The "OUTLANDER Effect" comes to North Carolina
Many of you have heard about the "OUTLANDER Effect" on Scottish tourism, as more and more OUTLANDER fans visit Scotland to see for themselves the locations mentioned in the books, as well as various sites used in the filming of the TV show.
But what about North Carolina? Those of us who live here (I'm a longtime resident of Raleigh, NC) have been asking that question for years, and ever since the Frasers settled in North Carolina in Season 4, it appears that OUTLANDER fans are finally starting to take notice.
Here's an interesting article on the "OUTLANDER Effect" on tourism in North Carolina.
The popularity of the TV series, which returns for its fifth season on Feb. 16, and North Carolina’s debut on it last year has brought the state’s colonial history into the lucrative world of “Outlander.” Specifically, it has sent fans to historic sites in droves seeking to follow in the footsteps of the characters.Although I often roll my eyes at the show's concept of North Carolina's geography, which places the mountains much closer to the coast than they are in reality, I think overall they're doing a reasonably good job portraying the landscape. Is it exactly like what NC looks like in real life? No, but given that they weren't able to film here, I try not to nitpick too much. It's a thrill for me to see the story taking place not far from where I live, just as it always has been. I still have vivid memories of my first reading of DRUMS OF AUTUMN, and my surprise and delight when I realized that Jamie and Claire were going to settle here.
Diana Gabaldon visited Alamance Battleground and Tryon Palace last year, to help raise funds for the preservation of these historical sites. I think it's wonderful that the show (and the books) are inspiring fans to visit these sites and to learn more about North Carolina and its history. And there's much more to come in Season 5!
Have any of you visited the locations in North Carolina mentioned in the books or show? What do you think of the show's depiction of North Carolina so far?