6 things you can do in the 'real-life' Mayberry

There is the show-version of Mayberry, the Mayberry in Virginia and Mount Airy... the 'real-life' Mayberry! Here's what you can do there!

If you're a fan of The Andy Griffith Show, there's a solid chance you have wanted to visit Mayberry at one point or another. If you're still interested in seeing Mayberry, there's a couple of different ways you can plan a trip!

The fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina has some strong ties to the hometown of Andy Griffith, Mount Airy, North Carolina. 

Just a short drive away from the star's hometown is the real Mayberry, across the state line in Virginia! It's where you'll find Mayberry Church Road and the Mayberry Trading post, which Griffith's grandparents have ties to! 

The Andy Griffith Show has plenty of roots in the state of North Carolina, for plenty of reasons. About an hour and a half southeast of Mount Airy is Siler City, where Aunt Bee actor Frances Bavier decided to retire!

Though the name of Griffith's hometown is Mount Airy, the city prides itself on being the "real-life Mayberry!" Aside from the annual Mayberry Days Festival, which is taking place right now until Sept. 25th, Mount Airy has plenty of year-round Andy Griffith Show attractions too!

Here are six things you can do in Mount Airy, Andy Griffith's hometown and the "real-life Mayberry."

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1. Go on a squad car tour

When visiting Mount Airy, nothing will make you feel like you're in Mayberry more than a trip through town in a squad car! These replica cars tour the charming town for up to 45 minutes, passing up all the Mayberry sights you'd want to see! More about these below!

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2. Stay at the Mayberry Motor Inn

Perhaps the squad car can drop you off at the Mayberry Motor Inn. With a stay here, you can check out Aunt Bee's room! Frances Bavier has a room dedicated to her at this motel! Per visitmayberry.com, certificates of authenticity exist for more than 30 of Bavier's belongings from gloves to glasses.

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3. Check out Andy's childhood home

Operated by the Hampton Inn of Mount Airy is Andy Griffith's childhood home! Andy's Homeplace is a bed and breakfast that's just a short walk from downtown Mount Airy. The house is filled with antiques and is wrapped in '30s and '40s decor. 

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4. Get a cut at Floyd's City Barber Shop

This '50s-style barber shop sits right on Main Street in Mount Airy. According to visitmayberry.com, "the shop is both a fully-functioning barber shop and tourist draw. Stop by and meet Bill, son of original owner Russell Hiatt." Hiatt was the real-life Floyd the Barber, in the "real-life" Mayberry, cutting hair until he was 90 years old! Over seven decades of cutting hair, Hiatt amassed "more than 30,000 photographs" on is Wall of Fame! 

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5. Grab a pork chop sandwich at Snappy Lunch

Yes, this is the same Snappy Lunch referenced in the season one episode of The Andy Griffith Show titled "Andy the Matchmaker." Griffith suggests he and Barney head to the Snappy Lunch for a bite to eat, perhaps because he frequented the joint as a child! The spot is known for its pork chop sandwich, a "boneless, tenderized loin chop dipped in sweet-mile batter and fried until golden crisp," says visitmayberry.com! No trip to Mount Airy would be complete without a stop at Snappy Lunch!

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6. Walk through the Andy Griffith Museum

The Andy Griffith Show and all of its history can be seen on display at the Andy Griffith Museum! Just a half-mile from Andy's childhood home, you can see hundreds and hundreds of items collected by Andy's childhood friend Emmett Forrest. Various items from Don Knotts and Betty Lynn can be seen at the museum, along with the iconic signs from the courthouse that read "Sheriff" and "Justice of the Peace." 

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SEE MORE: Go inside Mike Haviland's magnificent Mayberry collection!

