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Touring Through Time highlights farming, fishing

The Surry Historical Society opened the Old Town Hall’s doors Saturday, July 27, to participate in “Touring through Time,” an annual event featuring local historical society museums. Showcased inside were historic farming, fishing, and lumbering tools, but the real treasure lay just outside – an authentic smelt tent from 1940. Surry was once a hub for smelt fishing, with some lucky fishermen catching up to 100 pounds of smelt per tide. These smelts were considered a staple in local stores and were even shipped to Massachussetts and New York. Surry Historical Society president John Curtis said, “Smelt fishing has gone away but we continue to fish everyday here. We are participating in this event because we know the past is never really over. We help [the community] see what used to be.”

Town Hall Interior

Town Hall Interior

The 1828 Old Town Hall displays hundreds of historic Surry treasures that help to paint a picture of what life in Surry once was.

Photo by Bronwen Rogers

Town Hall

Town Hall

The 1828 Old Town Hall continues to serve its community as the headquarters of the Surry Historical Society, where it houses hundreds of Surry artifacts.

Photo by Bronwen Rogers

Smelt Shack

Smelt Shack

Surry Historical Society president John Curtis climbs inside an authentic smelt tent from 1940.

Photo by Bronwen Rogers

Books

Books

Donated books sit in the Old Town Hall.

Photo by Bronwen Rogers