Prior to 1983, Hawkins was a largely quiet and uneventful town. The last person to be reported missing prior to 1983 was in summer 1923, while the last suicide was in fall 1961. The greatest point of interest was the secretive Hawkins National Laboratory, one of several national laboratories which grew out of the scientific endeavors of World War II. Unknown to the residents of the town, the lab was contributing to the controversial government program known as MKUltra.
In November 1983, during experiments at the laboratory, a gate was accidentally opened to an alternate dimension, allowing a predatory creature to enter Hawkins. The monster abducted residents and brought them to the Upside Down. Among its victims were Will Byers, who was brought home after a week, and Barbara Holland, who was killed in the Upside Down. The circumstances of their disappearance were covered up by the agents at Hawkins Lab.
- The Byers family
- The Wheeler family
- The Hopper family
- The Holland family
- The Sinclair family
- the Hargrove family
- The Blackburn family
- Unnamed child
- The Henderson family
- The Harrington family
- Benny Hammond (deceased)
- Tommy H.
- Officer Powell
- Officer Callahan
- Bob Newby (deceased)
- Russell Coleman
- Scott Clarke
- Troy's mother
- Jennifer Hayes
- Bev Mooney
- Dale (deceased)
- Henry (deceased)
- Greg McCorkle
- Hawk Theater Manager
- Hawkins High Principal
- Hunting Store Owner
- Mary Mack Girls
- Pastor Charles
- Unnamed Clerk
- Unnamed English Teacher
- Unnamed Funeral Director
- Unnamed Morgue Worker
- Amy, Laurie & Becky
- Eleanor Gillespie
- George Burness
- Mr. Mundy
- Ms. Ratliff
- Phil Larson
Included and Nearby Locations
- Hawkins National Laboratory, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy
- Hawkins Police Station
- Hawkins High School
- Hawkins Middle School
- Bradley's Big Buy (supermarket)
- Hawkins General Hospital
- Benny's Burgers
- The Palace
- Pumpkin Patch
- Lovers' Lake
- Forrest Hills Park
The Downtown of Hawkins was the center of the city of Hawkins, where several public buildings and commercial shops were located. It was a town square surrounding a clock tower building in the center which housed the Public Library.
- Public Library
- Melvald's General Store
- Royal Furniture Co.
- Hawk (cinema)
- Rental Solutions
- Hawkins Water & Sewer Authority
- Roane County Coroner
- Hunting & Camping (store)
- Hideaway (pub)
Roads and areas
- Mirkwood - Road near the Byers' home going past Hawkins National Laboratory, located where Cornwallis and Kerley meet.
- Cornwallis – Close to the Wheeler home, continues onto Kerley, where it goes off to Mirkwood.
- Kerley – Continues onto Cornwallis, where it goes off to Mirkwood.
- Elm and Cherry – Crossing streets where Mike and Dustin would meet Lucas.
- Randolph Lane – Where Benny's Burgers is located.
- Randolph Road – Goes past Hawkins National Laboratory.
- Mulberry Street - Near Melvald's General Store.
- Maple Street - The street where the Wheeler, Sinclair and Blackburn families live.
- "Dearborn and Maple" - Likely an intersection between Maple Street and a possible "Dearborn Street". Nancy and Steve initially plan to meet there after school in Chapter One.
- Loch Nora - A wealthy neighborhood in Hawkins.
Before Jonathan and Nancy went monster hunting, he showed her a map taken from a telephone directory, where he had marked the locations of the monster attacks: Steve's house, the place where Will's bike was found and the Byers' house. The map also showed the names of several roads in Hawkins, which were probably the main roads.
Streets going North-South: Johnson, Euclid, Monroe, Washington, Madison, Grant, Habersham, North Ave, Piedmont and Hill.
Streets going West-East: Broadway, Briarcliff, Jackson and Henry.
Behind the scenes
Stranger Things was filmed on location in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas. The town square of Jackson in Butts County was used as the location for downtown Hawkins, and many of the stores were repainted and stocked with vintage merchandise for filming.
The show was originally set in Montauk, Long Island, as shown by the pilot script. For various reasons, the Duffers invented Hawkins and used it as the show's location instead.
- See also: Filming locations
The town square of Jackson, Georgia and its establishments were used as the filming location for the downtown area. The Butts County Probate court in the center of the town square was used for the Public Library. The shops along 2nd Street were most prominently featured in the show: Jackson Drug as Melvald's General Store, RadioShack as RadioShack and Jason Lee Music Store as the furniture shop.
In preparation for the shoot, crews were on the square in November 2015, painting the facades of several businesses, including Jackson Drug, and adding props and signage.
A number of storefronts, primarily on the north side of the square along Second Street, were revitalized to fit the 1980’s era. Jackson Drug Company, Radio Shack and Jason Lee Music Store were given a new color scheme and look for the shoot. Colors used for the painting were drawn from color charts approved by the Downtown Development Authority and played part in future revitalization efforts.
In the week before filming, the prop department loaded the front window of RadioShack with period electronics including console televisions, smaller color and black and white televisions, an Atari game console, a Kenwood stereo component system and a GE cassette tape recorder. The old Deraney’s Department store building, which had stood empty until Jason Lee Music Store had recently opened, was transformed into a furniture store with a selection of 1980’s era furniture pieces placed in the window along the sidewalk.
The north entrance of the Butts County Courthouse were fitted with temporary wooden doors. The old fenced-in enclosure on the north lawn of the courthouse, as well as an old water pipe and concrete around the enclosure, was removed and replaced with plantings for the shoot.
Government Relations Director Michael Brewer said they were "grateful for the cooperation and interest in Jackson from the people at Netflix," especially mentioning assistant location manager Dan Reilly. He said the City and County had worked well together to help Netflix, and Netflix had kept the store owners, the City of Jackson and Downtown Development Authority informed all the way.
On Monday, November 23, 2015, Mulberry, 2nd and Oak streets were closed around the town square and their parking spaces blocked for filming from 5 AM to 10 PM. Further shoots on the town square were planned for unspecified dates in the early part of 2016.
Netflix worked with the stores on the streets to make alternate arrangements for customers on shooting day. They also worked with local merchants to make sure they were not adversely affected by shooting schedules. Probate Court arraignments continued as scheduled, but those attending were required to enter the courthouse through the Third Street entrance, with Uniform officers in the area assisting with the street closures.
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- ↑ Stranger Things Season 1: "Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Stranger Things Season 1: "Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Stranger Things Season 1: "Chapter Seven: The Bathtub"
- ↑ Stranger Things Season 1: "Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 "‘Stranger Things’ shoots on Jackson square" Jackson Progress-Argus. November 24, 2015.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 "Film Industry Returns to Jackson" Butts County, GA. November 19, 2015.