57 Interesting Facts About North Carolina - The Fact File (2023)

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Interesting facts about North Carolina

1.A state with multiple nicknames

North Carolina has many nicknames, the most common being "Tar Heel State". The name is believed to have originated early in the state's history. North Carolina was and is a major producer of tar, turpentine, rosin and pitch."Tar Heel" was a term for workers who went barefoot to collect sapUsed to make tar and pitch. It was a derogatory term associated with lower-class workers. During the Civil War, soldiers began calling themselves "tar heels," completely undoing the shame and humiliation associated with the nickname. Today, North Carolina is known around the world as the "Tar Heel State".[1]

2. North Carolina was once home to dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.

It is safe to say that three different species of dinosaurs, two duckbill vegetarians and one large carnivore, once inhabited the state of North Carolina. Fossils of a vegetarian duck-billed dinosaur were found in Sampson County in 1869. Paleontologists also have enough evidence to believe that tyrannosaurs also inhibited the state during this timethe Cretaceous.[2]

North Carolina on the map

3. Pepsi was invented here

A New Bern pharmacist named Caleb Bradham invented a syrup drink in 1893 that he claimed aided digestion. I callBrad's drink. In 1898 he changed the name of the drink to "Pepsi-Cola". In 1903, Bradham invested fully in the business, selling 7,968 gallons of Pepsi-Cola that same year.[14]

4. Home of the tallest lighthouse in the United States

hatras capeAt 210 feet tall, it is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States and the second tallest in the world. It wasRebuilt in 1870and is now a popular tourist attraction. Lighthouse in SwinoujsciePolandIt is the tallest brick lighthouse in the world.[4,5]

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5. The largest mansion in America

the biltmore estate,Built by George Washington Vanderbilt II in the late 19th century, it is America's largest mansion. This mansion receives many tourists throughout the year who gather to admire its architecture inspired by the French castle. Covering an area of ​​approximately 4 hectares, the 250-room residence took 6 years to complete. After being designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963, it was added to the US National Register of Historic Places three years later.[6,7]

6. The University of North Carolina is America's first public university.

The University of North Carolina was founded in 1789 and today has about 30,000 students. The university held its first courses in 1795. The University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Duke University make up what is todaypopularly known as the Research Triangle.[8,9]

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7. North Carolina is home to the highest peak in eastern North America

At 6,684 feet, Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in continental eastern North America. The mountain is named after the teacherElisha Mitchell von der University of North Carolina. He wasthe first person to scientifically study Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains from the perspective of physical geography.A hike up this mountain gives you the opportunity to experience an amazingly beautiful landscape. If you don't like hiking, you can take your car and drive almost to the top.[10]

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8. IsThe state also has the tallest waterfall on the east coast.

North Carolina is home to over 300 breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls. HeObere Whitewater Falls, located in the county of Transylvania, is the highest waterfall on the east coast. North Carolina is someone else's homeits "highest" waterfall: Glassmine Falls. However, Glassmine Falls only flows occasionally and as such has declined to claim the tallest waterfall on the east coast.[11]

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9. Cars are not allowed on Bald Head Island

If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, head straight to Bald Head Island. The island has 14 miles of beaches andcomplete absence of cars.Travelers can chooseGolfCars or bikes or go on foot. Bald Head also has the state's oldest lighthouse, Old Baldy, and exciting marine life.[12]

10 The Outer Banks region is known as'Atlantic Cemetery'

Although the Outer Banks region has now become a popular surfing destination, it has been associated with many shipwrecks over the years. More than 5,000 ships met their end in this region. The town of Hatteras on the island of Hatteras has seen over 600 shipwrecks to date. The area around this region is considered unsafe for transport ships.[13]

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11 The state is home to some rare animal species.

White squirrels, a rare animal species, are common in the town of Brevard. Many do not believe in the existence of these squirrels. However, many tests confirm this fact. North Carolina is also home to the rare blue ghost firefly. Common fireflies glow a yellowish-green color, but unique blue ghost fireflies are associated with a blue tint.[3]

12 Its wines are very popular.

Isfirst commercial winery— Medoc Vineyard — was founded in 1835. Today the state has more than 400 vineyards and 200 commercial wineries. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Yadkin Valley is a famous wine destination that attracts thousands of tourists each year.[15]

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13. North Carolina may have invented Pepsi, but its official drink is milk.

