Mount Airy, North Carolina/Home of Andy Griffith

Mount Airy: Andy's Home Town
Mount Airy: Andy's Home Town | Source

"I was baptized alongside my mother when I was 8 years old. Since then, I have tried to walk a Christian life. And now that I'm getting older, I realized that I'm walking even closer with my God."

Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith - What a guy he was! We love you Andy! RIP

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Widow destroyed home of Andy

The widow of actor Andy Griffith has demolished the house where he lived for many years on the North Carolina waterfront, ensuring that the site will never be used for an Andy Griffith museum, as the actor may have envisaged.

Cindi Griffith obtained a demolition permit for the Dare County home in March; the house was torn down in late May, according to county planning director Donna Creef. The house was on Roanoke Island, near Manteo, N.C. It’s one of two homes Griffith owned in the area. The second, larger home still stands. Griffith died in July, 2012. http://blog.aarp.org/2013/03/21/andy-griffiths-widow-to-raze-his-home/

The Darlings/Mount Airy gift shop

Photo of sketch in shop in Mount Airy
Photo of sketch in shop in Mount Airy | Source

Is Mayberry Mount Airy?


Maybe everyone doesn't know Andy Griffith who played Andy Taylor; the sheriff of Mayberry; but most in the US over 40 surely must. I know we southerners all do!

Even today the reruns are as popular as they ever were and no one tires of them.

It is a relaxing time to sit and watch Andy and Barney and laugh at the same scenes we know by heart.

So we may fall off to sleep after dinner watching it; it is so relaxing and because we know Andy is always there in Mayberry, all is well with the world.

We can never bring back the past; except with a show like this.

There was no Mayberry, North Carolina but it was based on Andy’s location of birth in Mount Airy; where he was born in 1926.

Some say he denied that but if he did I would guess it was for legal purposes for anyone seeing the show and knowing the town could not be surer of this.

Even today people hold on to that legacy in Mount Airy; to preserve it as long as is possible.

There are many left with Andy’s spirit and love of his hometown.

Will that ever die? Not until all memory of AKA, Andy Taylor dies. He will always live on in film; very real to many of us.

Today Mount Airy claims Mayberry and all it's memories.

You could say that the town of Mount Airy is all about Andy and I can’t help but think that pleased him…so much.

He is top dog now in a town where he must have felt many times in youth as underdog.

Rest in peace Andy; your friends will never forget you.

If you watched this show this was one of the best. Barney is taking everyone out to show off his car and the steering wheel knob is like a cobra and really scares Thelma Lou!
If you watched this show this was one of the best. Barney is taking everyone out to show off his car and the steering wheel knob is like a cobra and really scares Thelma Lou! | Source

Full Circle.

He did come home again.

Friend's of Andy's shocked

Many of Griffith's older friends met him while they worked in "The Lost Colony," an outdoor drama that tells the story of the 1587 colony on the North Carolina coast that mysteriously disappeared.

Ira David Wood III, who is the show's executive director this summer, first worked at "The Lost Colony" in 1968. He recalled going to Griffith's house and taking a pontoon boat to a sandbar where Griffith and his guests played volleyball for hours. "He hated to lose, and he did cheat," Wood said, laughing at the fond memory.

He said he was shocked to learn the house would be demolished. "I always assumed the property would be eventually preserved and opened to the public," Wood said, saying he thought it might be maintained like Elvis Presley's property Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. Just as Presley is buried at Graceland, Griffith is buried on the large piece of property he owned on the North Carolina coast. It was not immediately clear how far Griffith's grave is from his older house or the newer one. http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_acf6f448-91a4-11e2-8a31-001a4bcf6878.html

Andy's Museum

The Andy Griffith Museum provides a permanent place for the world’s largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia. Located next to the Andy Griffith Playhouse and a half-mile from Andy’s boyhood home, the museum houses items collected by childhood friend Emmett Forrest. The museum includes iconic signs from the show’s courthouse doors that read: “Sheriff” and “Justice of the Peace.” There are also mementos from Don Knotts who played Deputy Barney Fife, actress Betty Lynn who plated Thelma Lou and George Lindsey who played Goober. http://www.visitmayberry.com/category/attractions/

Otis's jail cell

I don't remember it being quite this comfy for Otis; do you?
I don't remember it being quite this comfy for Otis; do you? | Source

Andy was born in 1926 and raised thereafter in Mount Airy; then went right through high school and became interested in drama and the arts right there!

