We spent the night and attended worship services in Mount Airy today. Mt Airy is aka Mayberry.
Actor Andy Griffith was born in Mount Airy, and the town is believed to have been the basis for Mayberry, the setting of the TV showsThe Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD. Until he returned to Mount Airy, 45 years after the show, Griffith denied the connection. The community holds an annual "Mayberry Days" celebration during the last weekend of September; 30,000 attended in 2009, and 50,000 were expected for the show's 50th anniversary in 2010. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro estimates the town receives $5 million each year as a result. Surviving member of the cast, along with family members of other cast members, often visit. The 2012 event is slated to have Karen Knotts (Don's daughter) and George Lindsey Jnr (eponymous son of Goober).
Three Ford Galaxie police cars, painted to resemble those used on the show, give rides to tourists. A barber shop has been named "Floyd's", and a salvage yard has the name Mayberry.
The Andy Griffith Museum, founded in 2009 by Emmett Forrest, attracts 200 visitors a day. The 2,500-square-feet museum, located half a mile from Griffith's childhood home, houses the world's largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia.