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Statues of Andy and Opie Taylor, characters from “The Andy Griffith Show,“ stand at the Andy Griffith Playhouse and Museum in Mount Airy, N.C. (July 3, 2012)

Mount Airy, N.C.

The fictional Mayberry of "The Andy Griffith Show" was inspired by a real town, Mount Airy, N.C., which the late Andy Griffith himself called home. Fans are still flocking to Mount Airy, looking for a slice of the simpler life and times depicted on the show.

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"The Andy Griffith Show” cast, from left: Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife, Ron Howard as Opie, and Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor.

Visitors in the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount
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Visitors in the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, N.C. Mount Airy served as the inspiration for Mayberry, which was the fictional setting for the popular 1960s TV show “The Andy Griffith Show.“

The jailhouse keys from “The Andy Griffith Show”
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The jailhouse keys from “The Andy Griffith Show” are on display at the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, N.C.

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Tourists sit outside Wally's Service, a replica from “The Andy Griffith Show” set, in Mount Airy, N.C. (July 3, 2012)

Kevin Mixon helps wife Donna Gail Mixon, of
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Kevin Mixon helps wife Donna Gail Mixon, of Walterboro, S.C., from a sidecar on display at the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, N.C. (July 3, 2012)

Mike and Terry Jones sit outside Wally's Service,
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Mike and Terry Jones sit outside Wally's Service, a replica of “The Andy Griffith Show” set, in Mount Airy, N.C. (July 3, 2012)

Statues of Andy and Opie Taylor, characters from
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Statues of Andy and Opie Taylor, characters from “The Andy Griffith Show,“ stand at the Andy Griffith Playhouse and Museum in Mount Airy, N.C. (July 3, 2012)

A bouquet placed at the foot of a
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A bouquet placed at the foot of a statue of Andy Griffith at Pullen Park in Raleigh, N.C. The museum in Mount Airy is not the only place where the actor is honored. (July 3, 2012)

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