The film "Fried Green Tomatoes" was shot in two principal locations, Juliette, Georgia, site of the Whistle Stop Cafe, and Senoia, Georgia, the location of the actual house that was used as the Threadgoode family home. Both the cafe and the Threadgoode home can be seen by interested travelers. The Whistle Stop Cafe is open for business, with each summer bringing in buses full of tourists for lunch.
The visitor to Juliette will be surprised at how small the town is. It is a one-street town, and it is much smaller in reality than it appears on the screen. The old grain mill, visible in the background in some scenes of the movie, is still standing as well. A short walk across the tracks brings the visitor to the dam and spillway, which was fenced off because a few people actually tried to wade across. People in Juliette are friendly and helpful to the tourist. Juliette is so small everyone knows the names of the other residents' pets, such as a rambunctious black dog that two men informed me was named "Chief."
When in Senoia, stop in at the local library for directions to the Threadgoode house. The librarian, Mrs. Alice Jones, will be happy to tell you where the house is located, and you can't miss it. Mrs. Jones is used to having movie people around. There is a film studio in Senoia, Riverwood Studios, and Mrs. Jones has let out books to such actresses as Piper Laurie and Patty Duke, in Senoia to film a Christmas movie for Lifetime Television.
If you enjoyed the film, the next time you are in Georgia try to make it to the Whistle Stop Cafe for lunch, but you better make reservations in advance!
SIGN OVER THE FRONT DOOR OF THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE
FRONT OF THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE
ANOTHER FRONTAL VIEW OF THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE
INTERIOR OF CAFE SHOWING MOVIE POSTER AND PHOTOS OF WOMEN STARS
INTERIOR SHOT OF OLD WINDOW WITH BULLET HOLE AND PHOTOS OF STARS
VIEW OF THE FRONT OF THE INTERIOR
THIS INTERIOR SHOT SHOWS A FRAMED ARTICLE ABOUT THE DEATH OF JESSICA TANDY
BIG GEORGE'S BARBEQUE PIT
THE TRAINS STILL GO BY THE CAFE--AND THEY WHISTLE AS THEY PASS
SAME VIEW OF TOWN AS WHEN FRANK BENNETT'S TRUCK WAS PULLED FROM THE RIVER
NICE VIEW OF TOWN BOARDWALK ACROSS FROM THE CAFE
CLOSE UP OF BOARDWALK LOOKING NORTH UP MCCRACKIN STREET
THE WHISTLE STOP GIFT SHOP
TWO LOCALS ON THE PORCH OF RUTH'S AND IDGIE'S HOUSE
LOOKING SOUTH DOWN MCCRACKIN STREET
THE OLD GRAIN MILL
SMOKEY LONESOME'S SHACK
THE WOMAN IN THIS PHOTO IS DOROTHY ROBINSON: A NEW YORK ROOMMATE OF THE AUTHOR OF "FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE," FANNIE FLAGG
IDGIE'S FAVORITE FISHING SPOT ON THE DAM
ANOTHER VIEW OF THE DAM AND SPILLWAY: IT IS TEMPTING TO GET CLOSER
THE THREADGOODE HOME IN SENOIA, GEORGIA
MRS. ALICE JONES, THE QUEEN OF STACKS IN SENOIA, GEORGIA
VIEW OF THE FRONT OF THE SENOIA PUBLIC LIBRARY