Andy Griffith spent his childhood and teen years in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Old Town in Mt. Airy is a treasure trove of dedication to “The Andy Griffith Show.” Karen and I spent the afternoon and evening of Saturday (9-30-17) ‘tourist gawking’ at the locations that inspired the iconic show’s sets and became a cherished part of Americana.
Nothing was ever video taped in Mt. Airy for the “Andy Griffith Show,” but Andy modeled many of the TV show’s sets and locations after the places he remembered from his childhood.
When Robert Gilmer bought land by Mt. Airy in 1849 he found it was mostly a “big white rock.” He demanded part of his money back for the land he could not farm, which became the great Mount Airy quarry. The quarry is expected to provide white granite for harvesting the next several thousand years.
We met Scott earlier in the day at Shelton Vineyards. Following his advice, we ate a fine lunch in Mt. Airy at the Old North State Winery, where we ran into him again. Before dinner we stopped to visit Scott at work and got another tip, which led to an excellent burger at the Loaded Goat. Scott was knowledgable and very nice to us, but we had to promise that we would stop stalking him.