The Andy Griffith show is before my time, but like most people my age, we had parents that subjected us to reruns. The show made a small town in North Carolina famous. The fictional town of Mayberry is the actual town of, Mt. Airey. "Mayberry" is often romanticized by people who daydream of living in that picturesque town where residents know your life story, everyone is friendly and traffic doesn't exist. The air is clean and the crime is low and people reside in cute farmhouses.
Guess what? Mt. Airey really is like that. I didn't think it would be, but it is.
Visiting this little town that sits on the hills in NC has been resting on our bucket list since we came here. In May, we decided to cross it off our list by making the 2 hour cruise heading north.
Of course--in true Bubba and Liz fashion-- we picked one of the hottest days in May (93*F) to walk around. With two recovering sick kids to boot. We were ready to leave after a couple of hours.
What were we thinking?
I also had certain expectations of this town that were not met. I assumed the museum would be large and fancy. I thought the streets would be buzzing with vibrant shops reminiscent of the show and that the town would be large with a lot to do.
The town was pretty much opposite of that. The museum was as big as the bottom floor of my house, and they didn't allow any pictures to be taken inside. They charged way too much money to see a couple of old uniforms, autographed pictures and a bunch of news articles. That's it. Everyone there was complaining about the museum's audacity to charge such a fee to view a bunch of nonsense.
Main street was not filled with vibrant shops either. Instead, it was filled with a bunch of junky gift stores. We managed to find an okay pie shop to buy a few goodies for thirsty and hungry kids and took home a couple of souvenirs. And that my friends; sums it up.
However, the town itself is very pretty and friendly; just like the show depicted. It's an isolated town in a very rural setting. If you like that sort of thing, then this is probably a perfect town to call home. Or visit.
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All photos were taken by me unless otherwise stated.