What's in a name?

– North Carolina is commonly referred to as “Carolina” (sorry, South Carolina) and goes by two nicknames: The Tar Heel State and Old North State.

State Plants

North Carolina has a state carnivorous plant- the Venus Fly Trap. It's native to the Carolinas its first written description was recorded in a 1759 letter from North Carolina’s then-colonial Governor Arthur Dobbs.

Beer Lovers

 North Carolina  has the highest concentration of breweries per capita in the South, with over 300.

Native Land

– Coharie – Eastern Band of Cherokee – Haliwa-Saponi – Lumbee – Meherrin – Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation – Sappony – Waccamaw-Siouan

100,000 Native Americans still live in North Carolina. This is the eighth largest in the US and you won’t find any state east of the Mississippi River with a larger population.

First Gold Rush

Another North Carolina first is the Carolina Gold Rush, which officially started in 1799. Until its end in 1828, there were multiple gold producing areas in North Carolina.

First in Flight

The Wright Brothers successfully flew the first self-propelled aircraft near Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903. Each December, the Wright Brothers National Memorial celebrates its “First Flight” with fun throughout the entire day.

– In 1974, the North Carolina Zoo opened in Asheboro and today is known as the world’s largest natural habitat zoo.

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