To the editor:
Although we own a place just south of Hillsboro, my wife and I are currently living in a little town just south of Atlanta called Peachtree City, Ga. Since we didn’t have any family in the area, on Christmas Day my wife downloaded the “Walking Dead” tour app to her phone because as it turns out, the series is filmed in this area.
We spent a pleasant morning driving from site to site where the filming was done. We visited the town where “The Governor” ruled (Woodbury in the series, Senoia, Ga. in real life), visited the abandoned ESCO feed mill where Darrel was killed and many other filming locations. We didn’t make it to Grantville (it’s almost as far away as Wilmington is from Hillsboro)!
We did it primarily because our nieces are big fans and would get a kick out of seeing their uncle look goofy pretending to be a zombie in the places they could recognize from the show. It was close for us, just seven miles. When we arrived in Senoia there was another couple there taking pictures with their teenage son. They had driven up from Jacksonville, Fla. (almost a five-hour trip) as a Christmas present for him because he is such a big fan of the show.
Of course, everything was closed, but if anything had been open, they would have spent money. So what is my point? It’s this: for ambiance, Senoia (and Grantsville) have nothing on Hillsboro. The big difference is that most of the businesses downtown are occupied and they have a thriving tourism business.
In my opinion, the people of Hillsboro would be crazy not to jump at the chance to have a series filmed here. There are those who are claiming that the proposed series will cast a bad light on Hillsboro, that the residents will be cast as dumb hicks, it’ll be disruptive, etc.
I seriously doubt that is what they are looking for, but if the producers want to have someone from this area to play the part of a Gomer Pyle or a Mr. Haney, I’ll be happy to volunteer. And I’ll yuck it up all the way to the bank, just like the pretend rednecks on Duck Dynasty.