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North Carolina

12th State (November 21, 1789), the south U.S.

State Abbreviation: NC

Nickname: Tar Heel State

Origin of name: In honor of Charles I of England




North Carolina State Symbols :

Capital: Raleigh
Motto: "Esse Quam Videri" (To be rather than to seem)
North Carolina State Seal
Beverage: Milk
Bird: Cardinal
Colors: Red and Blue
Dog: Plott hound
Flower: Flowering dogwood
Folk Art: Whirligigs created by Vollis Simpson
Folk Dance: Clogging
Freshwater Fish: Southern Appalachian brook trout
Fruit: Scuppernong Grape
Historical Boat: Shad boat
Insect: Honeybee
Mammal: Gray squirrel
Reptile: Eastern box turtle
Rock: Granite
Precious Stone: Emerald
Saltwater Fish: Channel bass
Shell: Scotch bonnet
Soil: North Carolina Cecil
Song: The Old North State
Tartan: Carolina Tartan
Tree: Pine
Vegetable: Sweet potato

North Carolina State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)


Things to Know

Kitty Hawk
The first airplane flown by Orville and Wilbur Write at Kitty Hawk, NC.

Fun Facts-All About North Carolina

North Carolina History

Lights of the Outer Banks

Whitewater Falls
The highest waterfall in the eastern U.S.

Mile High Swinging Bridge -Grandfather Mountain
The nation's highest suspension footbridge.

Major rivers: Neuse River, Roanoke River, Yadkin River

Famous North Carolinians

James Knox Polk , 11th president of the United States
Printable fact sheet on President James Knox Polk provides you with photos and personal information.

Andrew Johnson , 17th president of the United States
Printable fact sheet on President Andrew Johnson provides you with photos and personal information.

Things to Do

North Carolina State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
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Sites to See

Brown Mountain
Mysterious lights.

The home of Carl Sandburg, renowned poet and Pulitzer prize winner.
Pictures of Connemara .

Things To Do-Other Sites

North Carolina State Quarter
Read about the North Carolina State Quater and print

North Carolina flag color page

National Hollering Contest

Blackbeard's House
Information on the famous pirate Blackbeard and the house he occupied in Beaufort, North Carolina

Play Online

Hands on Crafts
Online clay studio with games, videos, and activities.

Stories to Read

North Carolina Legends and Ghost Stories


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