He was very poor and as in most cases of comedians; no doubt used comedy as a cover for not caring. Who can laugh at you when you laugh at yourself?

Andy went on to Chapel Hill in North Carolina to college with plans to be a Moravian preacher. I only learned that as of this writing which is quite interesting to me with my own interest and writings of the Moravian religion with the Anna Catharina archives the Moravians left us that I have written several articles on.

I hope to find more on that later as to why he chose the Moravian faith although it is the earliest Christian religion in America and in this near area to Mount Airy; I still would be curious to find out more. But alas; he chose show biz in the end anyway!

Andy Griffith; who died in 2012 at the age of 86; was not only beloved as Andy Taylor; sheriff of Mayberry but also for his long running series Matlock. As Ben Matlock he was quite loveable too. (Besides the many plays and films.)

My sister-in-law and many others like her would not watch him play another role wanting only to see him as the Mayberry sheriff.

I could not understand this until I had a bit of a shock myself. He also made several movies and was such a terrific actor.

One movie he did and I do not recall the title; he plays a dirty old man and I am sitting with my mouth hanging open in disgust!

Well I am over it now and realize that is just a terrific actor but I was not quite ready for that at that time! When I told my sister-in-law all she had to say was “See?!”

Andy the singer

Have you ever heard Andy sing? He was also a gospel singer who won a Grammy Award in 1997 for his album “I Love to Tell the Story” He sang on his Mayberry show and Matlock plus other of his performances; most notably "A Face in the Crowd".

Andy's bloodline

He was an only child and preceded in death by a son, Sam and has a daughter living, named Dixie. He only had these two children with one of his three wives.


Mayberry stars

Oops for the sun glare getting some of the shots.
Oops for the sun glare getting some of the shots. | Source

They Made Andy Proud

The town of Mount Airy

Wally's Truck at Mount Airy. I know it isn't real but it was such a thrill standing beside these treasures and pretending it all really was a true story!
Wally's Truck at Mount Airy. I know it isn't real but it was such a thrill standing beside these treasures and pretending it all really was a true story! | Source

"People started saying that Mayberry was based on Mount Airy. It sure sounds like it, doesn't it?" –Andy Griffith

Fans of The Andy Griffith Show can step back to a simpler time when they visit Mount Airy. Actor Andy Griffith grew up here, and it’s no coincidence that a stroll down Main Street in the "Friendly City" reminds people of the town of Mayberry on the endearing popular ‘60s hit TV series, The Andy Griffith Show. Fans of the show can visit Floyd’s City Barber Shop, the Old Mayberry Jail, Snappy Lunch, and even Andy’s childhood home. You’ll be sure to relish the generous spirit of The Andy Griffith Show that you encounter wherever you go. http://www.visitmayberry.com/category/attractions/mayberry/

As I visited Mount Airy and the part they called Mayberry, it was just so amazing how like the things of Mayberry they had it.


There was Otis Campbell's jail cell in Mayberry's jail house of course. There was the cooler that Otis hid his booze in and Barney later got drunk on!


The desk that Andy and Barney sat at for many series shots and even the file cabinet in the corner Barney often went through. (All replica's of course but it is real while you are looking.)


Many of my photos had modern day people in them but I could hardly ask people to move!


I loved the old Wally’s station with the ancient gas pumps but as many as six people would be sitting around them drinking a cool soda right out of those old machines on that hot day and so no Wally originals to take home!


