Twenty Six years ago today, I married the love of my life and my best friend.
We decided to celebrate the day by exploring Mayberry After all, we were already here, so why not?
Main St. in Mount Airy/Mayberry is set up to loosely resemble Mayberry in the days of “The Andy Griffith Show”.
We parked in the free municipal parking lot and started walking the street. This building had a mural painted on the entire side.
Floyd’s Barber Shop.
Snappy Lunch, the oldest eating establishment in Mount Airy. Andy Griffith ate here as a boy growing up in Mount Airy. The school children all ate lunch here as the school had no cafeteria. It was mentioned on the Andy Griffith Show and claims to be world famous for it’s pork chop sandwich.
Blue Bird Diner
Opie’s Candy Store
This shop had a wonderful selection of bulk, old time candy. Unfortunately, it was 93° outside so we were afraid any purchases would melt before we got home.
Of course, that didn’t stop us from having a nice cold ice cream cone! We weren’t too afraid of that melting
We ran into Sheriff Taylor and his squad car further down the street.
Next up, the old jail house.
This was actually the old Mount Airy Municipal Building housing city offices and the Mount Airy Police Dept. When they moved to their new building, this area was changed into a re-creation of the old courthouse from the show. I didn’t think it resembled it much at all There were several cells, all small and containing 4 bunks, 1 chair and a commode.
Wonder what this fellow is in for??? He looked a little cramped in there and he was the only prisoner. Otis had much more luxurious surroundings.
Andy’s desk with other memorabilia from the show.
The entire town is devoted to Andy Griffith and his TV show.
Andy, however, is not the only famous Mount Airy resident. Country singer Donna Fargo is also from here and Betty Lynn, the actress who portrayed Thelma Lou, moved to Mount Airy from Hollywood several years ago. It is said she still lives there.
All in all, it was a cute, nostalgic afternoon. It’s set up to attract tourists and it succeeds in that. We saw very few locals while on Main St. (We later found them all at Walmart!) It was fun and I’m glad we did it, but I doubt we’d do it again.
We finished off the day with an anniversary dinner at Chili’s. We tried one of their $20 specials where you get an appetizer to share and 2 entrees. It was very good and there was way too much food!
We certainly didn’t leave hungry
Tomorrow we plan to meet up with new friends and see what else we can get into. Until then, thanks for stopping by.