Stars Hollow is a fictional town in Connecticut featured on the television show Gilmore Girls . It is depicted as a close-knit community with many quirky characteristics, located roughly thirty minutes from Hartford . The show’s creators borrowed elements of Washington Depot, Connecticut ; Kent, Connecticut ; And New Milford, Connecticut to create the town, which is actually constructed on the Warner Bros. Backlot in Burbank, California .
In the center of the town is a town with a gazebo and a statue of Casimir Pulaski .
|Luke’s Diner / William’s Hardware||Owned and run by Luke Danes . His living space is upstairs in his father’s form office. Luke’s Late Pastor is now the diner. Luke thing to change the “Hardware” sign on the entrance of the diner in honor of his father’s lifelong business. Lorelai and Rory Gilmore.|
|Doose’s Market||Owned and run by Taylor Doose . This is the main market / grocery story in Stars Hollow. Rory’s first boyfriend, Dean, worked here.|
|Miss Patty’s Dance School||Dance school run by Miss Patty and venue of town meetings presided over by Taylor Doose.|
|Stars Hollow High School||The town’s high school, whose sports teams are the Minutemen .|
|Kim’s Antiques||An antique shop which is also the home of Lane Kim and her mother, Mrs. Kim. Contains living quarters above the shop.|
|Weston’s Bakery||The town bakery owned by Fran Weston.|
|Al’s Pancake World||Competitor to Luke’s, specializing in international cuisine , but retaining the “Pancake World” moniker despite being pancakes being on the menu.|
|Gypsy’s Garage / Hewes Brothers||Auto garage where Gypsy is the owner and chief mechanic.|
|Sophie’s Music||Owned by Sophie Bloom ( Carole King ). Local shop where Lane buys her musical supplies and learns to play the drums.|
|Stars Hollow Books||Run by Andrew, where Rory once worked spring break taking inventory.|
|Black, White, and Read Bookshop / Theater||Another local bookstore, often converted into a casual small movie theater during evenings, where vintage films are screened.|
|Churchogogue||A shared house of worship where both Christian and Jewish services are held.|
|Stars Hollow Beauty Supply||Where Shane, Rory’s one-time romantic rival, worked. Kirk also works there in season 3.|
|Gabby’s Flowers||Rory and Lorelai buy all four of their Thanksgiving.|
|Teriyaki Joe’s||Where Rory goes to lunch with her grandmother, Emily Gilmore, while giving her a turn of Stars Hollow.|
|Faretta’s Barber Shop|
|Jojo’s||Another restaurant. The Gilmore Girls how Jojo’s has terrible food.|
|Antonioli’s Restaurant||The pizzeria that Rory hired to make the “world’s biggest pizza” for Lorelai’s birthday. Kirk works here and had a cheese accident in which 1/3 of his body was burned.|
|The Chat Club||Sells cat-themed gifts and products for pets. Here Kirk buys supplies for his cat and Luke buys a gift for Rachel.|
|Kirk’s Diner||Only seen or heard of in season 7, episode 2: That’s What You Get, Folks, for Makin ‘Whoopie .|
|Stars Hollow Party Supply||A shopping bag from this store was made by Sookie in season 5 episode 15.|
|The Hungry Diner||Rory’s wrist Rory’s car, fracturing Rory’s wrist. Michel, friend and co-worker of Sookie and Lorelai, frequents the establishment.|
|Stars Hollow Video||Local video rental shop, put up a “Rory Curtain” after Rory asks them to move an explicit movie to a higher shelf. Kirk was seen working there in season 2.|
|The Independence Inn||Venue for various parties and events, including weddings. Owned by Mia, managed by Lorelai. Lorelai and Rory lived in the potting shed on the property on moving to Stars Hollow. This inn burns down, leading to The Dragonfly Inn becoming a focal point.|
|The Dragonfly Inn||Formerly a bed and breakfast by Lorelai and Sookie, where Lorelai becomes executive manager and Sookie is chef. Michel, the concierge of the Independence Inn in Stars Hollow and good friend of Sookie and Lorelai, becomes the new manager of the Dragonfly.|
|Stars Hollow Baby||Where Lorelai and Rory buy supplies for Lane ‘s baby shower during season 7.|
|Tricky’s Dry Cleaner||The motto: “If it’s sticky, try Tricky’s”.|
|Bootsy’s Newsstand||Local newsstand run by Bootsy, started by his father.|
|Stars Hollow Library||Home of the Buy-a-Book Fundraiser where Rory purchased many items and worked for a couple of weeks during season 6.|
|Stars Hollow Arcade||Featured throughout the series, and yet another establishment where Kirk worked.|
