The Originals is a spin-off from The Vampire Diaries which centers around the Mikaelson siblings, Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt). The backdoor pilot, which aired on April 25, 2013, also revealed that the werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is pregnant with Klaus’ child and would therefore join the cast. The show begins with the original siblings returning to the city of New Orleans for the first time since 1919. Having originally built the city, they had been forced to flee from their vengeful father. In their absence, Klaus’ protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), took charge of the city. Klaus resolves that they must take down Marcel and get back the city that once belonged to them. The show airs on the CW Television Network on Mondays at 8PM Eastern time.
Location shooting for The Originals began in the fall of 2014 at the historic Carmichael House in Jackson. The beautiful 1898 Queen Anne style mansion was the home of one of Jackson’s early industrialists, John Robert Carmichael Sr. and was built at a then-staggering cost of $16,000.00. The combination of soaring turrets, tall slate roofs with heavy ornamental steel work and large porches make the house an ideal backdrop for a haunting story or two.
The Carmichael House has been a Jackson landmark for well over a century and a source of pride to the community. It is the only house of its architectural style in Butts County and one of the few of its kind in Georgia. The Carmichael House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with the US Department of the Interior.
A complete history of the mansion including several pictures can be found here: The Carmichael House written by local writer Michael Brewer.