North Carolina-Surry County-October 29

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-October 29

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Surry County was formed in 1771 from parts of then Rowan County. It’s county seat is Dobson and the population is about 73,000. Map of Surry County is outlined in red below.


Surry has been an important county to the state of North Carolina, with particular regard to granite production and the historic Andy Griffith Show.


The Saura were the original Native Americans to reside in present-day Surry, and the Great Wagon Road opened colonial settlement to the region in the early to mid-eighteenth century. One of North Carolina’s most distinct mountain peaks, Pilot Mountain, is located in Surry County.


Surry County best know town is Mount Airy, for it is home to Andy Griffith and the site of the largest granite quarry in the world. In 1889, the mine began full-scale production and Mount Airy was soon referred to as the “Granite City.”


Not only was Andy Griffith born in Mount Airy but the city also served as the inspiration for Mayberry, the setting for the hit 1960s The Andy Griffith Show.


Aired on the CBS network from October 1960 to September 1968, the series was known for its catchy intro whistle, Southern charm and community, and talented actors: Andy Griffith (Sheriff Andy Taylor), Ron Howard (Andy’s son Opie), and Don Knotts (Deputy Barney Fife). In all, 249 episodes were filmed, and several buildings such as the Old City Hall, the Andy Griffith Playhouse, Snappy Lunch, and Floyd’s City Barber Shop still exist in Surry County


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