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Andy Griffith Tribute Articles

andy griffith statueWhen our beloved “Mayberry Creator” passed away on July 3rd, 2012 the Mayberry Community reacted in kind by paying tribute after tribute on the web. Facebook absolutely exploded, as did other social networks. Soon afterward, many articles began to surface detailing Andy’s life, contributions and legacy. It’s amazing when you stop and think about how many people Andy’s life touched. I decided to collect every article I could find and share them in this post for all to read at leisure. These are wonderful. I hope you enjoy them.

Andy Griffith always remembered as sheriff of Mayberry, modeled after hometown

Andy Griffith —  A lasting legacy with timeless values

Goodbye, Mayberry

The Mayberry effect

Is the ideal of small-town America a myth?

The Small-Town Wisdom of Andy Griffith

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Plymouth, NC – Mayberry on the Roanoke River


Stroll Plymouth, NC’s Water Street along the riverfront  and in just four short blocks you’ll discover the top-rated Port ‘O Plymouth history/Civil War museum, The Roanoke River Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, a wildlife museum that offers a hands-on experience about local and exotic animals, a riverfront boardwalk and the Rail Switch Nature Trail. Browse waterfront antique shops and unique eateries along the way.

Outdoor adventures include fishing and fishing tournaments, fantastic bear, deer and small game hunting, unique paddling and river platform camping experiences and great birding opportunities. With its rich history, Plymouth is a great place for research, too. 

Established in 1787, Plymouth is older than Washington County. For 70 years prior to Plymouth’s founding, generations of the Rhodes family had been planters in the area. Arthur Rhodes founded what was to become Plymouth from land he acquired through inheritance, gift deeds and purchases. This collection of property became his plantation and was called Brick House. From that property he sectioned off one hundred acres, subdividing them into 172 lots, which he would sell. These lots were the beginnings of Plymouth. He sold 16 lots.

Rhodes ended his enterprise in 1790 and he and his wife sold the remaining lots, except for two or three kept for themselves, to nine trustees for 860 pounds. The trustees installed posts to mark streets and planted trees. In 1807, Plymouth became the first incorporated town in the newly–formed Washington County.


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Edenton aims to draw tourists with new businesses



The Virginian-Pilot
© October 18, 2009

By Connie Sage,  Correspondent


With a 12 percent jobless rate, this tourism-dependent community of 5,000 has been hit hard by the recession.

But entrepreneurs are hoping that more than a half-dozen new or planned restaurants, inns and a yacht club will lure guests to historic Edenton.

A new bed and breakfast had its coming-out party last week. Another inn is to open by December. Two oyster bars and grills are to be in business by November. Another eatery had its grand opening earlier this month. There’s a new bistro at the local country club. And a local chef expects to start serving dinner before Christmas.

Paul Waff has leased space for an oyster bar and grill in a new three-story building at his Wharf Landing condominium community. Wharf Landing overlooks the juncture of the Chowan River and the Albemarle Sound at the Chowan River Bridge.



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Davidson, NC Selected For NC Main Street Program

27769135Source: The Davidsonian

By Katie Lovett

On Tuesday, Sep. 22, town officials received word that Davidson has been accepted into the North Carolina Main Street program.
According to the North Carolina Main Street Center, the program “helps small towns to recognize and preserve their historic fabric” by utilizing local resources to “build on their unique characteristics to create vibrant central business districts that meet the needs of today’s communities.”

Developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the program offers funding for the renewal of small town main streets and has proven successful in over a thousand smaller communities across the United States.

Since the establishment of the program in 1980, North Carolina Main Street downtowns have experienced a gain of $1.1 billion in new investments, a net gain of 13,000 jobs, a net gain of 3,100 businesses  and the renovation of 3,000 buildings. Nationwide, Main Street communities have received more than $41.6 billion of new public and private investment in their downtowns.

The Main Street program utilizes a four-point approach to implement its objective of downtown redevelopment and revitalization: organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring in central business districts.

Building partnerships between diverse groups including merchants, bankers, public officials, civic groups and the chamber of commerce promotes effective management and downtown leadership. The program aims to restore downtown areas as attractions for shoppers, investors and tourists by improving retail merchandising and rejuvenating community involvement.

The four-point approach also includes enhancing the aesthetic quality of the downtown area with attention to environmental elements and public improvements.
 Finally, the program seeks to diversify the economic base of the community while maintaining and strengthening the existing economic assets of the business district.

The town of Davidson hopes to benefit from the program guidance, technical assistance, training, networking, advocacy and leadership that the North Carolina Main Street Center offers. Over the past year, Davidson has been devising a new comprehensive plan for the redevelopment of the downtown area.

Beginning with a restructuring that shifted the director of the non-profit Downtown Davidson Inc. (DDI) to a department head position in Town Hall, town officials have been seeking to improve the local business climate.


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Upcoming Book Signings at Mayberry Days


This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Mayberry Days, the annual pilgrimage for all Andy Griffith Show fans to the town that started it all, Mount Airy, NC.

