by Erin Napier
As our mornings in Wakulla Springs always go, we had griddle cakes:
Then Ben faces his greatest fear by jumping from the diving tower into the springs:
Then we said goodbye until next year and took two lanes headed north bound for Senoia, Georgia. We passed through a cute town with a square and a deli and stopped for lunch there, in Bainbridge.
And after many many miles of rural driving, we finally made it to Senoia around 5 pm. And y’all.
So I knew this is the town where they film The Walking Dead. But I didn’t realize that they ARE filming it right now. Like, as we speak, Andrew Lincoln is somewhere close enough to me that I could holler and he’d maybe hear it. How did we discover this fact? Well, I’ve wanted to see Hershel’s farmhouse so I did some detective Googling and found the location of it. So when we got into town, that’s where we went first. Except we didn’t make it to Hershel’s house because we were stopped by the film production and security who were baffled that we had driven right in. Uhhh… I don’t know why everyone else in the world hasn’t already. The show has taken over basically all of Chestlehurst Road in Senoia for anyone interested in slipping right in like we did. There, we saw yards and yards of tarp covering where filming was happening and the ragged out Hyundai they’ve been driving since Shane died.
And at the dead end of this road is the HUGE film studio where (apparently) the crew parks their cars. They freaked out at the guard shack when we pulled up here. They wouldn’t even let us turn around in the lot, we had to back up and leave.
We quickly learned that anywhere you see these red and white signs that say “NO TRESPASSING OR LOITERING, PRIVATE PROPERTY” you’re around the filming areas. And signs of it are everywhere, all over the town. The bulk of the show is set on Main Street of Senoia, which is actually supposed to be a town called “Woodbury.” They keep the walkers out of Woodbury by making a wall at the end of town from a schoolbus and tractor tires among other scrap wood and metal. Well all of that stuff, along with the Governor’s truck, are just sitting behind a fence right at the entrance to town, ready to be thrown back together as the town filmset.
Where our totally awesome and adorable innkeeper, Mrs. Laura, shared with us that ours is the room that Laurie Holden, the actress who played Andrea on the show, rented during production while she was on the show. Starstruck.
I had the most incredible little sandwich. Sweet barbecue chicken with pimiento and cheese melted between two hot, buttery cornbread cakes. Yes. Yes.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!