I loved the big long coke machine that looked more like an old time deep freezer and the old tires and machinery to fix the cars. Pure trash to some folks but a happy memories for so many of us!


If you want more than to kick back and watch reruns for serenity and if you are looking for a physical Mayberry; then Mount Airy is your place. The only thing missing are the characters who have all passed but one; and who knows; maybe they too come to visit now and then.


Andy Samuel Griffith

Born June 1, 1926

Died July 3, 2012

More than memories to many

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Andy's Fall Festival!

October 10, 2014 - October 12, 2014

Autumn Leaves Festival

City: Mount Airy, NC
Produced by: Autumn Leaves Festival

The Autumn Leaves Festival showcases our rich musical heritage, such as Old-Time, Blue Grass and Gospel performed by local musicians on the downtown stage; the unique arts & crafts of more than 170 craftsmen line the streets with many demonstrating their talents and skills passed down through the generations; then there is “Food for the Soul”, ham biscuits, collards & cornbread, barbecue, hamburgers, ground steak and more served with hospitality by our local civic and other community groups.

http://ncfestivals.com/

More great photos you will love as Andy sings!

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a great tribute and article filled with trivial. Talk about a walk through the past. I never missed that show. Love it, Jackie!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Frank for your memories. As I remember Andy telling it Barney was just a one spotter but when they saw him in action he became a main character and all of a sudden corny funny Andy became the straight man (although of course he was funny too). I did like what it became and it was more real. Fantastic really.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Bill; we have not all died out yet I am glad to see and my son watched the reruns; hope his son will; but not sure on that! lol


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The Frog Prince 2 years ago from Arlington, TX

I've actually been to Mount Airy. Nice area of the country.

TFP


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, I truly love Andy and my husband even more than I, which seems impossible. One never fires of watching reruns of the Andy Griffith show. I love this hub, and I learned a lot about Andy that I had no clue of before; very interesting! Your pics are great too. I have enjoyed reading this wonderful piece here while on my lunch and voted across but will vote up and share after I arrive home. Hugs


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Frog Prince; glad you got that chance; hope it was a pretty season such as fall!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

I meant to add tha that little town we moved to and live in now is like Mayberry still, well, not quite just like it, but pretty close. My phone does not show the thumbs up or share, so I will make sure to do so once I arrive home this evening. Blessings


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Faith; figured you might. Andy holds a special spot for most southerners I would guess...even those who only caught the reruns. I had a really bad time that day with sun glare being the middle of the day but at least they are mine and better yet I don't think anyone would want to steal them! lol

It really was a fun day but we did not make the front of the line to get a pork chop sandwich but since then I have heard Andy say it was hot dog...so who knows! lol

Don't waste your lunch on me! I can wait. I better get busy now to catch up to where I was!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

How wonderful it would be to live in such a place. I still catch the reruns of his show and enjoy every minute. He was a good person and his faith was inspiring. Thanks for sharing his background and some good memories from the past. Blessings.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

I watched The Andy Griffith Show religiously. In fact, it was hard for me to accept Ron Howard as an adult and successful producer/director. To me, he'll always be Opie.

No wonder Otis would get drunk every night. He had quite a luxurious jail cell waiting for him at the Mayberry Sherriff's Office! Of course, we couldn't see that in black and white, but I see it now!


