ByRebecca Raymer, writer at Creators.co
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AWAY WITH YOU
AWAY WITH YOU

The third season of The Walking Dead's "Clear" episode is filmed almost entirely in Grantville, Georgia. Grantville is about 50 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta, and about 20 miles southwest of Senoia (where Alexandria and Woodbury were filmed).

Fun fact: a couple of months ago, several media outlets reported that the town of Grantville was for sale for $680,000. City Hall got a number of calls from interested parties who were disappointed to find out only nine of the downtown buildings are for sale, not the entire town.

Most of the tourism into Grantville revolves around The Walking Dead, particularly people interested in seeing where the "Clear" episode was filmed. Main Street is the block where Morgan set up zombie booby-traps all over the place.

Main Street, Grantville.
Main Street, Grantville.

At the end of the road in the above photo, a house known as Bonnie Castle sits haunting it's inhabitants. This house is the only thing I remember of my previous visit to Grantville a few years ago. It is really quite a striking piece of architecture. It was once used as a Bed & Breakfast, but the current availability of getting a room in Bonnie Castle is unclear.

The haunted Bonnie Castle
The haunted Bonnie Castle

The building that houses Grantville Pharmacy is where Morgan's apartment was set.

Grantville Pharmacy and Morgan's Apartment
Grantville Pharmacy and Morgan's Apartment

My companion and I would have taken the official tour of Morgan's apartment, but it cost $10, and we'd already spent our cash on an autographed picture of Ben Bladon, professional zombie.

Ben Bladon, Professional Zombie
Ben Bladon, Professional Zombie

Ben and about five women (two of whom were also named Rebecca) were out on the sidewalk by the "AWAY WITH YOU" wall. They were hosting a zombie party, and were really nice, and gave us a lot of information about the town and the show locations.

Ben and the other Rebeccas.
Ben and the other Rebeccas.

One of the women was holding a baby sugar glider - it was absolutely fascinating. Sugar gliders are kind of like tiny opossums with flying squirrel wings.

Baby sugar glider.
Baby sugar glider.

Sugar gliders are legal pets in Georgia, but are considered exotic, and a lot of research should be done before getting one of your own.

Across the street from Morgan's apartment was a cool zombie sign, and a group of kids hanging out.

Zombie
Zombie

The kids lived in Grantville, and were very polite and helpful about information regarding the show and shooting locations. When I asked to take a photo of them, one of them put both middle fingers up and said, "This is Grantville."

Nick Johnston & Co., "This is Grantville."
Nick Johnston & Co., "This is Grantville."

The other kids were appalled at "This is Grantville"'s rude behavior, but I explained to them that the middle finger was my family's official crest, and they all laughed.

One of the boys said I looked really familiar, and I mentioned that a lot of people think I look like Ginnifer Goodwin from the show Once Upon A Time. They all said, "oh, yeah," and "This is Grantville" said, "oh, yeah, that older lady." I glared at him, and he was embarrassed, and insisted he didn't think I looked like any older lady. I considered that I do have a kid their age, and forgave him.

In season four, Daryl and Beth hide out in what, on the show, appears to be a funeral home or mausoleum. It is actually a mansion on Magnolia street, and has quite a bit of Magnolia trees around it, none of which are pictured below.

Important information: when I asked the Grantville boys if I would get shot at if I took pictures of the mansion, one of them explained to me that no one is allowed to shoot anyone within the town limits, which I found comforting.

Magnolia Street Mansion
Magnolia Street Mansion

This house was the single representation of any sort of wealth we saw in Grantville. It is a small town that was already heading downhill before the recession nearly crippled it.

Small Town, America.
Small Town, America.

Across the railroad tracks from the zombie party is the building that Michonne helps Carl retrieve a photo from. It looks to have been both a train station and a cafe in the past.

Cafe with Carl's family portrait.
Cafe with Carl's family portrait.

Back on the other side of the tracks are the remnants of some old buildings, and they looked beautiful in the setting sun. The second door from the left was the King County Medical Office.

King Co. Medical Office; Sun setting in Grantville.
King Co. Medical Office; Sun setting in Grantville.

The reason I do so many articles covering The Walking Dead is because there are just SO MANY locations in Atlanta and the surrounding areas. The show rarely uses studio sites, for which I am grateful. Many of the locations used in the show are areas that have been hit with hard times, and having the association with the show has been pretty good for these local economies and neighborhoods. If you get an opportunity to visit Grantville, make sure you bring plenty of cash, so you can help out, too.

There are a number of different filming locations in Grantville that I haven't covered in this post, and I will likely head down there again some day to get photos and information about the rest.

I hope you enjoyed this Atlanta Proxifan post! Once again, much gratitude to WalkingDeadLocations.com, and to The Walking Dead Ultimate Fanatics.

Let me know if there are any Atlanta filming locations, or scenes from particular shows, that you would like me to cover, and I will do my best to get what I can for you.

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