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The Museum is open from 10am - 5pm Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1-4pm

Changing Exhibits

I've Endured: Women in Old-Time Music  May 17 - August 17 2024 

Upcoming Events

Mon Jun 24 @ 1:00pm - 05:00pm
Appalachian Explorers Summer Camp for ages 10-13
Fri Jun 28 @ 8:00pm - 09:30pm
Historic Downtown Mount Airy Ghost Tours
Fri Jul 05 @ 8:00pm - 09:00pm
Historic Pilot Mountain Ghost Tours

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Mount Airy Museum of Regional History

IMG_8201_-_Copy_606x640 Ours is an all American story - typical of how communities grew up all across our great nation. While our story takes place in the back country of northwestern North Carolina at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it is likely to bear many similarities to the development of crossroads, towns, and cities throughout America.

It had taken little more than 100 years for the corridors along the coastline of this still-new continent to overflow. As tensions grew and conflicts flared, the pioneer spirit set in. Families literally packed up everything they owned and headed into the unknown-searching for the "promised land."

Mission Statement:

The Purpose of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is to  Collect, Preserve and Interpret the Natural, Historic, and Artistic Heritage of the Region

                                                                      Adopted by the Board of Directors   October 9, 1995

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Mount Airy Museum Of Regional History

The last one standing...

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Staring into the faces of old friends from his past on Monday at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Hylton Wright explained how he is the last one of the 1946 Mount Airy Fire Department that is still alive. “I could tell you stories about every one of these men,” said Hylton as he looked at a blown up picture of the department on the wall. “I was the youngest in this picture.” The photo was taken in front of the old police station located on City Hall Street. It was located beside the old fire department building. There were 21 members in the department in those days and D.G. Witt was the chief, Wright said. All three of the fire trucks featured in that 1946 photograph are housed in the basement of the museum. Mount Airy’s first fire truck was a 1916 truck. The second and third trucks are 1926 and 1946 American LaFrances. The earlier two trucks have steering wheels on the righthand side of the vehicle, because they were made in France, he said. Read more: Mount Airy News - The last one standing…

Kids who dig history wanted!

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For kids who are interested in learning more about the history of their hometown, the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History has just the ticket. The Jesse Franklin Pioneers branch of the Tarheel Junior Historians is seeking students in grades four through eight who are interested in joining the group. The club is free to join. Matt Edwards, executive director with the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, said he is excited about the upcoming year with the historians. Each year, the club delves into a different project that piques the kids’ interest. “This is a way to keep things fun and interesting for them. We have something fun in store for the kids this year. I’m not going to say what it is. You’ll have to join the club to find out what we are going to do,” said Edwards. Last year, the local chapter was named the chapter of the year at the statewide Tarheel Junior Historian Association. Read more: Mount Airy News - Kids who dig history wanted

History Talks to begin Saturday at the Museum

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The fall series of the History Talks program begins Saturday at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History at 2 p.m.

Marion Venable will give a talk about General Henry Wolfe Butner, a World War I general from this area.

“I’m looking forward to the program. Right now there is a renewed interested in World War I in history circles. All the folks who lived through that experience are gone. So, for whatever reason, there’s beginning to be a rekindling of interest in World War I and World War II history,” said Matt Edwards, executive director of the museum. “We approached Marion, who is always a wealth of knowledge, about being our kick-off speaker this fall. This is going to be a great program. It’s free to the public.”

Read more: Mount Airy News - History Talks to begin Saturday at museum

Girl Scout Exhibit to Open at Museum

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On Aug. 10, an exhibit highlighting the centennial of Girl Scouts will be opening at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. The exhibit is called “Courage, Confidence and Character: 100 Years of Girl Scouts.”

Matt Edwards, executive director of the museum, said this exhibit will take the place of the White Liquor Dirt Tracks exhibit that opened in January. He said this exhibit highlights the last 100 years of Girl Scouting, both on a national and local level.

Read more: Mount Airy News - Girl Scout exhibit to open at museum

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