Andy Griffith's widow Cindi Griffith is all set to tear down the home of the TV legend in North Carolina, angering family, and friends. ABC News reported on Wednesday, March 20 that Andy Griffith's family, friends, and fans are very upset that Andy's widow would want to tear down the home he loved so much, hoping that it would be preserved into a museum estate.
Dare County records reveal that Cindi Griffith obtained the permit for the home's demolition on Monday, March 18. County officials and close friends of Andy Griffith have stated that the permit obtained was filed to demolish a smaller home on the property that Andy purchased back in 1950, not the larger estate that he and his wife built a number of years ago.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, several of Griffith’s long-time friends had conversations with him about his plans for the smaller house. None of them believe Cindi is doing what Andy would have wanted.
Della Basnight said, “When he gave her the power to do anything, I don’t think he thought she would want to do that.”
Ira David Wood III, another friend of Griffith who’s known him since 1968, thought the property would be preserved and maintained like Elvis Presley’s Graceland property.
“I imagine Cindi has her reasons, and I don’t pretend to know what they are,” Wood said. “It’s a beautiful bit of property with a lot of memories attached to it. I just hope they’re not moving too fast.”
"The Andy Griffith Show" debuted on CBS between October 3, 1960, and April 1, 1968. Andy Griffith portrays the widowed sheriff of the fictional small community of Mayberry, North Carolina. His life is complicated by an inept, but well-meaning deputy, Barney Fife (Don Knotts), a spinster aunt and housekeeper, Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), and a precocious young son, Opie (Ron Howard).
The series never placed lower than seventh in the Nielsen ratings and ended its final season at number one. It has been ranked by TV Guide as the 9th-best show in American television history.
Andy Griffith's family and friends believe that it was Andy's wish to one day turn the home into the museum to include items from his TV shows, along with memorabilia from his music career, Long said. They didn't discuss whether it would compete with the Andy Griffith Museum in Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy, Long said.
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