Fictional Sheriff Andy Taylor lives on, at least in spirit. Echoes of the classic Andy Griffith Show
abound in Mount Airy, which inspired the show's fictional setting of Mayberry. Artifacts from Griffith's boyhood and the timeless show, including its courthouse doors, are housed in the Andy Griffith Museum, and you can take a guided tour in a period squad car past landmarks such as Floyd's City Barber Shop. Every September, diehards come to celebrate Mayberry Days. Also nearby are restaurants, golf courses, and wineries.