Yearly Festival Schedule For Tom Perry

Tom Perry or authors published by Laurel Hill Publishing

will be at most of the following events each year.

Tom Perry is often at Mayberry on Main in Mount Airy NC

the third Friday of each month when Betty Lynn aka Thelma Lou is

at the Andy Griffith Museum signing autographs.

Tom Perry appears several times a year at Big Walker Mountain Lookout in Wythe County VA



Charleston SC Civil War Show


Dalton GA Civil War Show



Key City Antiques, North Wilkesboro NC

Monterey VA Maple Festival

Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville VA


Halicraft Festival, Halifax VA

Mount Airy North Carolina Art Walk

Shelton Vineyard Spring Fling, Dobson NC

Moonshine Festival, Rocky Mount VA

Brewed Awakenings Spring Book Festival, Danville VA


Westminster South Carolina Mayberry Festival

Pilot Mountain NC Mayfest

Festival in the Park, Danville VA

Mayberry in the Midwest, Danville IN

Hillsville VA Memorial Day Flea Market


New River Valley Flea Market, Dublin VA

Claytor Lake State Park Festival

Covered Bridge Festival, Woolwine VA

Wytheville VA Chautauqua Festival


Christmas in July, West Jefferson NC

Shot Tower Flea Market

Hungry Mother Festival, Marion VA

Rib and Jazz Festival, Pulaski VA

Highway 21 Flea Market, Independence VA


Steppin Out, Blacksburg VA

Smith River Festival, Martinsville VA

Meadows of Dan VA Folk Fair

Cabbage Festival, Poor Farmers Farm, Vesta VA


Hillsville Flea Market VFW Lot Space 1261

Olde Salem Days, Salem VA

Dublin VA Flea Market Spot 424

Sweet Potato Festival, Rockford NC

Mayberry Days, Mount Airy NC

Brewed Awakenings Fall Book Festival, Danville VA


OktoberFest, Martinsville VA

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival, Key City Antiques, North Wilkesboro NC

Autumn Leaves Festival, Mount Airy NC at Talley's Frame Shop on Main Street

Mayberry Trading Post Along Blue Ridge Parkway


Kingsport TN Christmas Connection

Bassett VA Band Boosters Craft Show

Roy's Folks At Oak Hollow Mall, High Point NC

Richmond VA Civil War Show


Franklin TN Civil War Show

Historian Thomas D. “Tom” Perry


Historian Tom Perry at the site he saved, J. E. B. Stuart’s Birthplace, the Laurel Hill Farm, just outside Mount Airy in Ararat, Patrick County, Virginia.

J. E. B. Stuart’s biographer, Emory Thomas, describes Tom Perry as "a fine and generous gentleman who grew up near Laurel Hill, where Stuart grew up, has founded J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace, and attracted considerable interest in the preservation of Laurel Hill. He has started a symposium series about aspects of Stuart’s life to sustain interest in Stuart beyond Ararat, Virginia." Perry graduated from Patrick County High School in 1979 and Virginia Tech in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in history.

Tom founded the J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace in 1990. The non-profit organization has preserved 75 acres of the Stuart property including the house site where J. E. B. Stuart was born on February 6, 1833. Perry wrote the eight interpretive signs about Laurel Hill’s history along with the Virginia Civil War Trails sign and the new Virginia Historical Highway Marker in 2002. He spent many years researching and traveling all over the nation to find Stuart materials. He continues his work to preserve Stuart’s Birthplace, producing the Laurel Hill Teacher’s Guide for educators and the Laurel Hill Reference Guide for groups.

            Perry can be seen on Virginia Public Television’s Forgotten Battlefields: The Civil War in Southwest Virginia, with his mentor noted Civil War Historian Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. Perry has begun a collection of papers relating to Stuart and Patrick County history in the Special Collections Department of the Carol M. Newman Library at Virginia Tech under the auspices of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies.