The state of North Carolina is famous for wine and is credited with inventing Pepsi, but its official drink is still milk. Adorable, isn't it? Besides being an excellent source of calcium,Milk is also a good sourceof vitamins A and B, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and proteins.[sixteen]

14 Your trip to North Carolina is incomplete without a sip of cheerwine.

Cheerwine is often referred to as the "Nectar of Tarheels." Also, despite the name, there is no wine in Cheerwine. Cheerwine is a cherry-flavored drink that contains less caffeine than Pepsi and Coco-Cola. Cheerwine is the oldest family-owned soft drink company.[17]

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15.Birthplace of Krispy Kreme donuts

Vernon Rudolph and his uncle bought the recipe for Krispy Kreme donuts from a French chef named Joe LeBeau in 1937. Rudolph saw potential in the recipe and decided to open his own donut shop. In the summer of 1937, Rudolph moved to what is now Winston-Salem and opened his donut shop. The firstKrispy Kreme RosquillaThey were manufactured on July 13, 1937.

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sixteen. North Carolina has given the world many jazz artists

North Carolina has given the world many great jazz artists including Bill Taylor, Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Tal Farlow, Tab Smith, Percy Heath and Thelonious Monk. If you like jazz, we recommend buying tickets for the North Carolina Jazz Festival.[19]

17. The first English child born in the United States was born in North Carolina

Yes you've read correctly! Virginia Dare was the first English girl born in the United States. She was born in 1587 to Eleanor and Ananias Dare in Roanoke Colony, now known as Dare County, North Carolina. Not much is known about Virginia Dare and what happened to her, but her name will forever go down in the annals of history.[20]

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18. The Wright brothers tested their first flight in North Carolina.

The Wright brotherscould have been born inOhiojIndiana, but chose North Carolina to test her first flight. The brothers chose the coastal town of Kitty Hawk because it offered them the privacy and steady winds they needed for the test flight. The brothers tested their first flight on December 17, 1903. The flight flew 20 feet above the ground, lasted 12 seconds, and covered a distance of 120 feet.[21]

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19 We should talk about NASCAR

During Prohibition, North Carolina earned the title of Mollycooking Capital of the World. NASCAR racing has its origins in the smuggling of illegal products during the Prohibition years. Smugglers used small vehicles to illegally distribute various products. Smugglers modified their cars to improve their speed. After Prohibition was lifted, people in North Carolina continued to drink alcohol illegally for fun and other reasons.[22]

20 Even hurricanes can't ruin the spirit of North Carolina

AfterFlorida, North Carolina sees more hurricanes than any other state in the United States. According to theNational Hurricane Center, Florida is the state with the most direct impact of hurricanes in the United States. However, not even the worst hurricane could spoil the spirit of this fantastic state.[23]

21 Blackbeard persecuted the state for years before finally being assassinated in 1718.

The notorious pirate Blackbeard plundered many ships and haunted the state of North Carolina for years. He was killed by British naval forces off the coast of the Outer Banks in 1718.[24]

22 If the Christmas lights make you happy, attend Tanglewood Park's annual Festival of Lights

If Christmas lights make you happy, you should drive through Tanglewood Park on Christmas Eve. From running deer and squirrels to soaring eagles and everything in between, the screens will fill you up with itNatalGeist.[25,26]

23 Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a professional baseball player in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

George Herman "Babe" Ruth was the sport's first star. His career spanned 22 seasonsMajor League Baseball. In her lavish career, Babe Ruth has set and broken many records. However, he hit his first home run in North Carolina and earned the nickname "Babe" from the state.[27,28]

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24 Miniature golf was born in North Carolina

In 1954, Don Clayton, a resident of Fayetteville, invented what we know today as a miniature.Golfo Putt-Putt-Golf.[29]

25 High Point is known as the furniture capital of the world

The city hosts two major fairs each year, one in April and the other in October. High Point Market is the largest furniture fair in the world, attracting over 75,000 people to High Point every six months. Almost 2000 exhibitors take part. The city is also home to the largest furniture store in the world.[30]

