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Old Time Music Heritage Hall
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Old Time Music Heritage Hall

The Old-Time Music Heritage Hall provides an opportunity for visitors and residents to learn more about the musicians whose powerful art brought thousands to Surry County to learn – and set the stage for the lively old-time scene that continues today.

The lobby of the Old-Time Music Heritage Hall houses artifacts from Surry County’s old-time music icons. Portraits and storyboards line the walls. Biographies of the old-time musicians featured in the hall were compiled by folklife specialist, Trish Kilby Fore.

Folkways: Music of Surry County plays continuously on the movie screen in the Hall. This UNC-TV Folkways documentary reveals why the intense, bluesy, fiddle-driven Surry County sound has become synonymous around the world with American old-time music.

Other documentaries and photos are shown in the mezzanine of the EARLE where jamming takes place weekly – or as the mood strikes!  The EARLE hosts ongoing events that serve to preserve, promote, and protect Surry County’s musical heritage.

Hours of Operation

11 am to 3pm

9 am to 4 pm

1 pm to 3:30 pm


Admission is $5 per person and includes the audio guide, a wrist band for admission to the Andy Griffith Museum, the Mount Airy – Mayberry Exhibit, The Siamese Twins Exhibit, and the Mount Airy Photo Club’s Photo Gallery.


EARLE Theatre

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