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Well Jackie, I'm over 40. I can remember the"good,old days"! Relaxing was a good choice of words. We just don't have shows like that anymore, although I do admit, I like to watch reruns of Gilligan's Island. As good as Andy was, the show wasn't complete without Barney. Anyway, thanks for the memories.Iit was nice to visit Mayberry again!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi Jackie, I have never heard of it, we didn't get it over here, but it sounds like a lovely program, shame about the house being pulled down, wonder why? thanks for sharing the story, nell


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Suzette; there is a highway part going into a business section I am not crazy about but mostly railroad tracks, restaurants, etc; but their Mayberry part is really quite charming and there is a gorgeous huge church there I'd like to have included. Maybe I can work it in later but yes Mount Airy is very beautiful.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Dianna; I do indeed believe he was a good man and loved life up til the very end. I am so disappointed he will have no museum where he lived and died at the end but there is a museum for him in Mount Airy; I really must add about that.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Bravewarrior; thanks for reading and you sound like the most of us who were hooked on Mayberry. It was like a nerve pill wasn't it? You always had to laugh. Oh I loved Opie too; he was so cute!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Bill and I agree; it really lost something when Barney left but he was getting famous in his movies then so we should not have felt sorry for him; which I am sure I did! We didn't know every move everyone made back then!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi, I am back here in "Mayberry" : ) ... home now, and so I will share. I left early today at 5:00 from work instead of my usual 5: 30, but had to stop for gas and it is pouring down rain here. So, I have returned to vote up and share.

I see I made a typo up there in my comment at lunch on my phone, meant "One never tires..." of watching the Andy Griffith show.

Oh, that is really sad about his home.

Hugs


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Oh; Nell you can pick it up online; probably youtube. Sometime when you just have nothing to do you really should watch it. Talk about liking southern accents...you have to hear them! There's nothing like it really. Well, Andy wanted a house he had lived in on the shore to be a museum and his wife just wasted no time plowing it down. Sounds like some resentment to me. Maybe he just lived a lot longer than she wanted him to would be my guess. Her revenge maybe? Made many very mad; even ex-wives.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

No one noticed Faith; I sure didn't. Thanks for the share; it will be all I can do if I can make it back to 90; lol.

It rained cats and dogs here all day too but I did manage to make it out of town and back in between. I left my kitties out (with plenty of places to find cover) but I bet they will be really glad to get in tonight. I am trying to get some work done while they are not underfoot. One wants me to pet it all the time and the other want to fight and those teeth and claws in my legs have me screaming I can tell you!

Thank you so much for being such a sweetheart and sharing all my hubs; that really means more to me than votes. HUGS!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh good LOL ...Ouch, yes, their little claws and teeth are as sharp as razors! I remember putting on a pair of those thick sweat pants LOL every time my cats were kittens. Oh, I will always share, and thank you for being such a sweet friend to always do the same for me. (((HUGS)))


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

If I put on sweatpants today I would die! I have been so overheated so many times today! I am teaching her not to do it; she does it a lot less, but like all babies, she forgets sometimes! They are both so sweet! I know my chickens see me with them and get jealous cause it use to mean I was coming to them when they saw me outside and now they just stand at their fence and squall while I pet and feed the kittens. lol


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Aw, they all know they have an awesome Momma!


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Yes Jackie, Thank you for this wonderful article on Andy Griffith a.k.a. Andy Taylor. This says a lot of goodness about the spirit of you. I'm glad to have seen him in the various roles that he played. I admired him. When coming up I appreciated how well he was raising his son. He played a Christlike character in the AG Show. He was someone to look up to. He's a legend and an icon. Thank you for featuring him and his hometown. May he never be forgotten. God bless you!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

I dunno; they all spread me pretty thin lately, lol.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you so much word; and God bless you too. I think he was a great example too and especially in the sheriff part I know he wrote a lot of this so it wasn't just in his acting but in his heart. Pleased we share this!


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

What a fun trip down memory lane. Just makes me more curious about his home. You always come up with the most interesting topic. Nice. Voted up, UAI, shared.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you so much Patsy; that is the nicedt thing to say. So happy to have you stop by!


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

The Andy Griffith show was truly remarkable. Wonderful tribute! Thanks for the video, I'll be watching this before I sleep tonight. Just the music alone brings back happy memories.