|Stars Hollow Retirement Home||The Hollow Bid-a-Basket Fundraiser “The Hollow Bid-a-Basket Fundraiser” was the go-to-the-Hollow Retirement Home (as seen on the signs in season 2, episode 13).|
|Harry’s House of Twinkle Lights||An integral part of Stars Hollow for 20 years, until Harry the Twinkle Light Man retires in season 2.|
|Mailboxes, Etc.||Where Kirk is working, Luke signs his divorce papers, and Lorelai attempts to buy vintage TV sitcom stamps.|
|Taylor Doo’s Old-Fashioned Soda Shoppe||Taylor opens this store to Luke’s Diner and even adds a window between the two in season 4.|
|Stars Hollow Museum||A temporary museum of Taylor is the historical artifacts of the town’s history. Luke and Dean both help to build the museum and set up the artifacts.|
|Hockey Rink||Dean with Lindsey, his new girlfriend in season 3.|
|gazebo||Lorelai and Luke hide out here to share Their picnic basket in season 2 and getting married in the Netflix revival miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life . At one point, when he was being attacked by his cat, Kirk was sleeping here. Based on the gazebo on US Route 5 in the center of Wallingford|
According to Luke, Stars Hollow has “twelve blinds … devoted entirely to peddling porcelain unicorns.” 
Other establishments MENTIONED: Nancy’s Cottage of Calico, a post office, Stars Hollow Bank, travel agency , vintage clothing store, law firm, gas station, store knitting That Mrs. Kim frequents, a stationery store, a real estate office, a pharmacy, and a shoe store. The town is also known for having fast food chain restaurants such as McDonalds , Taco Bell , and Burger to Wal Mart on the outskirts of town near the Highway .
Stars Hollow was founded in 1779 with conflicting legends regarding how it got its name. Although somewhere within the town doubt the theory, the traditionally accepted legend involves two star-crossed lovers who seemed destined never to be together, until separate cosmological phenomena involving stars at each other at the spot where the town now exists. This is Celebrated Annually at the Firelight Festival, shown in 1st season episode ” Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers ” and 4th season episode “Nag Hammadi is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospels.”
Season 5, Episode 18, “To Die and Let Diorama.” A talking display built in the new Hollow Museum explains that a Puritan family first discovered the area while looking for a place to settle. They named it so because of “the stars, so bright, this forest, so hollow!”
The Revolutionary War
There was also a “battle” fought in Stars Hollow where 12 men stood and waited for the Redcoats who never came. This battle is re-enacted annually, shown in first season episode “Love and War and Snow” and in 5th season episode “Women of Questionable Morals.” This second occurrence marked the beginning of the addition of the town prostitute, who slept with the British general to delay the troops.
On the town square’s gazebo is the town’s Liberty Bell sign, which reads:
|“||The bell at Stars Hollow was cast in 1780 to celebrate the first anniversary of the town. The bell cracked the first time it was rung and weighed 2080 pounds . The strike of the bell is E-flat . On June 6, 1944 when Allied forces landed in France, the sound of the bell was broadcast to all parts of the country.||“|
According to the Hollow Historical Society, Third Street is among the town’s worst landmarks to take your children. In the 18th century, it was known as “Sores and Boils Alley,” where sick and suffering people throughout the region came to have sores and boils lanced. A small leper colony is said to have existed there as well. On modern day Third Street, one will find the newly restored Holiday Inn.
Throughout its history, Third Street also has various other names, aside from the aforementioned “Sores and Boils Alley,” including “Constabulary Road,” “Crusty Bulge,” and a Nipmuc Indian name, “Chargogagogmanchogagogcharbunagunggamog.” The Nipmuc Indian name is said to mean, “You fish on your side of the lake, I’ll fish on my side and no one will fish in the middle.” According to Kirk, it could also mean “Buffalo.”
The town square is located on the Warner Bros. Studio back lot. It is just around the corner from the exterior for the hospital from ER . 
The town square and gazebo can be seen during the robbery scene of the Seinfeld series final in 1998.
