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Adventures in Roadside Archaeology - Mayberry RFD (Mt. Airy, NC)

Levi and I stopped by Mt. Airy NC today, the hometown of Andy Griffith. It’s a beautiful small town, capitalizing on their connection to just about the best show ever, The Andy Griffith Show.

We just missed closing time at Snappy Lunch, a Mayberry institution for close to 100 years. So we lucked out with a GREAT Barney Burger (hamburger, bacon, provolone, lettuce, tomato and grilled onions) at Barney’s Cafe.

There’s no better way to see Sheriff Taylor’s hometown than
a guided tour in the seat of a vintage Mayberry Sheriff’s Office squad car, so that’s just what we did.

It was an EXCELLENT history of Mt. Airy, with stops at Andy’s teenage home and the places he frequented, Donna Fargo (she’s from there too) and MUCH more. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. For my MD peeps, it’s the St. Mary’s County of NC.

Unfortunately we only had a couple hours there. Next time - a couple days!

If you’re ever passing thru, book a squad car tour at Wally’s Filling Station. Ask for Alan.