Wilkes County was formed in 1777. It is a land of mountains, large agricultural development, and industry. There are over 5,600 farms that grow principal crops of corn, tobacco, Irish potatoes and sweet potatoes on approximately 67,000 harvested acres from an available acreage of 372,000. The county has large mineral deposits. The Coble Dairy Products Company manufactures thirty different kinds of dairy products. The county produces millions of dozens of eggs each year and is known far and wide for its production of pure sourwood honey.