Mike Haviland is the man of Mayberry with his impressive collection of The Andy Griffith Show memorabilia. He and his collection were featured on season three of Collector's Call


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bagandwallyfan52 1 day ago
The Mystery Girlfriend of MOOSE
(Barry Greenberg) was played by
Carey Williams.
bagandwallyfan52 1 day ago
Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard)tries to get Marilee
(Carol Williams) a date with
Fonzie's new friend Sticks Downey Jr (John Anthony Bailey).
Kathy O'Dare played Lois and she played Mary Lou Mulligan on the Happy Days episode called All The Way (Episode one season
One .)
Pacificsun 1 day ago
I think this story [[ https://www.mtairynews.com/news/114009/mayberry-days-opens ]] should replace the negativity in some of the comments below. To the point about "Six things you can do in the "real Mayberry."

IMO the "real Mayberry" lies in the hearts and fandom of the people described in the "Mayberry Days" article. Exactly about making friends, and even spousal connections! Getting ready for the festival and welcoming new and old visitors.

I'm not an ultra-fan of this particular series, but the article is a good representation of what in can be with people of similar interest MeTV Writers should repost their article on Betty Lynn to remind Readers how much she meant to fans And to them, was just as important as a Mary Tyler Moore or Betty White.
AgingDisgracefully 2 days ago
Me? I'd dig deep for my Inner Jack Webb, then initiate as many, "Citizen's Arrest! Citizen's Arrest!" incidents as time allowed.
But that's just me.
bagandwallyfan52 3 days ago
If Dawn Wells (Mary Ann Summers on Gilligan's Island) had played Ellie Walker instead of Elinor Donahue I think that the character of Ellie Walker would have stayed on TAGS the ENTIRE 8 seasons. Dawn Wells playing Ellie Walker would have been an excellent love interest for Andy
Taylor. I wish that actors Roy Stuart Cpl Boyle on GOMER Pyle USMC and
Russell Johnson Professor Roy Hinkley Skip Young Wally Plumstead on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Alvy Moore Hank Kimball on
Green Acres Elizabeth Lou Ann Poovie and Frank Nelson from The Jack
Benny Show would all have fit in just fine because all of those TV characters were friendly people.
Peter_Falk_Fan 4 days ago
That pork chop sandwich sure sounds tasty. Maybe I should check it out next time I visit my kin in Winston-Salem. We usually bypass Mount Airy via the Interstates.
Dwight Peter_Falk_Fan 23 hours ago
If you’re coming South on I-77 out of Virginia, just take the exit to Mount Airy (a left side exit, so keep your eye out for it.) Unless you take the squad car tour, or visit the boyhood hone, you can easily do Mount Airy in a couple of hours. Then hop back on I-74. You can go over to State Highway 52, which will take you straight into Winston-Salem, or go down State Highway 61 until you get to State Highway 421, take a left onto it, and you go straight into Winston-Salem that way.
Michael Dwight 6 hours ago
If you go there, do you go back to your car and find a "I Visited Mayberry" bumoer sticker on it?
Dwight 4 days ago
I was in Mount Airy about 2 years ago. Because of Covid restrictions at the time, there were long waits to get into places to eat. Nice little town. Some interesting places that did not try to capitalize on the Mayberry theme as well.

One interesting note. The Snappy Lunch and Floyd’s Barbershop are right next door to each other.

bagandwallyfan52 4 days ago
Real McCoys as JUANITA??
Lydia Reed is 20 years younger than Don Knotts and was only 16 when TAGS began. Uhhh! - NO.
I actually liked this as a kid and I have no idea why!! By the way, that is not the original Theme song.
ncadams27 4 days ago
Was the Snappy Lunch where Juanita worked? Would have liked to see this place as one of the hangouts like Floyd’s Barber Shop.

