Ron Howard Visits City Andy Griffith ‘Spoke So Lovingly’ of in North Carolina

by Leanne Stahulak

This weekend, actor and director Ron Howard visited a place that was near and dear to Andy Griffith, who Howard worked with back in the 1960s.

Howard starred in several classic TV shows in his early acting days, including “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Happy Days,” and “Gunsmoke.” But the TV star really built up a solid relationship with Griffith, who played Howard’s father on the fictional Mayberry, North Carolina-based show.

Speaking of North Carolina, Ron Howard visited the state earlier this weekend, per a recommendation from the late Andy Griffith. Howard posted a selfie in front of the Burrus House Inn in the city of Manteo, North Carolina.

“Cheryl & I had a great weekend at #BurrusHouseInn #ManteoNC,” Ron Howard wrote in his caption. “The Inn deserves its high rating on Trip Advisor. Andy Griffith always spoke so lovingly of beautiful Manteo. Terrific for fishing & family adventure. Not far from #KittyHawk of #WrightBrothers 1st flight fame.”

It’s no wonder that Andy Griffith spoke so “lovingly” of Manteo to Ron Howard. He lived in that city up until he died in 2012, after all.

According to Outer Banks This Week, Griffith lived on 70 acres of land on the outskirts of the city, which is located on Roanoake Island. But less than a year after he died, Griffith’s widow Cindi Griffith made plans to demolish the old home of the beloved actor.

Per The Washington Post, Cindi obtained demolition permits in 2013, but it’s unclear if she followed through with plans to raze the house. The outlet reports that a close friend of Andy Griffith’s, William Ivey Long, said the actor wanted the house turned into a museum. Or at least that he wouldn’t mind if it was.

At this time, you can still visit the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, North Carolina, where the star grew up.

Ron Howard Remembers Andy Griffith and Others in Memoir ‘The Boys’

Last October, Ron Howard released a memoir called “The Boys,” which recounted his life growing up with his brother Clint Howard.

“The Boys” contained several stories of Ron Howard’s celebrity encounters growing up. He also dove into the personal relationships he established with stars on set. Of course, we know Howard got along well with Andy Griffith. But he didn’t really know Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle on the show.

“I wasn’t as close with Jim Nabors, though he was an extremely nice man. It took me until the ’80s, when we did the Return to Mayberry reunion film, for me to discover that Jim was not just this friendly ‘Gollee! goofball,” Howard said. “But a worldly, intelligent guy with whom I would enjoy having conversations.”

We’re sure the two had a much better connection once Howard grew older.