Gertrude loved historic preservation, and her passion for preservation led her to form the Gilmer-Smith Foundation to oversee perpetual care of the home as a living museum after her death in 1981.
The Heart & Soul Bed and Breakfast in Mount Airy offers deluxe wine tour service to wineries in Surry County and the Yadkin Valley.
On Friday and Saturday nights from the last weekend in May through November, take a latern-lit walk through time to experience local ghost stories and legends.
There is a stop on the NC Civil War Trail, as well as a Yadkin River Adventures, a canoe and kayak outfitter.
Other events focus on the lifestyles of folks who lived on a rural farm in the 20th century including sheepshearing, baking, and plowing with animals.
Ivy Ridge Traditions is a popular shop on Main Street in Elkin, specializing fine gifts, home accents, clothing and garden accessories.
Just across the state line from Mount Airy in Ararat, Va., is Laurel Hill Farm, birthplace of Confederate Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart.
The river is comprised of mostly shallow water flowing at a slow pace with no whitewater, except for a few little runs.
Stop in for lunch, dinner, coffee, craft beer, Yadkin Valley wine or freshly-made pastries.
The antiques in the home have been collected over the past 30 years and include 18th century tableware.
Whether treasure hunting for yourself or looking for a friend, Mayberry Antique Mall is well worth a visit.
Take a tour of the jail cells where Barney locked up the hardened criminals, including the local drunk Otis Campbell.