In the finale of the second season, we see Rick, Lori, Carl, Daryl, Carol, T-Dog, Glenn, Maggie, Beth, and Hershel rendezvous at the highway pileup location where Sophia went missing earlier in the season. They then depart this location and after about an hour of travel, Rick’s vehicle runs out of gas and the farm survivors are forced to spend the night on the side of the road near a waterfall and lake.
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This site is located on Elders Mill Road in Senoia, GA. These scenes were filmed back in November and were some of the final shots, if not the final shots, filmed for the season. The stone structures you saw in the show, and in the images below, are actually the foundation remnants of a mill which was located here in the early 1900s. The mill was one of several grist mills which dot the Georgia countryside.
If anyone out there has more information about Elder’s Mill, especially any historical photos of the structure as it may have once been, please post in the comments below or email us. We would love to help put out more information about this beautiful location.
I’d really like to thank two of our fellow fans and local residents who were able to get out to this location during daylight hours, get a few photos, and allow us to share them with all of you Walking Dead fans. Thank you to Leslie Barker and Daniel Lewis for taking time to get these and send them our way. As always, if anyone has any photos of other shooting locations that you’d like to share, we’d love to see them and would be happy to pass them along.
(For those who have asked, both via email and Twitter, no, there is no prison or structure anywhere near that large on the other side of the lake. That was added via CGI.)
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Update (site history/information):
Any time we receive more historical information about a shooting location, we try to pass it along for anyone else who may be interested. We received an email about the Elder’s Mill location from Bill Grabbe whose family once owned the mill. Thanks to Bill we can now give more history behind the site. Here is the information he passed along:
I have a ton of family in Coweta County, including my great grandfather Sterling Elder, the last family owner of Elder’s Mill. His family came over to Coweta County from Clarke County (Athens) as a result of the 1827 land lottery. There was also an Elder’s Mill in Clarke or Oconee County (there is still a historic covered bridge named after the mill). Howell Elder and his wife Rebecca lived on Skinner’s Creek. He had two sons, William Howell (my g-g-grandfather) and Sterling, and one daughter, Rebecca Jane. The property contained two cemeteries: one for the family (and the Lynch family) and one for the slaves (Latitude: 33.295, Longitude: -84.6303). When Howell died, the land was split between the two sons, with the cemetery apparently being included in the “Uncle Sterling” portion. William Howell had “Great Grandfather Sterling” by his first wife Esther Amanda Russell, and three daughters by his second wife, Elizabeth Smith. A portion of the land was sold to pay cash bequests to the daughter, with the remaining 400 acres going to my g-grandfather Sterling Elder. Sterling moved to Atlanta and ran the mill as an absentee owner. In 1918, he was negotiating the purchase of a mill in Dekalb County (there were no interestates at the time), so he may have been considering moving the entire operation to reduce his travel obligations, but the purchase did not take place. Sterling died in 1957 and by then or shortly after, the mill was sold to be used to support his wife, Madge Couch Elder.