Andy Griffith’s Boyhood Home

This is the boyhood home of Andy Griffith which is located in Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

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.

Thursday – Sunday, September 23-26, 2010

The 21st Annual Mayberry Days will feature actress Betty Lynn who portrayed Thelma Lou the girlfriend of sheriff deputy Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show. Others featured on the show include Karen Knotts who is the daughter of Don Knotts and will return again to present her one woman show honoring her father.

Another well known actress Elinor Donahue who played pharmacist Ellie Walker who was Andy’s love interest in the first season will be part of the Mayberry Days celebration.

Maggie Peterson who was Charlene Darling of the Darling family will also be there during Mayberry Days in 2010.

A complete list of the rest of the celebrities and those related to actors in the show and a detailed description of the many events of Mayberry Days can be found at:

Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

5 thoughts on “Andy Griffith’s Boyhood Home”

  1. have always wanted to go to mt airy. sometime when we go visit dgt and her family in ky we will go on to SC or NC, which ever carolina i need to be in. haha

  2. I suppose anyone who liked Amos and Andy would like the Andy Griffith Show . . . just kidding, I liked it too.

  3. Andy Griffith may be one of the best shows ever shown on TV. Very few shows are still being shown 50 years after the first episode aired and a lot of fans have to have seen most of the episodes several times.

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