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Mount Airy

Visit Mount Airy to be taken back to a simpler time.

Home of the actor, Andy Griffith, Mount Airy served as the inspiration for the town of Mayberry in The Andy Griffith Show. Walking down Mount Airy's Main Street makes visitors feels just like they're taking a stroll through fictional Mayberry. Fans of the actor and his show should check out the Andy Griffith Museum, home to the largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia, featuring hundreds of items from his career in television, movies and music.

No visit to Mount Airy is complete without a ride in a Mayberry Squad Car. The tour starts off at the famous Wally's Filling Station and takes in plenty of fun sights, like the Blue Bird Diner, Floyd's Barber Shop and The Snappy Lunch. This is a must-do for all Andy Griffith fans.

The Mayberry Days festival is a three-day focus on the simpler times that the town of Mayberry embodied. The whole town of Mount Airy seems to get involved in this family-friendly event held every September. With music, games and even a pork chop sandwich-eating contest put on by the Snappy Lunch, there's much to see, and taste.

Mount Airy is also home to the Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise In, an experience for classic car fanatics.

Those interested in history will want to delve into the town's colorful past at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, with exhibits on Donna Fargo, the Grammy Award winning country music star, and the Original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng. Other historic sites include the World's Largest Open Face Granite Quarry or the beautiful Gertrude Smith House.

For music lovers, live entertainment is held weekly in downtown Mount Airy, including a Thursday Night Jam Session at the Old Time Music Heritage Hall at the Andy Griffith Playhouse and a Saturday Morning Jam Session at the Historic Downtown Cinema Theatre. An array of music is hosted during the Summer Music Series at the Blackmon Amphitheatre and old-time music is played the third Saturday of every month at the Voice of the Blue Ridge.

Mount Airy is also home to several festivals through the year, including the Autumn Leaves Festival, where visitors can listen to old-time, bluegrass and gospel music performed by local musicians, as well as peruse the work of over 170 craftsmen, some of whom will demonstrate their skills that have been passed down from generation to generation.

A visit to Mount Airy is a visit to the ideal American hometown and the inspiration for the town of Mayberry. With its great entertainment, shopping, dining, wineries, and peaceful scenic setting, a trip to Mount Airy feels like coming home again!