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Witness Filming Locations

AKA:
Witness Picture
1985


Featured Movie Location: The Train Station
Wanna see the real life filming location used for The Train Station in the movie? These scenes were actually shot at 30th Street Railway Station, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [Google Map]


Locations Manager(s): Michael John Meehan

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The train station they departed from for Philadelphia was in Parkesburg PA.

The Lapp's Amish farm where Harrison Ford stays belonged to Paul and Emma Krantz. It is located near Strasburg, near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 1993, the Krantz's approached the Lancaster Farmland Trust about preserving it and it has now become a Trust property.

Jaime Toth made it her mission to locate the actual house where the "Lapp's" farm was filmed. After over 8 hours searching, she finally had a street name: Bunker Hill Road. It is near Strasburg around two tiny towns called Hessdale and Refton. After much searching, frustrated and ready to quit, she turned down a dirt driveway at house #758. Driving down this long driveway, she saw the house! It was so awesome. This driveway is where Danny Glover parks the car and they walk down the hill with their guns. The actual house looks a bit more run down than in the movie. The barn is to the right of what actually is 2 houses. Supposedly the Kratz family does not own the house anymore, it was sold to some Amish. [Thanks to Jaime Toth]

The Lancaster County Courthouse was used as the location for the police station in the movie. Also, the underground garage was used for the scene where Harrison gets shot by Danny Glover's character. [Thanks to Becky Coffman]

The Town where ford gets in the fight with the tourist is Intercourse, Pa (rt 340), outside the Zimmerman and Sons store -where he also uses the phone. [Thanks to Alicelynne Watson]

The opening credits, very skillfully depicting an Amish horse-and-buggy out of sync with the modern world, was shot at the intersections of Rt 896 and Rt 30, about halfway between Strasburg and Bird-in-Hand. That particular intersection is the equal of any ultra-modern strip mall shopping environment, with pseudo-'factory outlets' et. al; but a half-mile or so away, in almost any direction, lies the seemingly endless farms of the Amish, and the quaint, well-preserved towns that complement the landscape. [Thanks to Lowell Tackett]

Many of the locations filmed in 1984, especially those near route 30, have disappeared due to road construction and many homes and business being built. [Thanks to Mary]

The police station scenes (offices) were filmed in the Greist Building, Lancaster -the tall structure on the square. The underground garage was at the courthouse, about a block east on King Street.

The scene of the murder was filmed on a replica set of the Phila. Train Station. This set was built at the Posey Iron Works Building on S. Prince Street. I have been told the silo scene, when the man is smothered in corn, was filmed here, too. [Thanks to Brad Igou]

The silo used in the final scenes that was filmed at the Posey Iron Works has been moved to Country Barn. (211 S. Donerville Rd, Lancaster, PA 17603) The public can view it there. [Thanks to Jim Stauffer]

I was secretary/treasurer of PIW until its close. Posey had plants at both South Prince Street and Old Harrisburg Pike. The silo and rest room scenes were both shot at the Harrisburg Pike location in the old brick mold shop. This property is now part of the Franklin and Marshall College campus. I got to know Craig Edgar, the set designer, who shopped for props around the county and attended the auction of assets upon the closing of Posey Iron. [Thanks to Charles R. Simmons]

Can you help? Do you know any of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (or any other) filming locations used for Witness, particularly The Barn? [Please send them in]


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