            He is the author of over ten books on Patrick County, Virginia, including Ascent to Glory, The Genealogy of J. E. B. Stuart, The Free State of Patrick: Patrick County Virginia in the Civil War, J. E. B. Stuart’s Birthplace: The Dear Old Hills of Patrick: J. E. B. Stuart and Patrick County, Virginia, Images of America: Patrick County Virginia, Images of Henry County Virginia, and Notes From The Free State Of Patrick.

In 2004, Perry began The Free State Of Patrick Internet History Group, which has become the largest historical organization in the area, with over 500 members. It covers Patrick County, Virginia, and regional history. Tom produces a monthly email newsletter about regional history entitled Notes From The Free State of Patrick that comes from his website, 

            Historian Thomas D. Perry is the author and publisher of over forty books on regional history in Virginia surrounding his home county of Patrick.  A Virginia Tech graduate, he studied under renowned Civil War Historian, James I. “Bud” Robertson, and speaks all over the region and country. Perry’s collection of papers, books, and images are housed in the Special Collection Department of the Carol M. Newman Library at Virginia Tech.

            In 2009, Perry used his book Images of America Henry County Virginia to raise over $25,000 for the Bassett Historical Center, “The Best Little Library in Virginia,” and as editor of the Henry County Heritage Book raised another $30,000. Perry was responsible for over $200,000 of the $800,000 raised to expand the regional history library. 

            He is the recipient of the John E. Divine Award from the Civil War Education Association, the Hester Jackson Award from the Surry County Civil War Round Table, and the Best Article Award from the Society of North Carolina Historians for his article on Stoneman’s Raid in 2008. In 2010, he received acknowledgement from the Bassett Public Library Association for his work to expand the Bassett Historical Center and was named Henry County Virginia Man of the Year by Perry also recently received the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award from the Patrick Henry Daughters of the American Revolution.


These are PowerPoint presentations where Perry supplies the computer and projector.

Beyond Mayberry: Andy Griffith and Mount Airy North Carolina

Brothers in Arms: J. E. B. Stuart and his brothers in the Civil War

Brig. General William J. Palmer, The Man Who Didn’t Burn Martinsville.

A Tale of Two Great- Grandfathers: J. E. B. Stuart's Ancestors in the American Revolution

A Man For All Seasons: The Christian Life of J. E. B. Stuart

Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor: A Genealogy Workshop

Patrick County Virginia In The Civil War

Contact Tom Perry


Phone 276-692-5300

Mail: P. O. Box 11 Ararat VA 24053

Tom Perry has spoke at the following groups and locations

Augusta GA Civil War Round Table

Bassett Historical Center

Carroll County Historical Society

Campaigning With Lee, James I. Robertson's Summer Civil War Tour

Charlottesville Virginia Civil War Round Table

Floyd County Historical Society

Franklin County Historical Society

Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society

New Bern Civil War Round Table

North Carolina Civil War Round Table

Patrick County Genealogical Society

Patrick County Historical Society

Reynolds Homestead

Rockford, North Carolina, Preservation Society

Rocky Mount North Carolina Civil War Round Table

Stokes County North Carolina Historical Society

Stokes-Rockingham Genealogical Society

Surry County Civil War Round Table

Surry County Genealogical Society

West Pennsylvania Civil War Round Table

Wilmington Delaware Civil War Round Table

DAR, SAR, SCV and UDCs all over Virginia and North Carolina


Authored, Edited or Published by Thomas D. Perry

New Patrick County History Series

Patrick County Oral History Project: A Guide (Volume One)

Fire On The Mountain: A World War Two Plane Crash in Patrick County, Virginia (Volume Two)

“In Imagination And Memory…” Patrick County Virginia’s Covered Bridges (Volume Three)

Images of Patrick County, Virginia: Postcards (Volume Four)

