• "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.

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Attractions - Mayberry

Andy Griffith Museum
218 Rockford St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-7998

arts@surryarts.org

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.


Andy Griffith Playhouse
218 Rockford St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-7998

arts@surryarts.org

Andy Griffith attended elementary school here and performed on stage here during the 1930s and 1940s. The playhouse was originally built in the 1920s and was the first public school in Mount Airy. The Surry Arts Council now operates the building with year-round classes, theatre productions, art camps, and live music concerts. The museum is adjacent to the playhouse along with the TV Land landmark statue of Andy and Opie.


Andy’s Homeplace
711 E. Haymore St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 789-5999

Lenise.Lynch@hilton.com

Fans of television actor, Andy Griffith, can stay in the Mount Airy home where he lived during his adolescence until his high school graduation. Andy’s boyhood home is available for nightly rentals and is within walking distance from downtown Mount Airy, including Snappy Lunch mentioned on The Andy Griffith Show, Floyd’s Barbershop, The Andy Griffith Collection, Opie’s Candy Store, and Mayberry Soda Fountain. Check-in and reservations are made through the Mount Airy Hampton Inn.


Aunt Bee’s Room
501 Andy Griffith Parkway North

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-4109

mayberry@surry.net

The late Frances Bavier, better know as “Aunt Bee,” has a room dedicated to her memory at the Mayberry Motor Inn. You can enjoy the exhibit through a window view inside the inn. The inn holds a certificate of authenticity for more than 30 of Bavier’s belongings, such as gloves, eyeglasses, a handkerchief, a dress, a hat, and more. A great photo opportunity is having a picture taken in front of the Mayberry Squad Car or Emmett’s Truck.


Downtown Pilot Mountain
817 Sunset Dr.

Pilot Mountain NC

Local Phone: (336) 368-2247

Pilot Mountain was the inspiration for the fictional town of Mount Pilot in “The Andy Griffith Show,” a nearby larger town near Mayberry. Nearby the actual town is Pilot Mount State Park which is known for its Big Pinnacle peak seen for several miles. Downtown Pilot Mountain is home to several antique, gift, and retail stores along with several restaurants. During the first Saturday from May until October, cruise-ins are a mainstay featuring live beach music and food.


Floyd’s City Barbershop
129 N. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-2346

Similar to Floyd’s Barber Shop in the beloved town of Mayberry, Floyd’s City Barber Shop has been a staple among the attractions of downtown Mount Airy. There is a collection of thousands of pictures that line the wall on the “Wall of Fame.” Owner Russell Hiatt has been snapping pictures of customer sitting in his barber chair for over 62 years, including celebrities such as Oprah Winery, the “Incredible Hulk” Lou Ferrigno, and “Goober” George Lindsey. Floyd’s is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturdays, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.


Mayberry Days
218 Rockford St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-7998

arts@surryarts.org

How well do you know The Andy Griffith Show? Fans trek each fall to Griffith’s hometown each last week in September to celebrate “The Andy Griffith Show,” one of TV’s top 10 shows from 1960 to 1968. Events include autographs by surviving stars of the show, a pie eating contest, music, live shows, trivia contests, golf tournaments, chess tournaments, and a talent show. The week’s highlight is the Mayberry Days Parade down Main Street


Mayberry Replica Courthouse
625 S. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-6066

info@wallysservicestation.com

There are many tips of the hat to the fictional town of Mayberry. The Mayberry Courthouse is a replica of the courthouse that appeared in “The Andy Griffith Show” during the 1960s. Situated adjacent to Wally’s Service Station, visitors can sit behind Andy’s desk, type on the vintage typewriter, and even sit in the recreated jail cells that appeared in the show. This is a great picture-taking spot.


Mayberry Squad Car Tours
625 S. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 789-6743

info@tourmayberry.com

Remember Sheriff Taylor’s police car? The one you saw in every episode? In Mount Airy, you can tour all of the sites in a Mayberry squad car. Each tour starts at Wally’s Service Station and then to sites like the Blue Bird Diner, Floyds Barber shop, the TV Land statue, Snappy Lunch, Andy Griffith Playhouse, the childhood home of Andy Griffith.


Snappy Lunch
125 N. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-4931

Opened on the 1920s to serve snappy lunches to workers of Mount Airy, Snappy Lunch hasn’t changed much as visitors will find the same diner that Andy Griffith ate at as a young boy while growing up in Mount Airy. The restaurant is famous for its pork chop sandwich, a boneless, tenderized loin chop dipped in sweet-mile batter and fried until golden crisp. In an early episode of “The Andy Griffith Show,” Andy suggested to Barney that they go to the Snappy Lunch, and Andy also mentioned the Snappy Lunch in his version of the song “Silhouettes.” Snappy Lunch is open Monday through Friday, from 5:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. and Thursdays and Saturdays from 5:45 a.m. until 1:15 p.m.


TV Land Statue
218 Rockford St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-7998

arts@surryarts.org

Dedicated in 2004, TV Land donated a bronze statue capture The Andy Griffith Show’s iconic opening sequence depicting Andy Griffith and young Ron Howard in their roles as Sheriff Andy Taylor and Opie Taylor. The statue is located at the Andy Griffith Museum and is a great spot to capture your Mayberry memories.


Wally’s Service Station
625 S. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-6066

info@wallysservicestation.com

Wally’s Service Station is an original service station built in 1937 and operated as a Gulf Station and then later operated as a Standard Oil Station or Esso. The Fruit Basket now operates inside of Wally’s Service Station and they offer a wide variety of souvenirs and collectibles. Mayberry Squad Car Tours also leave from the station. The service station is open starting April every Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. During the winter months, the station is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays.