"Shooting did indeed begin on M. Night Shaymalan's "The Village" in a very remote location within Delaware County in Pennsylvania, which is about 30 minutes from Philadelphia proper - close to the border with Delaware. What I can tell you is that the village is made up of about 7 or 8 buildings that are made to look as if they were built in the early part of the 19th century. A good part of the filming that took place on Friday occured around a community supper amongst large brown tables outside of the schoolhouse and meeting house - scenes which included William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, and Adrien Brody. The action in the scene, which included about 100 other actors, is interrupted by a horribly disturbing noise coming from the surrounding woods.
Speaking of the woods, the village is in the center of acres of grassy and slightly hilly land. The perimiter of the land is surrounded by a thick forest, of which an eye is kept, for the protection of the village, by two large lookout towers at opposite ends of the property, and old-style lantern light poles with long, yellow flags line perimiter as well. In one spot lies a small cemetary on a hill near the border. The village is very cut off from others, making the fact that, in the 1800's, villages are far and few between and has troubles of its own, is believable. Try that idea NOW in 2003, where town properties overlap each other. You couldn't find this set if you wanted to, as it is very tucked away and the crew is carted in from a separate location".
Thanks again to Dark Horizons for the scoop!