One acquaintance says he spoke with Griffith about the museum idea before he passed. Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long, whose parents were friends with Griffith, recalls a discussion with the "Matlock" star about the possibility in 2007. Long says Griffith wanted the museum to include memorabilia from his careers in both acting and music.
Griffith's will, dated two months before his 2012 death, makes no mention of the museum, or the property in question. He bought the house, smaller than the one he lived in with Cindi when he died, after experiencing his first real sucess.