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Not many states have a State Rock. The North Carolina ROCK is located in the town of Mount Airy and includes a terrific story.
It was one of the first commercial natural stone businesses in North Carolina.
Stone has been harvested from this site since 1743.
MOUNT AIRY WHITE
Mount Airy Quarry is well known for their white stone which is why it is referred to as Mount Airy White
Structures built from Mount Airy White exist around the world
Mount Airy Quarry was purchased by Robert S. Gilmer in 1849 and paid little to nothing for it. Mr. Gilmer was upset when he found this "big white rock" on what he thought was a farm and insisted the seller give him part of his money back.
MOUNT AIRY QUARRY Quarry is the world's largest open-faced granite quarry in the world
Mount Airy Quarry has been designated the "World's Largest Open-Faced Quarry".
It is so large it may be seen from outer space.
MOUNT AIRY is MAYBERRY, and MAYBERRY is MOUNT AIRY
Mount Airy, North Carolina is where the television show “The Andy Griffith Show” television series was filmed during it's run from 1960 to 1968.
Andy Giffith was born and raised there.
In the show, the town's name was Mayberry.
Mayberry represents good, clean, all American, solid citizens and quality of life. The town of Mount Airy embodies the essence of Mayberry.
Mount Airy is a year-round tourist destination that enjoys visitors and loves talking about the show.