Farmers market to stay put if ‘Sleepy Hollow’ returns to Salisbury

  • Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 12:49 a.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, April 21, 2013 12:52 a.m.
Customers welcome in spring at the Salisbury Farmers Market in its new location off Fisher Street in downtown Salisbury.
Customers welcome in spring at the Salisbury Farmers Market in its new location off Fisher Street in downtown Salisbury.

By Emily Ford

SALISBURY — If “Sleepy Hollow” comes back to film in Salisbury this summer, the farmers market will not have to move again, according to church leaders.

Twentieth Century Fox used the Wrenn House parking lot at the corner of Fisher and Jackson streets last month as part of base camp during filming for the TV pilot. The studio should learn May 13 if Fox TV will order the series and air the pilot.

The Wrenn House parking lot is the new home of the Salisbury-Rowan Farmers Market, which opened for the season Saturday.

“We don’t want to disrupt that,” said Chris Bradshaw, property committee chairman for First Presbyterian Church.

The church’s Maxwell Chambers Trust owns the Wrenn House, its parking lot, Bell Tower Park and other areas used in that block by “Sleepy Hollow.”

“We have committed Wednesday and Saturday mornings to the farmers market,” said Dave Jordan, treasurer for the trust.

If “Sleepy Hollow” gets picked up, the studio is expected to return to Salisbury and other cities in the Charlotte region to shoot numerous episodes. Salisbury is depicted as the town of Sleepy Hollow, where Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman travel through time and do battle in the modern-day supernatural thriller.

The church would welcome 20th Century Fox back to Salisbury and has additional property the studio could use as base camp, Bradshaw said.

“We could accommodate them,” he said.

The farmers market had to leave its long-time but temporary location in the 300 block of South Main Street to make way for the new $4 million Integro Technologies headquarters.

The city plans to build a permanent facility, likely across from Salisbury Depot where police cars are parked.

Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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