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Kaili Bisson 2 years ago from Canada

What a wonderful article Jackie. Brings back many fond memories of tv when it was really entertaining. I spend time each year in NC but have not visited Mount Airy, so I must add it to my list.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you grand old lady; you are right the music is quite unique and easy to recall!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Mayberry was real to me, until today. I loved the show and its entire cast, and I took a real liking to Aunt Bee. Thanks for these lovely details plus the good memories.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Kaili; I hope you will and fall is the best time in my opinion; so beautiful and weather is great! Thanks for reading!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina

Enjoyed this article a great deal, it's been a while since I've watched the show but still greatly appreciate what a wonderful family friendly show it is! My parents visit Mayberry every year and love it! Great hub!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

I am sorry Dora if I robbed you of Mayberry! Well it lives in our hearts if you can't accept Mount Airy's, doesn't it? Oh, I loved Aunt Bee too and there is an Aunt Bee's restaurant there.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Better Yourself! I am very pleased to hear that; sounds like they are one is us! lol


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

AH! Very beautiful Jackie, nice layout of your hub and photos i guess around here is the passion for writing that keeps us going yes. We don't do it for money yet we do it faithfully. Maybe someday you'd be lucky enough to get a hub of the day award lol " don't we know better".

I love that song " I love to tell the story" Alan Jackson sings it very well to.

Thanks for taking the time to do such a lovely hub.

"I'm Sharing"

Have a bless morning , my worms are crying out loud its lunch time at work gotta go get a bite. U want one ? lol


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

OK do I want a bite, a lunch or a worm? lol You would love Andy's spiritual songs. Tell you what; I will put one here just for you!


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vkwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

I remembered watching Matlock when I was a kid. He was a really great actor.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks vkwok; I loved those too but for some reason didn't get to see many. I need to find the shows at youtube.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

A long time ago I used to live not too far from there. It was a lovely place. This is a nice tribute. I cannot really understand why his widow would demolish the house.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

FlourishAnyway- Thank you! I cannot understand that either. It is a very hateful thing to do to his fans for he is dead and cannot be hurt but I am sure she is not going to see much kindness from those who would have really loved this idea of a museum; including his ex wives. They should do one and put their pictures with him etc, huh? lol Bet that would show her.

It is a beautiful place especially in the fall. I may go again in a few days...or weeks. After this heat!


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Jackie, you've put a lot into this remarkable piece, great tribute and very well done.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Jo; appreciate the read!


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hey Jackie, a worm ? oh please i am very scared of those nasty wiggly scornful low down filthy creatures lol. NEVER!!! I was talking about lunch. Okay checked out the song he's cool , but none can beat back my George Jones milky voice lol.

Have a bless evening


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Yes George is a crooner I must agree!


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

This was unbelievable Jackie, I loved it. I used to watch this when I lived in NJ and then Matlock (plus anything in between). Now in GA I see Matlock reruns, both on TV and on tape. Andy Griffith was one of my favorites. I voted this up, straight across, shared and G+ it.

Kevin


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks so much Kevin: I really appreciate that. I am going to look now for the error here but they did finally feature my hub; will remember to never do them on Fridays!


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favored 2 years ago from USA

Jackie your work is fantastic. You are so gifted. We still watch the program on DVD at times. Reading your article helps a person appreciate the work of the program a little more.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you favored! What a compliment to start my day! My head will swell; lol. I really can't think of another show so good with not one bad word or insinuations. Unless you wanna think about Gomer peeping in at Andy and Helen in her living room! hahaha


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Nice tribute, Jackie. I watched all those old shows multiple times. If I still had a TV, I'd probably still be watching them.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks; I know what you mean Deb, I have plenty of TVs but we gave up expensive cable but my husband watches them online and so I watch from behind as I do my work; mostly listen since I know the picture. lol


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Nancy Owens 2 years ago from USA

Thank you for sharing your tour of this great man's home and life. Brought back lots of good memories reading through it.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Glad you enjoyed it Nancy and thank you for reading!


