Along with the 125th anniversary of the founding of the city and the 5th anniversary of the Andy Griffith Show, historian Tom Perry has announced his new book, “Images of Mount Airy North Carolina.”
The 220-page book is filled with black and white photos celebrating the history of the “Granite City,” where the author was born in the 1940s. With fourteen chapters and 200 photos, Perry covers topics from the history of the town itself, to its associations with the town of Mayberry from the Andy Griffith Show.
Perry received aid from many sources, including Emmett Forrest in regards to gaining images of Andy Griffith while he lived in Mount Airy. Donna Fargo worked personally with Perry for a chapter on her life. The Surry County Historical Society and Mount Airy Museum of Regional History both worked with the author on the book as well.