‘House of Cards’ fans can visit Un­der­wood’s ‘grave’

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Encore - BY TEDDY KULMALA tkul­[email protected]­tate.com

Fans of the Net­flix po­lit­i­cal se­ries “House of Cards” can visit the head­stone of Pres­i­dent Frank Un­der­wood in the fic­tional pres­i­dent’s South Carolina home­town.

Un­der­wood, por­trayed by Kevin Spacey in the first five sea­sons, is killed off for the show’s sixth and fi­nal sea­son. Some episodes in­clude shots of a head­stone bear­ing Un­der­wood’s name, his birth and death years, and a no­ta­tion of him be­ing the 46th pres­i­dent of the United States.

While the grave and its oc­cu­pant aren’t real, the head­stone is, and it was placed in a ceme­tery in Gaffney, which is Un­der­wood’s home­town in the se­ries.

Spacey was fired from the show amid al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault. The fi­nal sea­son be­gan some time af­ter Spacey’s char­ac­ter has died and in­di­cates that he was buried in Gaffney

The head­stone was placed next to the head­stone for Un­der­wood’s fa­ther, which also is seen in the show, in Oak­land Ceme­tery, ac­cord­ing to the City of Gaffney’s web- site.

The city’s mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, LeighAnn Snuggs, was con­tacted by Net­flix in Au­gust about se­lect­ing a fi­nal rest­ing place for Un­der­wood, ac­cord­ing to The Gaffney Ledger.

The Gaffney Vis­i­tors Cen­ter and Art Gallery has pro­moted the new­est at­trac­tion in the city, in­clud­ing hav­ing a pho­tog­ra­pher from Net­flix present at the ceme­tery to cap­ture peo­ple “pay­ing their re­spects” to the fic- tional pres­i­dent.

“’House of Cards’ has gen­er­ated a lot of in­ter­est and brought a lot of peo­ple to Gaffney, South Carolina,” Gaffney Mayor Henry Jolly told WSPA. “We do have peo­ple who’ve come from all over the coun­try here to just see about Gaffney, and we’ve had peo­ple that wanted to know if the Pea­choid was real.”

Jolly was re­fer­ring to the peach-shaped wa­ter tower just off In­ter­state 85 in Gaffney, which had its own sto­ry­line dur­ing the first sea­son of “House of Cards.” Ear­lier this year, a fence was built around the wa­ter tower to pro­tect it from van­dal­ism.

Any­one look­ing for in­for­ma­tion or to visit the head­stone is asked to call the Gaffney Vis­i­tors Cen­ter and Art Gallery at 864-487-6244.

Other Net­flix se­ries have South Carolina ties. “Or­ange is the New Black” star Danielle Brooks is from Greenville, and “Mar­vel’s Luke Cage” star Mike Colter is from Columbia.

Gaffney Vis­i­tors Cen­ter and Art Gallery/Face­book

A head­stone for the fic­tional U.S. pres­i­dent was placed at a ceme­tery in Gaffney, S.C.

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