Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Stop in Mayberry

We traveled from Charlotte, NC to Roanoke, VA, stopping in Mount Airy, NC to visit the home town of Andy Griffith. AJ and GJ love to watch re-runs of the Andy Griffith Show which took place in the fictitious town of Mayberry, NC. Mount Airy has been turned into Mayberry! Deputy Barney Fife was there (above photo) along with Floyd's Barbershop, Opie's Candy Store, Snappy Lunch, Wally's Service Station, the Mayberry Courthouse and more!
The boys bought Mayberry tee-shirts and candy at Opie's.

And, we visited the Andy Griffith Collection (museum) located at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Our visit was too late in the day to take a vintage 1962 Squad Car tour of the town. But, we did walk down Main Street before continuing to the lovely Roanoke Valley.

We enjoyed a great dinner and stayed overnight at the beautiful historic Hotel Roanoke. While GJ had another business meeting to attend on Thursday morning, AJ and I enjoyed a fabulous buffet breakfast and watched the many trains passing by this old grand railroad hotel before departing to drive south on the Blue Ridge Parkway for our quiet family celebration of GJ's big birthday.

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