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SusanDeppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

We never got around to visiting any of the Andy Griffith sites on our visits to the Manteo area. So very sorry to learn that the house on Roanoke Island was torn down. Andy Griffith and Andy Taylor were legends. Long may those legends live!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Susan; I certainly agree with you and perhaps next time you will catch the very enjoyable sites.


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I first knew Andy Griffith as stand-up comic in the sketch "What It Was, Was Football." and "No time for Sergeants" the movie version. It was also on TV for a short time. I think it was rep[laced by "Gomer Pyle" Which was probably based on it. I still love "Matlock."

Very nice tribute. Voted up and shared.


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handymanbill 2 years ago from western pennsylvania

One of the classic best shows. Used to watch it all the time.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks so much dahoglund; very pleased you were also a fan of his. He will be missed.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks for stopping by handymanbill; always pleased to meet another fan of Andy's.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I loved watching that show many years ago. All of the characters were so good! Too bad that one house was torn down. It seems a shame! Thanks for telling us about Mount Airy, North Carolina and the fact that it truly does remind one of Mayberry. Up votes and sharing on G+ and HP.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Peggy! This town will be keeping Andy alive as long as any live with his memory I am sure. Who that ever watched this show can think of it without a smile. You being a southern girl as I am I am sure makes it a show closer to our hearts knowing there really were and still are southerners so sweet and honest.

I appreciate the shares!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Count me into this discussion. I grew up with The Andy Griffith Shows. The black and white shows were my favorites.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Yes kenneth; they were better and not because of the color, huh? Once Opie started growing up it seemed somewhat foolish I think although I still watched it; it lost much when Barney left to make his movies! He might could have held it together.


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OhMe 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

I have never been to Mt. Airy but hope to go one day. I just loved watching Andy Griffith and I still watch the old reruns today. Very interesting article and I learned some things I didn't know. Thanks.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you OhMe; it will be a fun experience if ever you do have the chance and Mount Pilot is very good in the Fall especially and close by.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

I´d never heard of Mt. Airy or the Andy Griffith museum. Thank you for sharing all this information. I also am a big fan of the show. I always loved Andy´s pithy wisdom and the funny situations that came up in the show. This makes me want to go back and watch some episodes!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Vespa; you should. They are just as funny today! We kid about those shows all the time in my family. We have a cat named Sally and my husband is always saying she dances with Al! lol That was from the show were Floyd and Barney met up with 3 escaped women prisoners? If you haven't seen that one please watch it! So funny.


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dahoglund 23 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Hi Jackie! I commented on this hub before but it is a good one. Is that house the one used on Matlock?


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

It is in the main street of Mt. Airy. I don't know but wonder if he didn't model his from this. It was the nicest one there I thought. The day I went was to get the pork chop sandwich he loved so much just to find out (or so he said) it was not a pork chop sandwich he favored!


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kenneth avery 23 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dec. 23

Dear Jackie,

I came back to reread this hub and once again, I found it to be without a question, THE BEST rendering on "Mt. Pilot," Andy and Mayberry of all the articles I have read recently.

I say this in all sincerity. Your research was so in-depth that I was amazed to the point of being in awe. Really.

And the graphics were superb.

I could have written "nice job," to you and I guess that would have sufficed, but not for me. Anyone who does such a fine job on someone and their life as you did Andy and his area deserves a LOT of pats on the back.

Thank you for sharing your exquisite gift with everyone.

Merry CHRISTmas and keep in touch.

Your Friend for Life,

Kenneth


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Kenny. I have always loved Andy and from almost the same place so we have like hearts I have always thought. Am pleased you enjoyed this. Merry Christmas to you too and may the New Year bless you many times over; in health and spirit.


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kenneth avery 23 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

@ Jackie,

Thank you (from my heart) sweet friend.

May God bless you.

Please keep in touch.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Will do; thank you.


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ThelmaC 17 months ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

Jackie I was just in Mt. Airy 5 days ago. It was our 4th visit to Mt. Airy! Have you driven by Andy's old homeplace on Haymore Street? Also, have you visited Walker's Soda Fountain? You can have an old fashioned cream soda while sitting at the counter.


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Jackie Lynnley 17 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

It has been awhile now since I was there Thelma; since I wrote this article anyway and I have forgotten some. I need to go back and I know I was not at the soda fountain; sounds like fun; I will certainly do that if I go back. Thank you!

I think Andy sort of reflected what America was all about!


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kenneth avery 17 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

July 17--6:55 p.m., cdst

Jackie,

I had this thought a few years back that when I bow before the Mercy Seat of Christ when my life is finished and He asks, "Kenny, you have a choice. You can enter heaven and enjoy life to is true fullest or you can return to a place which I have prepared called "Mayberry," with all of the people you grew up with and loved. So what will it be?"

"Dear Jesus," I would say in a respectful tone. "Mayberry if you please because there is not much difference in heaven and Mayberry to me."

I wonder.


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Give me heaven but I do know what you mean. Mayberry is heaven in many of our minds and these actors certainly convinced us there was such a place and I do believe Andy lived that life as closely as he could and was a very fine man up until he did go to heaven.


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kenneth avery 16 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Jackie,

Well, I would choose heaven also, but if Jesus started showing all of the characters and episodes, it would be tough.

Have a safe weekend and come talk to me anytime.


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida

Love love love Andy...watched all of the shows and enjoy re-watching them...I also watched Matlock as well as some of the earlier movies he performed in.

I used to jokingly say to my daughter that I was going to his birthday party each year :D

Great job

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Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks for the angels, ps!

Yes; Andy was so special. I watched only his first Matlocks too, don't know why, I should catch some more of those. About broke my heart seeing Barney on there the first time until I got use to how much he had aged.

Such good clean humor we will never know again. Thanks so much for bringing me back here, I could use a few smiles right now.

God bless you.


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kenneth avery 14 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dearest Jackie,

Monday, Oct. 5 is here and I am so glad that I stopped by on my way to bed to see the work of such a special person, friend, follower and writer. I know that 'writer' should be in second or third place, but I am spent mentally and physically.

I am praying that you and yours have a safe and blessed week.

Kenneth/ Your Friend for Life


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

Wonderful hub that brought back great memories Jackie. I always looked forward to watching the Andy Griffith Show, with Andy, Barney, Miss Bea, Gomer, Opie etc. Andy and Gomer(Jim Nabors) were both wonderful singers, and Don Knotts hilariously funny. Look how far Ron Howard has come after this..Happy Days and now one of the top Hollywood directors

for sharing this interesting information.


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rebeccamealey 14 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is a great tribute to Andy and the Gang, Jackie. Fantastic Hub! I didn't know they had all that stuff in Mt. Airy. I'd love to visit. Thanks for the info and a delightful, interesting article.


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ThelmaC 14 months ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

Jackie I am back in Mt. Airy this weekend for my 6th visit. Just can't get enough of this wonderful place. We are on our way this morning to the Earle Theater for the live radio broadcast of blue grass music. It's rainy here but that doesn't matter in Mayberry!


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Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Kenneth; a very kind compliment, I really appreciate it!


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Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Oh I know it John! Who would have ever thought Opie would be who he is today? I just know the influence Andy and the cast had on him has to be the reason he is such a wonderful man; as well as talented.

Thanks so much for stopping by to read this!


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Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks to you Rebecca! Yes I have some photos in a hub here of Pilot Mountain and fall is my favorite time to visit it. It is so unbelievably beautiful with colorful leaves overhead, all around and underfoot! Then to look out on the horizon is just breathtaking and no photo can do it justice. Hope you ever get a chance to stop by!


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Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thelma I am as jealous as I can be; of the rain and all! I would love to be there for all of that. I am so glad for the happiness I know you are feeling! Thank you for stopping by and sharing that. I am full of smiles!

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