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Petros, Tennessee, Part 1


This is Petros, Tennessee.  Just to the right of where we are standing, the movie crew constructed a small Olga #1 tipple.  (The tipple was torn down after the filming was completed.)  You'll remember scenes from the movie where miners are walking along this street (towards us) carrying their lunch pails as they head for the tipple.  The first house on the right side of the road (this is Main Street) was where the exterior shots of Homer's house were filmed.

 


This is a close up of Homer's house.  A white picket fence was constructed by the movie crew all the way around the house.  Little remains of the fence today (2006), eight years after the filming.

 


Homer's house.  The night scene where Homer and the others saw Sputnik fly overhead was filmed in the front yard of this home.  You can see a tiny portion of the white picket fence on the left side at the back of the house.
 

 


Homer's house.  Remember, only the exterior shots of the house were filmed here.  The interior shots were filmed in Petros, Tennessee.

 


This is the house just east of Homer's house.  It can be seen in some movie shots.

 


Homer's house and the house next door.

 


This is the Petros Baptist Church.  The film crew set up Homer's bedroom in the basement of this church, and that's where the bedroom scenes were filmed.

 


Looking down Main Street.  You can see Homer's house on the right and the Petros Baptist church on the left.  Right behind us on our right side was where the film crew constructed the Olga #1 tipple.

 

 

This is the lot where Olga #1 tipple was constructed.  Of course, the tipple was removed when the filming was over.

 


Some of the buildings on Main Street were also painted with "Olga Coal Company," and they still remain that way today.

 

For a fascinating set of photos taken during the actual filming of October Sky in Petros,
please click here.