'Walking Dead' sites part of free tour
by CELIA SHORTT
Grantville Mayor Jim Sells is looking at tourism as a possible way to increase revenue for the south Coweta city.
In March, the AMC show “The Walking Dead” aired its episode titled “Clear,” which was filmed entirely in Grantville. The locations included in the episode were Sells’ home and the historic freight depot.
Sells’ apartment was made into the home of Morgan, one of the characters on the show. The freight depot was transformed into the King County Cafe. Throughout the episode, viewers could also see some of the unique buildings located in Grantville, including the roofless ruins of the city’s former cotton mill. Since that episode aired, tourists from other states and even other countries have traveled to Grantville to see sites featured in the “Clear” episode.
In response, Sells, has been offering free tours for those traveling to Grantville to see the locations from the show.
“Each night, Wednesday through Sunday, there is a free tour of ‘The Walking Dead’ scenes filmed in Grantville,” said Sells. “We cover the street scenes and end up at Morgan’s apartment. A lot of behind-the- scenes info is presented.”
Less than three weeks after he started the tours, the guest book already included 21 people from out of state, including four foreign countries.
According to Sells, the tours and the people they are bringing into Grantville have already attracted two new businesses and created other jobs in the city.
“My hope is the tourists and the attention helps attract business and revenue to the city,” he said.