I go to Mount Airy often since I am fortunate enough to live about 25 minutes away. I see all walks of life walking around downtown…all of them excited to have found Mayberry. It can be 30 degrees and raining and there will still be a good sized group walking down Main Street and standing in line for a pork chop sandwich at Snappy’s. I love to see all the young kids wearing Mayberry t-shirts.

If you’re in town for Mayberry Days come by and say hey. I’ll be with my good friends, Debbie and Darrel Miles at Mayberry on Main on Friday…and I’ll be in the parade Saturday morning, then at The Surry Arts Council for the rest of the day. myairy809 010

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Ministering in Mayberry (guest blog)

This new age of connectedness never ceases to amaze me. Dr. Steve Lindsley and I connected over Facebook when I noticed that he & I were into the same things, except he’s a preacher and I’m just a drummer in a praise band. Ha! Long story short, Steve and I scheduled a time to meet over coffee in Mount Airy at the Good Life Cafe’.  As expected, Steve and I got along famously and we’re looking forward to more meetings and spirited conversation. Steve’s a fascinating guy. Enjoy his thoughts on what it’s like being a “Mayberry Preacher” and be sure to check out all his links. Thank you, brother Steve!

FPCMA (Anna Wood)There’s a magazine clipping that hangs on the wall outside my study at the church.  It’s an ad out of some exciting minister-type publication for a specialized urban ministry degree.  There’s a middle-aged man in business suit standing in front of a city skyline; his arms crossed and a smile across his face.  The tagline at the top, in large bold font, reads, “Because You DON’T Minister In Mayberry.” 

Huh.  This is news to me, you see, because I actually do minister in Mayberry.  Every day. 

So I did the only thing I could when I first found it – I called the number on the ad and explained to the poor soul who answered the phone how, since March 2003, I’d ministered with the fine folks of First Presbyterian Church of Mount Airy, NC, hometown of Andy Griffith and the inspiration for his Mayberry creation.   There was an uncomfortable silence on the other end of the line.  Apparently he didn’t quite get it. 

And I can’t blame him, really.  The whole Mayberry thing can be elusive.  Life as we know it today it is too complex, too technicolor for a classic 50’s sitcom.  So how does one minister in Mayberry anyway – when every problem is solved in half an hour and the closest you come to a community crisis is Andy having to summon his marriage counseling skills or an inebriated Otis wandering the streets? 

In all truth, ministering in Mayberry doesn’t look and feel much different from ministering in any of the other tens of thousands of small American towns out there.  Mount Airy exhibits all the classic signs of life in the 21st century.  We’ve got a movie theater with stadium seats, free wifi around town (lots of hot spots, actually), a Chili’s restaurant, great coffee shops, a Rotary Club (of which I’m a member), a solid school system, a community college.  These may not seem like such a big deal for the big city folk, but for a town of 10,000 it’s pretty nifty. 

At the same time we also face the same economic challenges that other small towns deal with – factories closing, a dwindling manufacturing base, lots of homes for sale, struggling economy.   It’s going to take more than a thirty-minute sitcom to make things right.  And then there’s what I like to call the “Mayberry expectations” which come with the territory.  Case in point: not too long after I arrived the city had a vote on “liquor by the drink.”  What wound up  passing fairly easily was still met with resistance by some who claimed that “it wasn’t Mayberry.”  A similar sentiment was expressed when a local scandal rocked the community that involved some things that’d make Aunt Bea blush.  More than once I heard people say they “just can’t believe this would happen in Mayberry!”

So ministering in Mayberry has meant negotiating this dual identity with integrity and faithfulness, which I try to capture in my sermons every week..  And the thing is, it’s an absolute joy.  It may sound hokey but it’s true: people are relatively at ease here, more willing  to adopt a simpler way of life.  You stroll Main Street on a sunny day and folks wave and smile at you, even (and especially) if they have no clue who you are.  You stop in for a cup of coffee at the Good Life Cafe and almost always see someone you know – and if you don’t yet know someone, you probably will soon.  And it carries over to Sunday mornings, especially in the comments I hear from visitors who remark how warm and friendly the church was; how people greeted them with a smile and handshake and invited them back.  Believe me, this isn’t something a pastor can coach our flocks to do.  We can’t make this sort of thing happen.  It’s just who these people are. 

Which is pretty much what I told the seminary guy who made that magazine ad.  I told him that Mayberry exists wherever people enjoy life, wherever folks live simply, wherever they follow the time-old Biblical mantra:  do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  It can be in a big city with skyscrapers reaching to the heavens, or a small town of 10,000 where most everyone knows your name. 

Although I must admit to being quite partial to the small town myself.  Especially when it’s Mount Airy you’re talking about.  The search may go on elsewhere, but this place will always be Mayberry to me. 

SBL While I'm Here insideDr. Steve Lindsley is author of The Mayberry Preacher, a blog of his weekly sermons as pastor/head of staff at First Presbyterian Church of Mount Airy.  He’s also a singer/songwriter performing regularly, instructor at Surry Community College, and author of the blog Thoughts and Musings on Faith, Music, Family, Life.  Most importantly he is husband to a wonderful wife, father to two young boys, and caretaker for four dogs and two cats.