Historic Downtown Mount Airy resides at the doorstep of the Blue Ridge Mountains where our urban living is enhanced by arts, entertainment, local wine, and our Traditional Music roots. Fostering a diverse variety of small businesses flavored with authentic dining experiences, Mount Airy is a true Southern Town with all the
charm of Mayberry.
We are so excited about the Whittling Wall Project! Mount Airy Downtown, Inc. is partnering with the City of Mount Airy to enhance the retaining wall on West Oak Street with brick sculptures of Mount Airy icons. We began discussing this idea two years ago, and it is finally going to happen. The wall will include sculptures of Tommy Jarrell playing fiddle, Fred Cockerham playing banjo, Ralph Epperson with a WPAQ mic, Donna Fargo playing guitar, Floyd "Flip" Rees looking to the Spencer's/Renfro Lofts, a mill worker holding a spool, and a whittler. These figures pay tribute to Mount Airy music, workers, and visionaries. The wall will include planters with beautiful landscaping and space to sit beside of the life-size sculptures. Brad Spencer is the very talented sculptor who will be bringing this project to life. The project will be complete by September 2017. This project is made possible from a Downtown Revitalization grant from Rural Economic Development Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce.