Visit the Enchanting Southern Town That Was Built for a Movie (and Never Torn Down)

Spectre is now overrun with goats, Spanish moss, and abandoned charm.

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Tim Burton's 2003 film Big Fish follows the fantastical life of Edward Bloom, played by Ewan McGregor as a young man. With stories of giants, witches, and werewolves, the line between reality and embellishment is always blurry in Bloom's tall tales, but we've always been especially smitten with young Edward's discovery of the curious — but enchanting — town of Spectre, tucked away behind a haunted forest. Years after his first visit, Edward returns to Spectre to find that the once quaint and beautiful little town has fallen into decay and disrepair.

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The town of Spectre was actually custom built for the Tim Burton-directed movie on Jackson Lake Island, a small private island situated on the Alabama River outside of Millbrook, Alabama—and it still exists! The now-crumbling set is covered in Spanish moss, but shoes still dangle between the poles marking the town's entrance (in the movie, the town's residents all walked around barefoot).

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While the island is privately owned, visitors, fishers, kayakers and campers are welcome for an entry fee of $3 per day. On the Jackson Lake Island Facebook page, you can find more information about visiting, including a phone number (334-430-7963) and an email ([email protected])—you'll need a code to open the gate!

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Bonus: The island is inhabited by some friendly goats!

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Visited the town of Spectre today. Met some new friends while I was there as well. #spectrealabama #bigfish #sunnyfridaydrive

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Photos by Johnny Joo

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