Landmarks & Museums (One-Day History Trip)

Are you history buff that also loves Mayberry-related stuff? This Mt. Airy Mayberry tour is a great itinerary for you.

Morning

Start with the Andy Griffith Museum for a tour of all-things Andy Griffith related, from the courthouse keys to the iconic “Sherriff” and “Justice of the Peace” signs from the courthouse doors on The Andy Griffith Show. Tip: Pay a few extra dollars for the audio tour to hear Andy Griffith speeches and personal stories from Emmett Forrest, a childhood friend of Andy Griffith.

View the Siamese Twins Exhibit in the downstairs space of the Surry Arts Council, adjacent to The Andy Griffith Museum. There are displays and exhibits on Eng and Chang, the world’s most-famous connected twins

Walk to the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History to tour four floors of historic exhibits and displays. There’s an impressive 360-degree panoramic photograph on display along with exhibits on early life, Andy Griffith, Simaese Twins, fiddler Tommy Jarrell, and the story of Mt. Airy largest open-surface granite quarry.

Lunch

Find a downtown restaurant and take a moment to rest before your next journey. Save room for dessert at one of the Mt. Airy Mayberry downtown ice cream or dessert shops.

Afternoon

Shop in downtown Mount Airy for special souvenirs and finds for back home. You’ll find antique stores, retail outlets, toy stores, soda shops, and more. Tip: Stop by the Visitor Information Center first if you’re in a hurry for the must-see shops and attractions in Mt. Airy Mayberry.

Get back in your car and head to Horne Creek Living History Farm, a 30-minute drive from downtown Mt. Airy. Tour this early 1900s farm house, tobacco curing barn, and corn crib. Tip: Check out the heirloom garden and field crops during the summer.






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