Small Town We Love: Senoia, Georgia

A main street town that's straight from central casting. 

Story by Rachael Maddux

Population: 3,589

Why We’d Move There
Incorporated in 1866 as a railroad town, Senoia is so picture-perfect, Hollywood couldn’t design it better. Between the classic storefronts and the rolling hills of the surrounding farmland, the town has become a hot spot for movie and TV crews looking for real-deal Southern charm. Fried Green Tomatoes, Driving Miss Daisy, and Footloose were all filmed here. But Senoia’s latest role is decidedly creepier: The town plays the part of Woodbury, a haven for escapees from zombie-infested Atlanta in The Walking Dead. The real townspeople have taken it in stride, granting requests to leave front yards wild during filming.

The Community
Senoia’s second life as a Hollywood set has brought with it a small boom, with the population more than tripling over the past two decades. But the new residents have brought with them a passion for keeping their community feeling small and connected. Downtown, new local shops and eateries, such as Senoia Cycle Works (senoiacycleworks.com) and Redneck Gourmet (redneckgourmet.com), sit alongside Hollberg’s Fine Furniture (hollbergs.com), which opened back in 1894.

The Perfect Day
After a night at the The Veranda Historic Bed & Breakfast Inn (verandabandbinn.com), a Greek Revival mansion-turned-B&B, spend the day strolling through downtown, popping in for modern farmhouse wares at Beyond the Door (beyondthedoorsenoia.com), old-timey treasures at Ms. Wendy’s Antiques (mswendysantiques.blogspot.com), and a treat from Oh! Chocolate (770/599-0057) or Senoia Coffee & Cafe (senoiacoffeeandcafe.com). End the day with dinner, drinks, and live music at Southern Ground Social Club (southerngroundsocialclub.com), Zac Brown’s restaurant and bar. 

Local To Know
You’ll find Carrie Cottrill, a superfan’s superfan, behind the counter at The Woodbury Shoppe (woodburyshoppe.com), Senoia’s official Walking Dead store, ringing up zombie-fied T-shirts, posters, key chains, drink cozies, and more for throngs of starstruck “Dead Heads.”

Don’t Miss
Be sure to eat fried green tomatoes in the town that that movie put on the map. Redneck Gourmet and Katie Lou’s Cafe (katielouscafe.com) both feature their own takes. Down the block at Southern Ground, they serve up fried green tomatoes, BLT style, with sweet peach aïoli.