachel Charpiat....