Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina - Home of Mayberry

Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry

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Outside of the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, North Carolina — the town that inspired the fictional town of Mayberry — there’s a statue of two main characters from The Andy Griffith Show, (a popular television program that ran on CBS in the 1960s). The Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy features bronze likenesses of the characters Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) and his son Opie Taylor (Ron Howard).

Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina - Home of Mayberry

The bronze statueof the classic TV characters was donated by TV Land, a station known for it’s nostalgic programming and old-time reruns, in 2004. Dubbed “Goin’ Fishin’,” it depicts a fishing scene from the show’s opening credits. The Mayberry Andy Griffith statue is a copy of the original that was placed in the state’s capital of Raleigh.

Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina - Home of Mayberry

In front of the sculpture is a plaque with the inscription: A simpler time. A sweeter place. A lesson. A laugh. A father and a son.

Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina - Home of Mayberry

The Andy and Opie statue is one of several sculptures of characters and actors from classic television series that the television station TV Land has commissioned since the early 2000s.

Other classic TV character statues from TV Land include:

Bob Newhart as Dr. Robert Hartley from The Bob Newhart Show (Navy Pier, Chicago)

Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden from The Honeymooners (Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York City)

Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens from Bewitched (Lappin Park, Salem, Massachusetts)

Elvis Presley from Aloha from Hawaii (Neal Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu)

Henry Winkler as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli from Happy Days – AKA the “Bronze Fonz” (Milwaukee Riverwalk, Milwaukee)

Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Richards from The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Minneapolis, Minnesota)


Mayberry Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy

Location: 218 Rockford St., Mount Airy NC
Hours: Always visible.
Cost: Free to see.


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Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina - Home of Mayberry
Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry
Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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