The Old Administration building at Tewksbury State Hospital

The Old Administration building at Tewksbury State Hospital is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the backdrop for filming the Hulu/Stephen King series “Castle Rock.” (Paige Impink photo)

TEWKSBURY — Fans of Stephen King are likely a­lready aware that the series “Castle Rock,” based on the fictional area in Maine that is the setting for many of his stories, is being filmed in Massachusetts. The Hulu-produced series will be a psychological thriller containing characters and plot lines from several of King’s works.

According to a variety of news accounts, locations around the Commonwealth where “action” is occurring include Orange, Lan­caster and the New England Stu­dios at De­vens. However, ad­ditional footage is being shot right here in Tewksbury.

The Public Health Mu­seum in Tewksbury on the campus of the Tewksbury State Hos­pital on East Street will be a backdrop for several scenes in the show. A representative of the museum stated that information about the production schedule was not available, but the museum website states that the building closed on Sept. 7th and won’t reopen until Sept. 20.

The museum is the old Ad­ministration Building on the campus and houses an im­pressive collection of public health displays and highlights the role Mas­sachu­setts played in developing cures for several illnesses early last century including polio and smallpox. The buil­ding enjoys a reputation as a “creepy” place, though its architecture is by the re­nowned Richard Morris and dates to 1894.

The building has spectacular woodwork and precious Works Project Ad­ministra­tion murals by Maurice Com­pris, Samuel F. Hershey, and W. Lester Stevens. Other parts of the state hospital and grounds are purported to be “haun­ted” and perhaps suitable for King’s thriller series.

The State Hospital has been in operation in Tewks­bury since 1852, evolving from an almshouse and infirmary, to its current mission providing mental health and critical care support for adults in the Commonwealth as well as outpatient support for numerous state agencies.

According to the Massa­chusetts Film Office, Tewks­­bury has been the location for a host of film and television productions, including the series Katie Fforde and Jim Wahl­berg’s short film “If Only,” along with the re­cent “Manches­ter by the Sea.”

Communication from Per­ry Seaman, Public Relations for Hulu, stated that interviews about the show are not being granted at this time, but a teaser trailer is up on YouTube by Bad Robot productions. So far, actors cast for the show include Bill Skars­gård, Sissy Spacek, André Holland, Jane Levy and Melanie Lynskey.

Each episode will feature a different story so keep your eyes open in town for some noted notables wandering around. The series is set to air in 2018 on Hulu.

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