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 a 250th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration on May 2, 2020, on the square of the historic county courthouse in downtown Dobson. For more information about that event, click here.
  • 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.

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 your 2020 or 2021 trip 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 ...