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26 North Carolina presented many famous emeralds to the world

Minerals and gemstones are found in abundance in North Carolina. The state is particularly famous for its emeralds. North Carolina gave the world The Carolina Emperor, a 310-carat emerald. The stone was cut into a 64-carat emerald and sold at auction in 2010 for $1.65 million.[31]

27. The "Miracle on the Hudson"

Charlotte is home to the Miracle on the Hudson aircraft known as US Airways Flight 1549, piloted by Captain Sully Sullenberger. The aircraft is housed in the Carolinas Aviation Museum at Douglas International Airport. Sully and the survivors of the historic flight visited the site to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the "Miracle on the Hudson".

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28. If you love architecture

Raleigh's Daily Planet Theater is a fascinating piece of architecture in the heart of the city. The massive globe is about five stories tall and 70 feet wide and is almost a full-size replica of Earth. The globe appears to have rolled against the side of a building and is said to be the second largest earth on the planet.

29. The famous Vick vapor rub

Greensboro is the birthplace of the famous Vicks Vapor Rub. Greensboro pharmacist Lunsford Richardson invented massage to treat his son's croup. Although the salve has become a household name, many who use it may not be aware of its humble beginnings.

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30. Rose Bowl outside of Pasadena

Durham hosted the only Rose Bowl outside of Pasadena in 1942. The game featured Oregon State vs. Herzog. The development of the Rose Bowl in the Southeast followed the recent attack on Pearl Harbor and the US Army's restriction of large gatherings on the West Coast. The Oregon team found their opponents very hospitable.

31. A hidden gem

Winston-Salem is home to a hidden "gem" known as Bath Branch Falls. The site is described as a place where water flows over rocks in a deep canyon surrounded by vegetation. Surprisingly, this mysterious and natural beauty is hard to find in the heart of the city, unusual in how other cities can create a destination around such a treasure.

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32. Tribute to soldiers

Fayetteville became a haven for soldiers in 2008. The City and County of Cumberland declared the area the "world's premier haven for soldiers and their families" with a promise to "care for those who care for us."

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33.A small post office

The Grimshawes Post Office in Cashiers was the smallest post office in the United States. The 8-foot by 6-foot building resembles a small shack, but from 1878 to 1953 it was the place where letters and foreign goods were collected for residents of this remote area.

34. A carnivorous plant

The Stanley Rehder Garden of Carnivorous Plants is located in Wilmington. It's not often that most people see carnivorous plants in action, but at Rehder's garden, visitors can get an up-close look at carnivorous plants and Venus flytraps.

35. The BBQ Capital of the World

Famous for its barbecue, Lexington is the self-proclaimed BBQ Capital of the World. For a few years now, however, the Davidson County town has hosted its popular Pigs in Town exhibit, which features statues of uptown pigs dressed in sunglasses and other fun outfits. Businesses sponsor the fiberglass pigs, while residents and tourists alike enjoy the pig photos.

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36. Flying squirrels

The Blue Ridge Parkway isn't just a place to see breathtaking scenery. Those who doubt the existence of flying squirrels can catch a glimpse of this endangered species in the trees along the scenic road.

37. Moonwalkers are trained here

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is more than just a destination for those curious about the limits of the universe. Several astronauts trained at the center, including moonwalkers Buzz Aldrin,Neil Armstrongand MichaelCollins.

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38. A 6,956-acre park

Chimney Rock State Park was privately owned by the Morse family until 2007 when they sold it to the state of North Carolina. Dr. Lucious Morse and his brothers purchased Chimney Rock and surrounding land for $5,000 in 1902 to establish the park.

39. Are you a hot sauce lover?

Texas Pete is a household name to many hot sauce lovers everywhere. The founders chose Texas as part of the product name because the state is known for spicy food, and Pete is the nickname of one of the founder's sons.

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40. Inseparable since 1926

Olive Pickles and the City of Mt. Olives have been inseparable since 1926. The shop remains in its original location, and each New Year's Eve, residents and visitors alike can take advantage of the city's annual delivery of cucumbers to the mountain. Olive.

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