Deep inside Alabama is a tiny island sitting in the middle of a river. and the road to it leads to a sign that welcomes you to an abandoned Tim Burton movie set.
"Welcome To Spectre" the sign reads.
Spectre is a fictional town left behind after the filming of Big Fish, a Burton movie starring Ewan McGregor that wrapped up in 2003.
It was a custom-made community of buildings constructed on the private Jackson Lake Island, which is owned by a couple near the real-life city of Millbrook, AL. The weathered church, shops, and homes bow with age but still look like the beloved town that fans remember from the film.
The set wasn't originally built in such bad shape, but the final scenes of the movie were actually meant to look like a ghost town, so parts of the location were altered to look a bit weathered.
Much of the original set, however, like the storefronts on Main St., has been demolished for apparent safety reasons.
These days, the whole town is filled with goats who permanently live on the island, and love to meet every visitor.
It was the island's property owners, Bobby Bright and Lynn Clardy Bright, that told Burton to leave the set behind.
It now serves as a testament to the beloved film, attracting a myriad of visitors yearly.
Entry to the town is on Cypress Lane. You'll reach a gate where there's a number to call for an access code. Once you call it, there is a $5 admission to visit the set. Remember to bring an old pair of shoes to hang on the line!
The Town Of Spectre
Address: Cypress Ln., Millbrook, AL
Why You Need To Go: It's an abandoned set from an old Tim Burton movie that you can explore!
This article has been updated since it was originally published on April 9, 2020.
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