A recent assignment for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found me visiting Senoia, Ga., a tiny burg about 45 minutes south of Atlanta. Since becoming a location for “The Walking Dead,” the place has been experiencing an ongoing boom. And like the zombie epidemic, it shows no signs of slowing.
Check out my AJC article here, which takes readers along for The Touring Dead, a walking tour of “The Walking Dead’s” location spots in Senoia. I also list some highlights found along Senoia’s main drag.
The Touring Dead, put on by the folks at Georgia Mercantile Company, guides visitors on a more than two-hour, two-mile trek around town. Along the way, Christina Tracy, our super sassy and quick-witted leader, dropped oodles of trivia about each of our stops. Here are a few of my faves.
The Touring Dead jaunt typically begins here, the exact spot where Sheriff Rick and Darryl first entered Woodbury. Christina even carried a spiral-bound book of pics to prove it. Stand near the gazebo for an epic view of Main Street, which doubles on film as downtown Woodbury.
Senoia Coffee & Cafe
This casa de joe served as the Woodbury Coffee House during Season Three. A plaque commemorating the shoot can be found just outside the front door. Once inside, look at the large brick wall that spans the left side of the place, and you’ll see the actual screen-used Woodbury Coffee House sign. The cafe got to keep it as part of its deal with the production company.
The Governor’s Driving Range
Christina took us to the exact stretch of street just off of Main Street where the Governor teed up for a little zombie golf. It looks just like it did on the tube, minus the walkers.
The Pudding House
While cruising down Pylant Street, we got an eyeful of the national-style house now known as “the pudding house.” It's the place where Carl scored a mess of pudding and went on a rooftop eating binge.
The Tracks to Terminus
We set foot on the exact railroad tracks our fearless protagonists did when they hiked toward the cannibal crazy town of Terminus. Good thing Senoia has plenty of restaurants sprinkled along Main Street.
Alexandria actually sits steps away from downtown Woodbury. This real-life neighborhood is surrounded by a sheet metal fence that keeps zombies at bay. The residents actually had to agree to a clause that would allow filming on their property. Today they live in a post-apocalyptic gated community.
For more info on The Touring Dead, visit the Georgie Mercantile Company.