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Surry County 250th

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Six years before the United States was established, the founding of Surry County, North Carolina, began with a bill submitted by local leaders in 1770. North Carolina's Colonial Assembly went on to approve bill several months later in the new year, thus creating Surry County in 1771.

In celebration of this milestone event in its history, Surry County will mark its 250th anniversary with a Sestercentennial celebration in 2021.

  • A 250th Anniversary Celebration will take place in April 2021 on the square of the historic county courthouse in downtown Dobson. We will announce the date here when it becomes available.
  • Another event in the spring of 2021 will be the burying of a time capsule at the historic courthouse that is to be opened 100 years later in 2121.
  • A lecture series focusing on the history of Surry County will also take place in 2021.

As more events are scheduled, they will be posted here, so please check back periodically.

In the meantime, here is a link to an informative column about Surry County's founding. It was published in The Mount Airy News and written by a member of the 250th Committee: https://www.mtairynews.com/top-stories/82305/surry-countys-founding

An interesting tidbit: At the time of its creation, Surry County encompassed a far greater swath of land, including modern-day Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties.


To plan a trip in 2021 to Surry County, click below to request your choice of several guides, including a Visitors Guide, Surry County Wine Trail Guide, Surry Sonker Trail Guide, outdoor recreation map and an events calendar ...