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In Search of Mayberry: A Guide to North Carolina's Favorite Small Towns

Scott Dickson

Parkway Publishers
$19.95 paperback
8 ½ x 11   
116 pages
Published in 2005

While Andy Griffith may have created the mythical town of Mayberry, North Carolina, for his television show, it may not actually be 100 percent make-believe. The small, sleepy little town, full of extremely nice people and memorable characters is a legacy that North Carolina and its people will probably never forget. In fact, most North Carolinians embrace the show and the fact that it is most likely based on Mount Airy, North Carolina. Andy Griffith is the state’s favorite son, and the town portrayed in the show is just as much a part of North Carolina as ACC basketball, the Carolina Panthers, Grandfather Mountain, or the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.

Written and photographed by Pfafftown, North Carolina native and Winston-Salem Journal veteran Scott Dickson, In Search of Mayberry is a fascinating look into some of North Carolina’s most celebrated and loved small towns. If you are an Andy Griffith Show fan you are sure to enjoy this material. Dickson focuses on small-town values and beliefs and guides the reader through 12 towns and villages, centering his pictures and descriptions on the town and its history. Featured in Mount Airy are tourist attractions such as Snappy Lunch, Floyd’s Barber Shop, the Visitor’s Center, and Mayberry landmarks; shopping including Specialty Gifts and Mayberry Consignments; and dining, such as the Wagon Wheel and Aunt Bea’s Barbecue. His attention to small-town living and atmosphere compels the reader to want to learn more and visit the areas noted in the book. Whether you’re looking to relocate, go for a scenic drive, or searching for a great place to vacation and shop, these twelve towns are sure to deliver exactly what you’re looking for. Take some time to explore our great state and you will surely discover many hidden and many not-so-hidden treasures.

The following twelve North Carolina small towns are covered in this book: Dillsboro, Black Mountain, West Jefferson, Mount Olive, Liberty, Hillsborough, Elkin, Davidson, Mount Airy, Southport, Beaufort, and Swansboro.