Many of the sets for Stars Hollow Were aussi used in The Music Man , The Dukes of Hazzard , and The Waltons .  The Dragonfly Inn was the Waltons’ home. Hazzard County Courthouse.
The set was used by Warner Bros. For Supernatural , Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles , Pushing Daisies , Eastwick , and was also the setting for the town square in 2007’s Norbit .
It was also used for the drama Ghost Whisperer after a fire at the Universal Studios backlot ( Courthouse Square ) in June 2008.
It was also Walter and Gary’s Hometown Smalltown in the 2011 movie The Muppets
Unionville, Ontario ‘s Main Street was used as a stand-in for Stars Hollow in the show.
Since 2010, the Gilmore Girls is used for the ABC Family Show Pretty Little Liars . Luke’s Diner is now used as Rosewood Cafe. Hart of Dixie ‘ s fictional Bluebell aussi uses the square. The Hollow High School is used as Rosewood High School.
It was also used in the 2012 TV series Go On season 1 episode 6 ‘Big League Chew’ in a dream-like sequence of the character Ryan King.
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Stars in Hollywood, Connecticut, Connecticut, Connecticut, Connecticut, Connecticut, Connecticut, United States. Sherman-Palladino later said, “Now, I’ve never been there in winter, when you’re snowing in and you can not go anywhere, and you and your husband want to kill each other Movie but I was there, it was beautiful, it was magical, and it was a feeling of warmth and small-town camaraderie. That I would really love to put out there. ” 
In the liner notes for the show’s soundtrack, Music from Gilmore Girls , a postcard featuring Lane from South Korea is pictured, and is addressed to Rory’s home address of 37 Maple Street in Stars Hollow. The town’s ZIP code is shown as 06492, the same as Wallingford . It does not have a Maple Street, but they do have a Maple Avenue.
Washington Depot, and Kent, the villages Amy Sherman-Palladino as inspiring Stars Hollow, also use a town meeting -style government. Washington Depot was founded in 1779, while Kent was founded in 1739. The homes and buildings in these villages all match the style of that in Holland and the archetype New England town. In all, plenty of small Connecticut towns have village greens, gazebos or small quaint shops and give a feel much like Stars Hollow to a visitor.
Rory began attending Chilton at the start of the series. Chilton is a prep school That Seems To be Located in Hartford (in season 2, episode 5 Lane mentions a record store called Expired Record Breaker, Inc. is 2453 Berlin Turnpike , “ten minutes from your school”, qui narrows it down to Newington CT). It is based on Wallingford’s Choate Rosemary Hall . Stars Hollow is on a Connecticut Transit route, as Rory commutes to and from the school using a bus from Stars Hollow’s town square. However, there is no Connecticut Transit route that would take Rory directly to Hartford in a reasonable time via bus.
Greg Morago of the Hartford Current writes, “Unlike the Hartford depicted on Judging Amy , the Hollow of the Gilmore Girls rings true.” The town’s antique shops, small businesses, schools, government and infrastructure look the part. Truly excelled, despite her Clueless origins, is in her drawing of colorful Connecticut characters. The populace of Stars Hollow, from the town busybody to the town troubadour, is familiar to any Nutmegger who ever attended a town meeting. 
During Season 1 Episode 2, when Rory is on her way to her first day at school they drive past the Gelston House , (located in East Haddam , CT) next to the Goodspeed Opera House and East Haddam Swing Bridge .
In Season 6, Richard and Emily offered to buy Luke and Lorelai a house in Beacon Falls, just over the border from Holland and a short drive to Luke’s Diner and the Dragonfly Inn. In the same season, Luke’s young daughter April regularly rides her bicycle to Luke’s Diner from Woodbridge. During Season 7 when Lorelei’s jeep breaks down they are being within feasible walking distance of Naugatuck; Later on, Luke takes Lorelai to Watertown . Taylor Doose, Woodbridge, Tennessee, United States of America. This position between Beacon Falls, Naugatuck, and Woodbridge would place it in the southwestern portion of the town of Bethany,
- Jump up^ Season 2, episode 5.
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- Jump up^ Ken Beck. “Stars Hollow Exists Only in Hollywood”. The Tennessean . 3 September 2006.
- Jump up^ Scott Pierce. “Visit to tiny towns led to show idea”. The Deseret News . 22 February 2001.
- Jump up^ Greg Morago. “The Search for Stars Hollow”. The Hartford Courant . 19 September 2002.