ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Mount Airy, North Carolina - History, Attractions, Things To See & Do

Updated on October 6, 2007
Andy & Opie Heading for Their Favorite Fishin' Hole
Andy & Opie Heading for Their Favorite Fishin' Hole

History:

Mount Airy, North Carolina, is a beautiful community located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Surry County, which borders Virginia. The first settlers around the Mount Airy town site apparently arrived before 1747, when Jefferson and Frye made a map of the region and noted the presence of settlers. Incorporation took place in 1885, after which, the granite quarry began production on a large scale, tobacco factories began to spring up, and the first furniture factory work started. In 1976, the Town of Mount Airy became the City of Mount Airy. Mount Airy was the first city in the nation to win the STAR award for its safety program.

The city is the birthplace of actor Andy Griffith, and is considered to have been the inspiration for the fictional town of Mayberry, where The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD were set. Several local references in the shows link Mayberry to Mount Airy, including the Snappy Lunch, a restaurant in Mount Airy, and Mount Pilot, which pertains to the nearby town of Pilot Mountain. Other local references include Bannertown, Stokes County, and Fancy Gap, VA. Several larger North Carolina cities were mentioned as well, including Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Siler City, Charlotte, Raleigh, Asheville, and Wilmington.

Mount Airy was also the home of Chang and Eng Bunker, the famous Siamese Twins. They were joined at the chest by a band of cartilage and traveled with the Barnum circus for several years. After retiring, they married sisters from North Carolina and bought farms in the community of White Plains, just west of Mount Airy.

Area Attractions / Things To See & Do:

  • The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History educates visitors about the area. Exhibits include topics such as the world's largest open face granite quarry, Saura Indians, and the Yadkin River.
  • The annual Mayberry Days celebration during the last weekend of September attracts thousands of visitors from around the world.
  • At The Andy Griffith Playhouse is the statue dedicated to Andy Griffith by TV Land during Mayberry Days in 2004. The statue depicts Andy & Opie Taylor walking with fishing poles toward the lake as in the famous opening scene for The Andy Griffith Show.
  • Mount Airy has an abundance of Bluegrass and old-time music. Jam sessions are a common occurrence at The Andy Griffith Playhouse
  • Mount Airy is a short drive from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Not far up the Parkway is Mabry Mill in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. The mill is a favorite stop for photographers. Also off the Blue Ridge Parkway is Levering Orchard.
  • The area is great for nature lovers. The state parks of Pilot Mountain, Hanging Rock and Stone Mountain are all within driving distance.
  • The Autumn Leaves Festival attracts thousands in October each year for music, crafts, and food.
  • In Ararat, Virginia, only about 6 miles from Mount Airy, Civil War history is presented with reenactments of battles at the birthplace of Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart.

Interesting Facts:

  • Mount Airy is the birthplace of three Major League Baseball players: Chubby Dean, Ron Blackburn, and Ben Callahan.
  • The granite quarry is so large that it has been seen by astronauts from outer space.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Tanner 

      7 years ago

      I guess im the lucky one to already be living in mt airy!

    • profile image

      Jordan 

      8 years ago

      I'm going to be moving here, hopefully soon. Autry county as a whole is a heck of a pretty place in the world!

    • MayberryNC profile imageAUTHOR

      MayberryNC 

      10 years ago

      Thanks & Happy Motoring, Louise! Hopefully, one of these years my schedule will allow me to attend also.

    • profile image

      Louise 

      10 years ago

      Love the details, Mayberry! I am looking forward to going to Mt. Airy (Mayberry) next year for Mayberry Days 2008!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)