It’s Mayberry! Put Your Gun Away, Barney!

Oh sure, we focus most of our downtime around educational experiences, but we definitely couldn’t pass up the chance to visit Andy Griffith’s hometown and the inspiration for Mayberry of the Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD. We are big Mayberry fans. Big ‘uns.

We camped for the night on Andy Taylor Street.

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The kids played on the corner of Opie Taylor Avenue and Eng and Chang Way.

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We scrubbed up our skivvies at Thelma Lou’s laundry.

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Need a close-up?

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Thelma Lou needs better driers.

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Next morning we were up and at ’em bright and early to get to downtown Mayberry. It’s not, as you may know, actually called Mayberry in real life. The real life town is called Mount Airy, but we’re callin’ it Mayberry here, Folks.

This little girl is a big fan…and very excited. You can tell by the nostril flare. Or maybe that’s just because Pinky the Sock Monkey smells like…well…a monkey and socks.

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Here we go! The Mayberry Courthouse and Emmett’s Fix-It Shop.

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Phone: 555. Ha ha! Just try it. Also serving “Mt. Poilt.”

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Let’s take a peek inside the courthouse with Emily.

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Ohhhh, poooor Emily.

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I don’t know what these two did to get locked up in the hoosegow, but I have a few guesses.

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Marissa saves the day. Hannah looks way too happy about being in the slammer.

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You folks’ll recognize this from the show.

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And this, of course, is where Deputy Fife sat when he wasn’t out waving the bulletless gun at innocent Mayberry citizens.

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What’s that on Barney’s desk? Aunt Bea’s kerosene pickles. That’ll put some curl in your toenails.

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And what does Sheriff Taylor have on his desk? A Bible.

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Order in the court!

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Sarah? Get me the police station in Mount Pilot.

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Sarah, get me some pie!

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Oh, oh, oh, remember the Darlins?

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And a sad, teary farewell to Ernest T. Bass. His window-shattering brick lives on.

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It wouldn’t be a sheriff’s office without a sheriff’s car, now would it?

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And in case you need a bottle of Nehi or a a game of checkers…

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stop by Wally’s service station.

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Goober says, “Hey!”

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Forgot the poor use of ellipsis.

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I think this tow truck needs a tow.

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There’s nuthin’ like chillin’ outside Wally’s in Mayberry.

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I’m sure you’ve noticed Elijah’s too-long hair?  We held off on his haircut until we got to Mayberry so we could get it cut at Floyd’s.

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Here it is! Here’s Floyd’s!

Flord's in Mayberry

Haircuts, still only eight smackeroos!

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Unfortunately, the real Floyd (the same fella who cut Andy Griffith’s hair for years) had a stroke two months ago, and, while he’s recovering (at 92), he is not currently cutting hair. His real name is Russell Hiatt.

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We couldn’t even get in. 🙁 Poor Floyd. Poor us. Poor Elijah’s long hair.

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We headed to the Bluebird Diner to have a porkchop sandwich like Barnie Fife talks about, but they, too were closed. Missed it by minutes. 🙁

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Remember Ellie Walker from Walker’s Drug Store?

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No Ellie here, but this is Walker’s Drug Store!

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We indulged in chocolate and cherry sodas…

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… and pulled pork sammies with coleslaw on ’em.

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Of course, there was plenty of memorabilia and tourist garb from the show.

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This little girl is a Barney Fife fan.

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And she’s in good hands. 🙂

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This kid has his nose pressed to the glass for a different reason.

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We couldn’t resist the smells emanating  from this bakery…not that we tried real hard.

Local faire is the way to go for us, so we tried some moonshine turnovers.

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We were disappointed with the moonshine turnovers, but the hot pretzels were the best we’d ever had, bar none, times 100! And who doesn’t love cookie as big as her face!

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Mayberry/Mount Airy. Go there. Eat the pretzels. Don’t eat the turnovers. King me. The end.

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Comments

  1. Shirley

    I enjoyed your visit to Mayberry and the other adventure blogs too! I think someone is a very good writer and photographer and those are probably on your educational skills list for the kids too!
    Well done!
    We are still enjoying listening to your CDs and sometimes only the repertoire reminds us whether it is you or my brother singing!
    Blessings,
    Shirley from Iron Mountain, MI

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