How cool would it be to tour the hometown of Andy Griffith? I never would have dreamed that I’d finally have that opportunity this year. My brother, sister, and I are fans of the show so this was an exciting opportunity. It was in 1990 that the town started to recreate Mayberry the main street fictional setting from the “Andy Griffith Show.” The show ran from 1960 – 1968 and became one of the most popular TV shows in America. My brother and sister especially loved to watch the reruns that are still played to this day.
During our trip, we had a spectacular view of Pilot Mountain.
We made it!
Tour of the Town
If you have a sweet tooth, Opie’s Candy Store is the place to visit.
You can tour the town in an old vintage sheriff car.
The town was full of memorabilia from the show.
A view of the town from the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. A reflection of my arm got in the picture too.
The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History did a great job of retelling the history of Mount Airy and the near by areas.
One of my favorite pieces was this large loom.
A replica of the train that went through Mount Airy.
The Andy Griffith Museum is another place to visit. We happened to be there on the 3rd Friday of the month when Betty Lynn who played Thelma Lou in the “Andy Griffith Show” was there signing autographs. Unfortunately the line was so long that we couldn’t tour the museum.
When lunch came around, my family went to Barney’s Cafe to eat. The hamburgers were really good. The service was very fast and we were all satisfied with the meals.
People from around the world come to Mount Airy. There were even people from Australia, Germany, Europe, and South Korea that had come to eat at Barney’s Cafe. It was exciting to have this experience. I strongly recommend going to Mount Airy as a family trip.
Article I found helpful during research: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/22/us/in-north-carolina-inspiring-mayberry-and-then-becoming-it.html
Just for laughs…