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Mt. Airy in Surry County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Andy Griffith Show
 
The Andy Griffith Show Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 14, 2012
1. The Andy Griffith Show Marker
 
Inscription. The Andy Griffith Show. A simpler time • a sweeter place • a lesson • a laugh • a father and a son.
 
Erected by the people of TV Land.
 
Location. 36° 29.87′ N, 80° 36.52′ W. Marker is in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, in Surry County. Marker is on Rockford Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in front of the Andy Griffith Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Airy NC 27030, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stoneman’s Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); 90 MM Gun Tank M47 Patton (approx. 1.4 miles away); Siamese Twins (approx. 3.3 miles away); Patrick County / North Carolina (approx. 4.8 miles away in Virginia); Stuart's Birthplace (approx. 5.4 miles away in Virginia); Laurel Hill (approx. 5.4 miles away in Virginia); Hardin Taliaferro (approx. 6 miles away); Patrick County Virginia / North Carolina (approx. 8.1 miles away in Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Mt. Airy.
 
Also see . . .
 
Andy and Opie Taylor Photo, Click for full size
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 14, 2012
2. Andy and Opie Taylor
From a scene in the opening credits of The Andy Griffith Show.
 

1. The Andy Griffith Show. Wikipedia entry. “The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom first televised by CBS between October 3, 1960, and April 1, 1968. Andy Griffith portrays a widowed sheriff in the fictional small community of Mayberry, North Carolina.” (Submitted on July 4, 2012.) 

2. Andy Griffith (1926–2012). Wikipedia Entry. “Andrew Samuel ‘Andy’ Griffith (June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012) was an American actor, television producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. A Tony Award nominee for two roles, he gained prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan’s film A Face in the Crowd (1957) before he became better known for his television roles, playing the lead characters in the 1960–1968 situation comedy The Andy Griffith Show and in the 1986–1995 legal drama Matlock.(Submitted on July 4, 2012.) 

3. ‘Mayberry’ remembers Andy Griffith. CNN news article and Larry King interview of Andy Griffith and Don Knotts. “Just a few miles south of the Virginia state line, Mount Airy, North Carolina—a former stagecoach stop along the Ararat River—is thought to have inspired Mayberry, the fictional town where ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ was supposedly set.” (Submitted on July 3, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.) 
 
The Andy Griffith Show Statue Photo, Click for full size
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 14, 2012
3. The Andy Griffith Show Statue
Opie was played by Ron Howard, today a prominent film director and producer.
 

4. TV Land to Unveil ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Statue. This pair of statues are a copy of the ones first erected by TV Land in Raleigh at Pullen Park. “The StudioEIS sculpture and design team is comprised of 10 members which includes portrait Sculptor, Stuart Williamson, a former Senior Sculptor at Madam Tussaud’s London. All are under the direction of Ivan Schwartz, Studio Director and Art Director for the project.” (Submitted on July 4, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
 
Andy Griffith and Ron Howard<br>as Andy and Opie Taylor Photo, Click for full size
Publicity Photo from Wikimedia Commons, 1961
4. Andy Griffith and Ron Howard
as Andy and Opie Taylor
“Publicity photo of Andy Griffith and Ron Howard from the television program The Andy Griffith Show. The photo was to remind people when the show would return to the air [on the CBS television network] with new episodes, and to be careful driving because it was now school time.”
 
 
Andy Griffith Photo, Click for full size
Publicity Photo from Wikimedia Commons, 1955
5. Andy Griffith
“Earliest date stamp [on the back of this photograph] is from 1957, but the photo dates back to 1955, when Griffith first appeared on The U.S. Steel Hour in the production ‘No Time for Sergeants.’ The production was aired 15 March 1955 and the press release refers to 15 March in the copy.”
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 642 times since then. This page was the Marker of the Week July 8, 2012. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 15, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.   4, 5. submitted on July 4, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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