Hampton Hotels Heads to Mayberry To Fix Up The Andy Griffith Show’s Old City Jail
Volunteers from Hampton Hotels’ Save-A-Landmark program refurbish site in time for annual Mayberry Days
McLean, VA., September 17, 2009 – In 1960, the first episode of The Andy Griffith Show aired, and characters like Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife won over the hearts of viewers everywhere. The fictional town of Mayberry felt like home for many. Now, fans can visit familiar Mayberry landmarks in Mount Airy, N.C., Andy Griffith’s hometown, like the Old City Jail. Today volunteers from Hampton Hotels’ Save-A-Landmark program (www.hamptonlandmarks.com) will help restore this historic site. The jail is the 48th landmark refurbished in the 39th state through the Save-A-Landmark program.
More than 20 volunteers gathered from local Hampton Hotels throughout North Carolina to help preserve the site in time for the annual Mayberry Days festival. The work included general cleaning of the facility and painting. Hampton Hotels’ Save-A-Landmark program will donate $10,000 to the Old City Jail for future refurbishment efforts including renewed flooring at the site.
“The Andy Griffith Show is truly a representation of American life in the 1960s,” said Judy Christa-Cathey, vice president of global brand marketing for Hampton Hotels. “I can still remember watching the show with my family and feeling a connection to those characters and the town of Mayberry. Hampton Hotels’ Save-A-Landmark program is helping to ensure the Old City Jail and the spirit of Mayberry are carried on for future generations to enjoy.”
About Hampton Hotels
Hampton, which includes Hampton Inn, Hampton by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites hotels, is a mid-priced leader in the lodging segment. Hampton is part of Hilton Hotels Corporation, a leading global hospitality company based in McLean, VA, with more than 3,300 hotels and 550,000 rooms in 77 countries and more than 130,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises some of the best known and highly regarded hotel brands including Hilton, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Homewood Suites by Hilton, the Waldorf Astoria and the Waldorf Astoria Collection, as well as the recently launched Home2 Suites by Hilton. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors. For more information about the company, please visit www.hiltonfamily.com.
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