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History Channel program filmed in Williamsport

March 08, 2007

A California film and production company has wrapped up filming in Washington County. The Santa Monica, Calif., company has been filming a History Channel episode about John Wilkes Booth and his escape from Washington, D.C., following the assassination of President Lincoln.

More than 20 cast and crew members filmed in Williamsport, using a wooden bridge in the C&O Canal National Historic Park as the backdrop for a fleeing Booth.

Tom Jennings Productions said that Williamsport was chosen because Washington County was film-friendly, and that the site was perfect for the network television project.

Jennings said that the episode is scheduled to premiere on The History Channel on Dec. 23.

Washington County-based Historical Entertainment provided production assistance, extras and coordination with the C&O Canal National Historical Park, the Town of Williamsport, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Staff members of the C&O Canal National Historical Park stayed at the Williamsport site and provided assistance during filming.

Actor Jean-Pierre Parent portrayed Booth, the man who assassinated Lincoln. His horse was provided by Jodi Nolan. The horse, named Richmond, has appeared in more than 20 films and network television episodes, including "The Amazing Race."

The History Channel project is one of more than 12 network television projects completed in Washington County in the past three years. Three movies were filmed in Washington County during the same time period - "Fields of Freedom," "We Fight to Be Free" and "No Retreat From Destiny."

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