killed Matt Caldwell, and with a police search team looking for the
missing Matt, Dexter is looking for a place to dispose of the body.
He learns of the old iron
mine, and treks through the snow to that location, where he finds a
tunnel-like entrance to a rocky cave.
He goes inside to check it
out, but he is almost immediately confronted with an angry bear, who
obviously doesn't appreciate having intruders in his cave.
Dexter scrambles back outside to escape
In Episode 6, Angela gets
suspicious of Kurt and goes to check out the cave. Uncovering a
hidden part of the cave, she discovers the body of her childhood friend,
Iris, who had been missing for years.
in Episode 7, she calls
Dexter to the caves to have him analyze the scene. He discovers DNA
evidence linking Kurt to the dead girl.and it is
What is it actually in Isreal life?
A. It actually Is an old mine, but far from New York.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. In the real world, this is actually an old lead mine, called Tantiusques (“tan-te-us-quays”), located in a densely-forested area at 493 Leadmine Road, in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
That's almost 60 miles west/southwest of Boston, And about 50 miles southeast of Shelburne Falls (where most of the key Iron Lake locations were filmed).
it's also about 40 miles southeast of Lake Wampanoag, where they filmed Dexter's cabin and the surrounding woods.
The mine entrance is on the west side of the
road, about 500 feet west of (and across the street from) Leadmine Pond,
and Google puts its marker about 60 feet west of the road, with if GPS
coordinates of approximately 42°03'32.0"N 72°07'44.8"W .
As I understand it, this mine was first used by
Native Americans ( the Nipmucs ), who used graphite found their to make
paints. When Europeans arrived on Massachusetts' shores, they also
found uses for the graphite in the mine to produce crucibles for foundaries, and wood pencils.
The mine was bought by the first governor of
Massachusetts, who hoped to mine iron and lead, but apparently that
mine only produced graphite.
And here is a photo of the same my entrance, only in the snow:
It appears that until recently, the cave could be
entered by the public, but current photos show the entrance is now
From the photos I've seen of the mine entrance, it
is just a tunnel opening in the natural rock, without the wooden timbers
that we see on the show. My guess is that because it is supposed to be a
mine, and not just a cave, the producers decided that adding
the timbers would make it look more like the traditional mine entrance
that we are used to seeing an Old Westerns.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
I monitored the local Massachusetts newspapers for word of Dexter filming, and The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported back in early February, before the shoot even started, that Dexter was
going to be filming in the area soon. When I did little research
into the Tantiusques, the first thing I found were picturesque photos of the cave
entrance, and my hunch was that they would probably use that on the show
as a filming location. So, I kept an eye out for a mine tunnel or cave
to show up on the show, and I only had to wait until the third episode,
before it made an appearance – complete with a bear.