Prior to 1983, Hawkins was a largely quiet and uneventful town. The last person to be reported missing prior to 1983 was in the summer of 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.
In 1984, the Hawkins Lab was officially shut down as a result of Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers recording a confession from Sam Owens and presenting it to Murray Bauman. Barbara Holland's death was reported to be caused by a chemical spill from the lab, in order to keep the truth of the Upside Down a secret as Bauman believed that the entire public could not believe it and the evidence could easily be destroyed. The gate to the Upside Down was closed by Eleven and Will was free from his possession of the Upside Down's supreme ruler, the Mind Flayer.
The mayor of Hawkins, Larry Kline began buying property in East Hawkins for a company called Starcourt Industries where he in return, began the construction of Starcourt Mall. When the mall opened in the summer of 1985, many shops and businesses in the downtown area of Hawkins were forced to close, causing friction between the mayor and the citizens. However, most of the citizens enjoyed Starcourt, as there were new stores and restaurants than there were in Hawkins before the mall's construction. However, unknown to Mayor Kline and the citizens of Hawkins, Starcourt Mall was actually a front for a secret underground Russian base where the Russians built a machine capable of opening a portal to the Upside Down. The mall's Scoops Ahoy ice cream parlor's employees, Steve Harrington and Robin Buckley, along with Dustin Henderson and Erica Sinclair discovered the base when Dustin intercepted the Russians' communication through his homemade ham radio where they barely managed to escape from the base.
Hawkins's Chief of Police, Jim Hopper and Joyce Byers also discovered the Russians' presence in Hawkins when a power outage disables the magnetism of Joyce's magnets and finding Russian scientist, Alexei. When realizing the Russians' intention to reopen the gate to the Upside Down, Hopper, Joyce, and Murray Bauman rushed back to Hawkins to close the gate again. They managed to sneak into the base and close the gate, though Hopper is presumed to be killed in the process and Starcourt Mall burned to the ground as result of the Party's battle with the Mind Flayer's avatar.
Three months after the mall's destruction, Hawkins became the focal point of several conspiracy theories due to recent events going viral and Mayor Kline was arrested for illegal fundings for the mall's construction.
- The Buckley Family:
- Richard Buckley
- Melissa Buckley
- Robin Buckley (1968-)
- The Byers Family (???-1985):
- The Creel Family (1959-):
- The Driscoll Family (???-1985):
- The Hargrove Family (1984-):
- The Harrington Family:
- Mr. Harrington
- Mrs. Harrington
- Steve Harrington (1966-)
- The Henderson Family (1980-):
- The Hopper Family (-1985):
- The Holland Family:
- The Holloway Family (???-1985):
- The Kline Family:
- The Sinclair Family:
- The Walsh Family (???-1984):
- The Wheeler Family:
- Stacey Albright
- Martin Brenner (1931-1983)
- Phil Callahan
- Jason Carver
- Scott Clarke
- Russell Coleman
- James Dante
- Connie Frazier (???-1983; Deceased)
- Tommy Hagan
- Benny Hammond (???-1983; Deceased)
- Ms. Kelly
- Bruce Lowe (???-1985; Deceased)
- Eugene McCorkle
- Donald Melvald
- Eddie Munson
- Bob Newby (???-1984; Deceased)
- Carol Perkins
- Calvin Powell
- Brenda Wood
- Merrill Wright
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
- Hawkins Memorial Hospital
- Hawkins Community Pool
- Benny's Burgers
- The Palace Arcade
- Family Video
- Pumpkin Patch
- Enzo's Restaurant
- Hess Farm
- Brimborn Steel Works
- Starcourt Mall (formerly; destroyed by a fire on July 4, 1985)
- 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 that housed the Public Library.
- Town Hall
- 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.
- Old Highway 77 - Goes Past Starcourt Mall.
- Cherry Oak Drive - The street where Brimborn Steel Works is located; and is near Cerebro and Starcourt Mall.
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 was 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.
- The size of the police department, the apparent size of Hawkins Middle School, and the apparent size of Hawkins High would be consistent with a town of perhaps 10,000 or 15,000 residents.
- Stranger Things Season 1: "Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street"
- Stranger Things Season 1: "Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers"
- Stranger Things Season 1: "Chapter Seven: The Bathtub"
- Stranger Things Season 1: "Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat"
- "‘Stranger Things’ shoots on Jackson square" Jackson Progress-Argus. November 24, 2015.
- "Film Industry Returns to Jackson" Butts County, GA. November 19, 2015.
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Benny's Burgers • Bradley's Big Buy • Brimborn Steel Works • Fun Fair • Hawkins Community Pool • Hawkins High School • Hawkins Middle School • Hawkins Memorial Hospital • Hawkins Police Station • The Hawkins Post • Junkyard • Melvald's General Store • Palace Arcade • Public Library • Sattler Quarry • Scoops Ahoy• Starcourt Mall
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