Andy Griffith
Photo courtesy of LeRoy Mack McNees

Visit the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy to get an up-close down-home flavor of the town where Andy Griffith grew up, a small and historic city that currently has a population of approximately 10,000 residents.

Founded in 2007, the Museum underwent a major high-tech transformation in 2017, according to journalnow.com, to add more exciting ways to experience the life of the writer, comedian, actor and musician.

Griffith’s career started with a witty monologue he wrote and performed as a stand-up comic entitled “What It Was Was Football,” which led to television appearances, Broadway, film, television, and, eventually, his own television show, rated one of the best television shows of all time. “What It Was Was Football” was one of many monologues he wrote when his career began to climb in the 1950s and remains a popular classic today.

Andy Griffith‘s homespun humor attracted its widest audience with The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s. After 50 years, the series is still on the air in re-runs on many classic television stations and can be seen on YouTube. You can read about how he interacted with the shows writers here: metv.com. The Andy Griffith Show continues to get positive reviews and high rankings through Common Sense Media.

Read more about the life and works of the actor, writer and comedian at biography.com.

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The Andy Griffith Museum is the sixth stop on our North Carolina Trail!

Patricia Smart