Other Patrick County History 

The Free State of Patrick: Patrick County Virginia In The Civil War

Notes From The Free State Of Patrick: Patrick County and Regional History

Never Forget: Martinsville, Patrick and Henry Counties in Vietnam

Books on J. E. B. Stuart

Ascent To Glory: The Genealogy of J. E. B. Stuart

“God’s Will Be Done”: The Christian Life of J. E. B. Stuart

“The Dear Old Hills of Patrick”: J. E. B. Stuart and Patrick County, Virginia

“Whatever may be my fate may you be happy.”: J. E. B. Stuart, Bettie Hairston, and the Beaver Creek Plantation

J. E. B. Stuart's Birthplace: A Guide For Educators and Visitors

Photo Histories 

Images of America: Patrick County Virginia

Images of America: Henry County Virginia

Then and Now: Patrick County Virginia

Mount Airy, North Carolina 

Martinsville, Virginia

Fieldale, Virginia

Bassett, Virginia

Henry County, Virginia, History

Upward Toil: The Lester Family of Henry County Virginia

Henry County  Heritage Book Volume One (Editor)

Extraordinary Service: The Life and Military Heritage of David Minter

From Spencer-Penn to Rives Road: The Life, Times, and Images of Everett M. Bennett

Graham Mansion Trilogy

The Graham Mansion: A History

Ghosts of the Graham Mansion

“Stranger Than Fiction”: Reid Stanger Fulton of the Graham Mansion 

Civil War History

“If Thee Must Fight, Fight Well.” : William J. Palmer and the Fight for Martinsville Virginia April 8, 1865

“I owe the Confederacy a debt I am anxious to liquidate”: George Stoneman’s 1865 Raid Through Patrick, Henry, and Surry Counties in North Carolina and Virginia

Surry County, North Carolina, History

Beyond Mayberry: A Memoir of Andy Griffith and Mount Airy NC

A Dinky Railroad: The Mount Airy and Eastern Railway

Ararat River Scenes: History and Memory From Bell Spur Virginia to Mount Airy North Carolina and Beyond

Books By Tom Perry With Other Authors

“We Have Extra Security Tonight”: My Life As The Mayberry Deputy by David Browning

“The Possum That Crossed The Road”: My Life As Aunt Eloise by Robert Thomas “Toby” Young

“Ten Minutes of Blind Confusion”: The Battle of Aiken Kilpatrick vs. Wheeler February 11, 1865  by R. Wayne Jones

 Books Published By Tom Perry For Other Authors

Jeb’s Adventure on the Smith River by Jennifer Gregory and Adrienne Anderson (Children’s book)

Be All That You Can Be by Cindy Bryant and Jennifer Perkins (Children’s book)

Philpott Stories by Nancy Bell

"That's a damn good dog!": Commonwealth of Virginia vs. Stephen Matteson Epperly (1980), A Retrospective by Royce Glenwood Lookabill

 A Legacy Discovered: Descendants of William Walker and Elizabeth Warren by Laurie B. Wardle and Alton LeDonne Walker

 Bread and Blessings: Including Traditional Moravian Recipes by Johanna Hiatt Smith, Photographs by Carolyn Inscore Choate

 Breaking Down To Build Up by Maggie Smith

 Folklore of the Blue Ridge Foothills by Douglas G. Belcher

 In The Land Where Fairies Cried Tears Of Stone: Grandma's Story by Avis Turner

 Moving to Bassett--Mama's Diary by Avis Turner

Once and Forever: The Story of Mount Airy Granite by Karen Hall

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow: A Christian Novel by D. T. Hobbs

The History of Pinewood South Carolina and Its People by John William Osteen Jr

The Lipford Family In America by Beverly Lipford Yeager

The Modern Patriot: A Call To Action by William Carr

War Games Of A Lipstick Lesbian by Owen Rodney

Wonderings: Poetry, Photography, and Short Stories by Carrie Shough

Franklin County Virginia Civil War Records

Franklin County True Stories

Confederate Captains and Military Unites all three by Beverly Merritt

College Flunkey To College Instructor by Robin Foy

History Along The Smith River by Avis Turner


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