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Opie’s Candy Store is located on North Main Street in downtown Mount Airy, NC, the hometown of Andy Griffith and the inspiration for Mayberry on the classic sitcom, “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Opie’s specializes in “Olde-Tyme” goodies you knew as a kid like, Chocolate Covered Raisins, Caramel Cremes, andΒ Double Dip Peanuts.Β  Young and old alike come into Opie’s Candy Store from all over the country and other parts of the world for the friendly folks and down home sweet treats.

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Opie's Candy Store

On January 17, 1874, Chang and Eng Bunker, the original Siamese twins, died. The Bunkers were born in Thailand (then Siam) in 1811, and amassed a fortune for themselves on the circus and exhibition circuit before retiring to North Carolina in 1839. They first lived in Wilkes County, where they married sisters Sarah and Adelaide Yates. With growing families, the brothers purchased land in Surry County and built large homes a little over a mile apart. For the rest of their lives they spent three nights at one house and then three nights at the other. Eng and Sarah Bunker eventually had eleven children, while Chang and Adelaide had ten.

After the devastating losses during the Civil War, the twins returned briefly to the circus. They traveled to Europe where, between shows, they searched in vain for a doctor to separate them. In January of 1874, Chang contracted bronchitis and died in his sleep. Eng awakened and, horrified by the sight of his dead twin, quickly fell into paralysis. A doctor was summoned, but did not arrive until after Eng had died. The two were buried in a common grave at the White Plains Baptist Church cemetery in Surry County.
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