Mayberry, North Carolina - Rural
southern town on the sitcom THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW/CBS/1960-68.
Located somewhere in the eastern portion of North Carolina near the
Virginia border, Mayberry (population 5260) was the home of Sheriff
Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), his Aunt Bee Taylor (Frances Bavier)
and his small son, Opie (Ronny Howard). Assisting Andy was Deputy
Barney Fife (Don Knotts), his well-meaning but bumbling cousin.
Andy Taylor once described his town as "just a little town. We
hang around, get up in the morning and go to work and come home. For
entertainment, we have television and movies, and we take rides in
the car out of town on Sundays."
Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee, Opie, Gomer
The town's roster of citizens included:
- Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors), a gas
pumper and mechanic at Wally's Filling Station
- Helen Crump (Aneta
Corsaut), Opie's elementary school teacher and Andy's future wife
- Floyd Lawson (Howard McNear), the town's only barber
- Otis Campbell (Hal Smith), an alcoholic who often slept off
his drunken stupors at the Mayberry jailhouse
- Howard Sprague (Jack Dodson), the County Clerk
- Emmett Clark (Paul Hartman), the town's fix-it man
- Thelma Lou (Betty Lynn), Barney's longtime girlfriend
- Clara Edwards (Hope Summers), the town's gossip and friend of
- Warren Ferguson (Jack Burns), hw took took over as deputy when
Barney Fife left town..
Lyrics about Mayberry written by
Aunt Bee and Clara Edwards
My home town is the greatest place I know,
Where the neighbors I find are gentle and kind,
And the living is easy and slow,
My hometown is the only place to be,
Here the worries are small, and
And the kids grow tall and healthy & free,
It's my hometown, my hometown,
A spin-off series MAYBERRY, R.F.D./CBS/1968-71 starred Ken Berry as
newcomer Sam Jones, a widower/gentleman farmer who raised his small
son Mike (Buddy Foster) with the able assistance of Andy's Aunt Bee
and later Aunt Alice (Alice Ghostley). Sam's girlfriend was Millie
Swanson (Arlene Golonka). Goober Pyle (George Lindsey), Gomer's
cousin and most of the regulars from the original series continued
their roles as Mayberry's town folks.
On the two hour reunion "Return to Mayberry" telecast on NBC on
April 13, 1986, Andy Taylor who had moved out of Mayberry to work as
a Postal Supervisor, returned home to run for his old job of
Sheriff, only to find that Barney Fife was also running for the
vacancy. In the final scene of the program, Andy (newly elected as
Sheriff) and Barney (again his Deputy) were seen on the main street
of Mayberry taking down the flag from the town's flagpole. One of
the happy points of the program found Barney finally marrying Thelma
Lou, who had returned to Mayberry on a visit.
Cast of 'Mayberry, RFD'
The original town of Mayberry featured on THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW was
located on the back lots of Culver City Studios. The 1986 reunion
movie used the small town of Los Olivos as the backdrop for
Mayberry. Los Olivos is located near President Reagan's Ranch near
In 1992, THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW REUNION special featured a candid
description of Mayberry by Andy Griffith in which he said:
"You won't find Mayberry on any map of North or South Carolina cause
Mayberry was a mythical town, kind of a state of mind. Over the
years a lot of people have come to believe that Mayberry is based on
my home town (Mt. Airy, North Carolina) and, it is NOT, cause real
towns have real problems that have to be dealt with. All of
Mayberry's problems were solved in half an hour. It was a place full
of joy, sometimes a lot of laughs and always a lot of love."
The town of Mayberry was first seen on the February, 15, 1960
episode of THE DANNY THOMAS SHOW when Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy
Taylor cited a New York City nightclub entertainer, Danny Williams
(Danny Thomas) with a moving violation while traveling through the
fair town of Mayberry.
The places most visited by Mayberry residents were the neighboring
towns of Raleigh and Mt. Pilot and the fishing holes at Meyer's Lake
(actually a small lake in Coldwater Canyon, outside of Los Angeles).
TRIVIA NOTE: Opie Taylor's first name
was taken from Opie Cates, a prominent bandleader from the 1940s and
1950s whom Andy Griffith admired. Fans of Andy Griffith can visit
his hometown of Mt. Airy (37 miles northwest of Winston-Salem) to
see the Andy Griffith Playhouse and his boyhood home at 711 East
Haymore Street. And if you get hungry you can visit the Mayberry
Cafe in Danville, Indiana as well as the Blue Goose in Starkville,
Mississippi; Brown's Diner in Nashville, Tennessee; and Dick's Hot
Dog Stand in Wilson, North Carolina-all of which celebrate the
Mayberry mystique. Another interesting trivia point: within 30 miles
of Mt. Airy are the municipalities of Lawsonville, Walkertown,
Crumpler, and Taylorville. Is it a coincidence that characters on
THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW are named Floyd Lawson, Ellie Walker, Helen
Crump and Andy Taylor?
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