We were visiting the boyhood home of Andy Griffith in Mt. Airy, North Carolina in the summer of 2006 when I found out it was more than a visit.
My wife and daughter had booked a night through Hampton Inns at Andy Griffith’s home in which he had grown up. They were very sneaky making it appear as though we were just looking at the home but then I noticed our suitcases were in the house.
That is when they told me we would be staying there that night. They knew I was a fan of the Andy Griffith Show and wanted to surprise me.
I played catch in the backyard with my grandson Matthew that Sunday afternoon and that night all of us went to see a drive-in movie there in Mt. Airy.
History of the Home
Andy Griffith was about nine years old when his parents bought the home in 1935 for $600. The family sold the house in 1966 for $6,000 six years after the Andy Griffith Show aired it first episode in 1960.
Gary York bought the house in 1998 at an auction for $86,000 and he would later sell the house to the owners of the Mount Airy Hampton Inn for an undisclosed amount and they started renting it by the night to whoever wanted to stay there to get a feel for what it was like for Andy to grow up in the house.
21st Annual MAYBERRY DAYS