While the town of Bon Temp, is purely fictional, much of the series’ first two seasons of True Blood filmed in actual locations in Louisiana. A Victorian-era home, Austen Place (formerly known as the Oglivie-Wiener Mansion), is prominently featured in the opening credits of the HBO series. While never seen as one of the character’s residences in the show, the house caught the attention of the show’s fans. At the time the show aired, the house stood empty; since then, it has been purchased and turned into a Bed and Breakfast and is open for tours on the weekend.
Separately from its exposure on True Blood, the house lived a glamorous life in the 1950s as a private supper club, “The Florentine Club,” and hosted such notable celebrities of the era as John Wayne, Bette Davis, Doris Day, William Holden, Ethel Merman, among others.
If you find yourself with some extra time and need more True Blood scenery, take a road trip and head to Baton Rouge for a stay at another B&B featured in the show. The Stockade, named for a Civil War stockade that occupied the current house’s grounds, played the part of the romantic French restaurant where Bill proposed to Sookie just before getting kidnapped in the season two finale.
Austen Place tours: call for entrance fee information and to schedule
Austen Place (Oglivie-Wiener Mansion)
728 Austen Place
Shreveport, LA 71101
3 - 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday