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Tommy's Andy Griffith Birthday Celebration

Friday, August 17, 2012

Today is Tommy's birthday! Because he has been a lifelong fan of Andy Griffith and the show, his sister reserved Andy's childhood home in Mt. Airy, NC for me and Tommy to spend the night in. We drove to Mt. Airy yesterday afternoon and checked in at 3:00. Tommy's sister Lisa, her husband Dale, and Tommy’s parents met us there. They stayed in the Hampton Inn (who now owns Andy's old home).

After checking in we drove to the house and were delighted when we opened the door and stepped back in time. Much of the furnishings are 50's and 60's style decor and very little has been updated. The only newer appliances in the kitchen were the refrigerator, microwave and a little coffee maker. In the living room was a DVD player with the entire collection of the Andy Griffith Show.


Andy Griffith's childhood home at 711 Haymore St, Mt. Airy, NC


Me in the kitchen, but I didn't do any cooking (I should have).


Living Room


Master Bedroom


Hard to believe that this little room not much larger than some walk-in closets was Andy's bedroom. A back porch has now been enclosed as a second bedroom.

While we were at the house we noticed a number of cars pulling up to stop and take pictures. Remembering how many times we've been up there and wished we could see inside, we began inviting some people to come in and check out the inside. It was fun because we talked to people from Georgia, Texas, Missouri, West Virginia, and several other places and they all seemed excited to have the opportunity to see inside.

Later we all drove to Dobson, NC (only 10 miles away) where we had dinner at a fantastic restaurant named The Depot. I didn't eat as healthy as I should have, but I did pass on the prime rib and opted for a chicken dish, some potatoes and apples instead. It could have been much worse. We then drove back to the house where we had a birthday cake in the beautiful back yard.


Tommy with his birthday cake.


Tommy and his family enjoying birthday cake (yes I had a small piece).

Later that night we went to the theater on Main Street where they had free live music. We then walked around town a little before heading back to the house for the night.

My sister woke me up with a telephone call this morning to tell me that my niece delivered a baby boy at 3:02 this morning - on Tommy's birthday!! For those of you who have been my friends here for several years, this is my same niece who lost her sweet baby Maddie to Leigh's Disease (a mitochondrial disease). Baby Maddie was buried the same day Tommy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Stephanie and Jimmy now have a sweet, healthy daughter named Abby and now little Jay. We are so thrilled for them.

After meeting Tommy's family for breakfast, we did some sightseeing around town and then went to the Andy Griffith Museum. Betty Lynn (also known as Thelma Lou on the Andy Griffith Show) was there today. We were so happy to meet her and found her to be a warm and genuine person.


Me and Tommy with Betty Lynn


Tommy gets a birthday kiss from Thelma Lou.

What a great two days. We finally made it home this evening and we are exhausted, but it was so much fun. Off to bed early tonight since I have to get back to work tomorrow.


A little souvenir we brought home with us.


Me and Tommy

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  • DOGSTARDADDY
    Awesome!!!!!
    1572 days ago
  • PAMNANGEL
    How fun! Thanks for the photo tour!
    1573 days ago
  • GRANNYQUINN
    Wow , so much excitng news, First Happy Birthday Tom , what a great way to celebrate. Second Congrtas on the new addition to your family. emoticon . This is all such good news. This looks like a wonderful place to visit , I adore visiting our countries real towns and people. I am glad you had a good time . PS You look Awesome. Hugs Karen
    1573 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/19/2012 12:33:29 PM
  • LYNDALOVES2HIKE
    Now that is a truly unique and interesting way to celebrate - good for you!
    1574 days ago
  • GOLFGMA
    Thanks for letting us enjoy the birthday for Tommy in pictures. Your SIL did great to plan such a nice birthday for Tommy. You both look wonderful! emoticon
    1574 days ago
  • OBIESMOM2
    I'm a big Andy fan, too.

    what an awesome b'day!

    congrats on the baby.
    1575 days ago
  • WORLDSERIES11
    What a wonderful experience!! And news of the new baby just made the experience that much more special!! Happy Birthday Tommy!! emoticon
    Love Andy Griffith!! And Love all the pictures...thanks for sharing!!
    1575 days ago
  • EMPTYNESTER60
    Sure wish you guys had been staying there when we were one of those people driving by taking pictures many years ago emoticon It must have been so awesome to spend the night in Andy's house. I love Mt Airy! It is truly a quaint little NC mountain town. So glad you were able to have this neat experience.

    emoticon Tommy!
    1575 days ago
  • CAROLJ35
    WHAT A NEAT EXPERIENCE!!! And you did such a good job of describing - makes me want to visit there!
    Tonight, as I rode recumbent bike, I watched interview of Andy on public television. Such a down-to-earth person.
    Thanks for sharing!
    1575 days ago
  • HICKOK-HALEY
    How much fun, and so sweet of your SIL to arrange everything for you. I always liked Andy Griffith. The home looks good. I love the kitchen. Happy Birthday to Tommy, a little late!
    1575 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    Looks like a really good birthday celebration!
    1575 days ago
  • LASKIE2
    Wow, these pictures of Andy Griffin's childhood home are great! I had no idea the home still exist! Sorry to hear about your niece's baby, and about Tommy. Looks like wveryone had a good time. Thanks for sharing!
    1575 days ago
  • NELLIEC
    Wow, the picture of the kitchen looks a lot like my Grandmother's kitchen!

    It sounds like a great time!
    1575 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Thanks for sharing Tommy's great day:) And really nice of both of you to let the curious onlookers inside for a peek -- bet you made THEIR day too!
    Deirdre
    1575 days ago
  • _JODI404
    What a wonderful experience!!!

    I always enjoy your blogs & your pictures! Tommy is looking good ~ I hope he's feeling well too!

    Glad you enjoyed some cake too. I'm a firm believer in enjoying special occasion treats... *especially* birthday cake!! emoticon

    Thanks for taking the time to share this with us! Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

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    1575 days ago
  • NANCYPAT1
    That is SOOOOOOO cool. I have always been an Andy Griffith fan also. Maybe one of these years I will have MY birthday there too. That sounds like a totally wonderful thing to do. I think you are awesome to do that.
    1575 days ago
  • ILOVEMALI
    Love this!
    1575 days ago
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