If you were doing the show then (1960-68), who would you have cast as Juanita and who else would be there (e.g., the owner or a cook)?
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JHP ncadams27 4 days ago
ya know mayberry with all horn honking when andy and barn would be outside the courthouse they don't have a traffic light - barely a stop sign that barn wants not to fix w/o the work order
I'd like to know how many bus stations mayberry had also
Josie Lloyd as JUANITA and
ED PECK as the owner of The
Bluebird Diner!!
Persons might be saying to
themselves:Who the heck is
Ed Peck?Josie Lloyd played
Two Different episodes and she
also played one of Mayor Pikes
Daughters on season one of
The Andy Griffith Show.
How about Sorrell Booke
(Boss Hogg on Dukes of Hazzard) as Mayor Pike on
The Andy Griffith Show??
You really want Officer Kirk (Happy Days) running a business in Mayberry? Or anywhere?
bagandwallyfan52 5 days ago
TV characters like Mary Ann Summers
Corporal Boyle Bag Zombroski
Professor Roy Hinkley Wally Plumstead Professor Pepperwinkle
And The 3 Stooges Eddie Cantor and
Joe Penner and Pee Wee Herman
Would ALL have Fit In with the
Friendly Residents of both
Mayberry and Hooterville because the
TV persons that I mentioned were all
Easy Going and friendly and cool
Calm and collected persons.
Moose and Chuck Cunningham
From Happy Days would also
have been Ideal Residents of either Hooterville or Mayberry.
The Three Stooges ran a restaurant in one of their shorts. They could run the Snappy Diner.

MOE: Hi sheriff. What’ll you have?
ANDY: I’d like the special - filet of sole.
MOE (to CURLY in the kitchen): One filet of sole!
CURLY (cutting of the bottom of a shoe): One filet of sole - coming up!
LARRY (at the cash register, looking at Barney’s tie for stains): Soup, spaghetti with meatballs, and custard pie.
I LOVED the Pie 🥧 Throwing
On The 3 Stooges with Moe Howard Larry Fine Curly Howard
Shemp Howard &Joe Besser
bagandwallyfan52 5 days ago
Andy tells Opie the story of
Romeo and Juliet which was
Written by William Shakespeare.
JERRY6 5 days ago
I stopped in Mt Airy in the late 80's i thought this is mayberry , had a great lunch and supper there . people were very friendly . Would like to drop in again now that it is known as Mayberry with all the history of the show on display
LoveMETV22 5 days ago
They should have included the video clip of Mt Airy for some oomph. It's within one of the links with a bit of digging. But here it is for anyone who's interested:
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JHP LoveMETV22 4 days ago
that's why the supreme being made caffeine - those kind of shows let viewers know how old they look too
LoveMETV22 JHP 4 days ago
And hopefully lets the production companies (not all of them) know, sometimes you just can't remake an original.
JHP LoveMETV22 4 days ago
bingo! - it's all about the die-hard fans and the ad denario
File: JMO
Index: who cares

The number of failed reboots, reunion situations, spinoffs ends up diluting the original. Meaning RFD (for example) went so far off course with Ken Berry, was like, what's the point. And it's because the original characters become so real, that the subsequent actors are like trying to substitute a person's famous Uncle Bill at a wedding, with some guy off the street who looks like him.

Family is family, even if it's in the mind of our imagination.

p.s. I've only seen one reunion made for TV work, and even then the fans who I call purists did not approve. But, it was better than nothing. And made its own point anyway 😉
bagandwallyfan52 5 days ago
Ellie's Theme from The Andy Griffith Show is a beautiful instrumental.
I believe certain music played when Howard Sprague Aunt Bee
Taylor and Peggy McMillan first showed up in a TAGS episode.
I wish that Peggy McMillan played by Joanna Moore had become Andy's permanent
girlfriend instead of appearing
In 4 Episodes ONLY!!
bagandwallyfan52 5 days ago
Rafe Hollister & Andy Taylor.
Andy sings Dig My Grave With A
Silver Spade .
Runeshaper 5 days ago
I want to visit Mount Airy AKA the real-life Mayberry and attend the Mayberry Days Festival!
I hope you can one day it's such a fun event but going any time of the year is just as amazing!
bagandwallyfan52 6 days ago
In addition to Mount Airy NC
Clifton Forge VA is a wonderful town in Virginia to live in with friendly residents and High Point North Carolina and Oak Hill West Virginia and Chapel Hill North Carolina are
Wonderful towns and cities to
live in in the United States.
bagandwallyfan52 6 days ago
I wish that all towns were like
Mayberry and Hooterville.
Andybandit 6 days ago
That is so cool. How the 2 places are the same, and you can pretty much do the same things there.
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