‘Outlander’ Season 5: Is River Run a Real Place in North Carolina?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Caitriona Balfe - Outlander

Outlander is seeing Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) settling into their new residence in North Carolina this season. The first got here to the colony to go to Jamie’s aunt Jacosta (Maria Doyle Kennedy) in River Run. Since the collection usually depicts actual historic folks and occasions, some may be questioning if River Run is an actual place in North Carolina. 

Caitriona Balfe - Outlander
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The significance of River Run on ‘Outlander’

After struggling by years of torture, warfare, and violence, Jamie and Claire journey from Scotland to the colonies. Once they attain Charleston, South Carolina, Jamie decides to pay a go to to his late mom’s sister, Jacosta. His aunt, now a widow, is the proprietor of a big North Carolina plantation known as River Run. 

Jacosta asks Jamie to take over River Run. But due to the tradition of slavery on the plantation and within the close by space, Jamie and Claire flip down the provide. They resolve to choose the land they had been granted by Governor Tryon (Tim Downie), which the named Fraser’s Ridge. 

However, Fraser’s Ridge is just not far off from River Run, and the household stays involved with Aunt Jacosta. When Roger (Richard Rankin) is taken by the Mohawk tribe, Claire and Jamie go away a pregnant Brianna (Sophie Skelton) at River Run with Jacosta earlier than they got down to rescue him. 

In season 5, Jacosta marries Duncan Innes, and the complete household joins within the wedding ceremony celebration at River Run. While they’re there, Jacosta names Brianna and Roger’s child Jemmy because the inheritor to her land.  So at this level, River Run is sort of a second residence for the Fraser household. 

Is River Run an actual place?

While there are quite a few locations within the nation with the same title, the River Run from Outlander is a very fictional place. In Diana Gabaldon’s e-book collection, River Run is positioned off the Cape Fear River close to Cross Creek, North Carolina. 

The plantation itself is fictional, however the cause Gabaldon in all probability selected the world is that traditionally, it was a spot that attracted many Scottish settlers within the mid to late 1700s. And in response to the North Carolina History Project, Cross Creek was a “hotbed of wartime activity” in the course of the American Revolution. 

“Highland Scots assembled there in 1776 and marched to Moore’s Creek Bridge, only to be defeated by the Patriots,” the North Carolina History Project web site reads. “In 1778, the county court issued orders for about four hundred citizens suspected of being Loyalists across Cumberland County, many of them Highland Scots, to take an oath of allegiance to the Provincial government.”

‘Outlander’ movies its River Run scenes in Scotland

On Outlander, River Run might properly appear like a colonial plantation in North Carolina. But it’s really filmed at a non-public property in Crieff, Scotland known as Abercairny Estates. The location is about 60 miles north of Glasgow. 

“This is our most ambitious season, most challenging season anyway because we had to play Scotland for North Carolina,” stated govt producer Matthew B. Roberts when speaking about River Run to Entertainment Weekly. “Gary Steele, our production designer, designed it and built it. He did a lot of research of period plantations because people kind of instantly go to antebellum type plantations in the deep south. He wanted to build it more like a plantation of the period, an early colonial plantation.”

He revealed that they put a blue facade on the construction in order that they might alter its aesthetic post-production. “We found an area that had grass and a thin serpentine pond that ran throughout the property, and it had this perfect little peninsula,” he instructed the outlet.  “We built the façade on it, and what it allowed us to do is build a road, and a front entrance, then we blued it out. You put the blue screen around the façade, then you can visual effects in the rest of the house.”

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