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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 those two milestone events in its history, Surry County marks its 250th anniversary with a 12-month Sestercentennial celebration running from spring of 2020 to spring of 2021.

  • The first event is to be a 250th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration on the square of the historic county courthouse in downtown Dobson. It was originally scheduled for May 2, 2020, but has been postponed because of the coronavirus situation. We will announce a new date for the event when it becomes available.
  • The last event, in April 2021, is the burying of a time capsule at the historic courthouse that is to be opened 100 years later in 2121.

As more events become available, 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 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 2020 or 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 ...