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George Washington
"The Hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations."

Letter to
Brig. General Thomas Nelson
Aug. 20, 1778
John Adams
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
Jesse Helms

"I have tried at every point to seek God's wisdom on the decisions I made, and I made it my business to speak up on behalf of the things God tells us are important to Him."

(Oct.18, 1921 - July 4, 2008)

Thomas Jefferson
"Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever."
North Carolina
North Carolina flag
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North Carolina

Entered the Union: Nov. 21, 1789 (12) State Symbols

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Plott Hound

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Capital: Raleigh
Origin of Name: In honor of Charles I of England
State Nickname: Tar Heel State • Old North State
State Song: "The Old North State"
State Motto: Esse quam videri (To be rather than to seem)
National Forests: 4 • State Parks: 27
Famous For: Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge National Parkway, Wright Brothers Memorial, beautiful beaches
Famous North Carolinans: David Brinkley (TV newscaster), Howard Cosell (sportscaster), Virginia Dare (first person born in America to English parents), Elizabeth Dole (senator), Donna Fargo • Roberta Flack • Ronnie Milsap (singers), Ava Gardner (actress), Billy Graham (evangelist), Andy Griffith (actor), O. Henry (writer), Andrew Johnson • James K. Polk (Presidents), Charles Kuralt (TV journalist), Sugar Ray Leonard • Floyd Patterson (boxers), Dolley Madison (first lady), Thelonious Monk (jazz pianist), Arnold Palmer (golf), Richard Petty (auto racer), Alfred Moore (US Supreme Court), Soupy Sales (comedian), John Coltrane (jazz), Earl Scruggs (bluegrass), Randy Travis (musician)
Animals and Birds: Click on photos of the animals and birds on this page to find out more about them and to hear the sounds they make.
State Fair: Raleigh
Cape Hatteras
Outer Banks
Wright Brothers Plane
Plott Hounds
North Carolina National Forests
North Carolina State Parks
North Carolina Historic Sites
Skiing in North Carolina
Fishing in North Carolina
Hunting in North Carolina
Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Carolina Panthers (NFL)
North Carolina Lighthouses
North Carolina Photo Gallery 2
North Carolina Butterfly Gallery
Listen to Cardinal's Song
North Carolina Homeschooling
North Carolina Resorts
North Carolina RV Parks
North Carolina Hotels
Cherokee, Hateras, and Tuscarora Native American tribes lived in North Carolina when European explorers first arrived in the early 1500s. In Sept. 1711, Tuscarora Indians massacred hundreds of settlers, destroying most of the settlements along the Neuse River. This marked the beginning of the Tuscarora War (1711-1713).
The first English colony in America was located on Roanoke Island by Walter Raleigh. The colony mysteriously vanished with no trace except for the word "Croatoan" scrawled on a nearby tree.
In 1629, King Charles I of England "erected into a province," all the land from Albemarle Sound on the north to the St. John's River on the south, which he directed should be called Carolina. The word Carolina is from the word Carolus, the Latin form of Charles. In 1653 the first permanent settlements were established by English colonists from Virginia near the Roanoke and Chowan rivers.
When Carolina was divided in 1710, the southern part was called South Carolina and the northern, older settlement, North Carolina. From this came the nickname the “Old North State.”
The first English child born in America was born in Roanoke in 1587. Her name was Virginia Dare.
The United States Army was trying to develop an airplane, but the plane wouldn't fly. The New York Times wrote that maybe in 1 to 10 million years they might be able to make a plane that would fly. Only eight days later Wilbur and Orville Wright were successful in flying the first manned plane in Kitty Hawk. It cost them less than $1,000 to build.
Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern in 1898.
North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the nation harvesting over 4 billion pounds
The principle products produced by early North Carolina were "tar, pitch, and turpentine." As the story goes, It was during one of the fiercest battles of the Civil War that the column supporting the North Carolina troops was driven from the field. After the battle, the North Carolinians who had successfully fought it out alone were greeted from the passing derelict regiment with the question: "Any more tar down in the Old North State, boys?" Quick as a flash came the answer: "No, not a bit, old Jeff's bought it all up." "Is that so; what is he going to do with it?" was asked. "He's going to put on you-un's heels to make you stick better in the next fight." Upon hearing of the incident, General Lee said: "God bless the “Tar Heel” boys," and from that they took the name.
High Point is known as the Furniture Capital of the World.
The Outer Banks of NC hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
Whitewater Falls in Transylvania County is the highest waterfall in the eastern United States.
Krispy Kreme Doughnut was founded in Winston-Salem.
The Venus Fly-Trap is native to Hampstead.
The first miniature golf course was built in Fayetteville.
The Biltmore Estate in Ashville is America's largest home, and includes a 255-room chateau, an award-winning winery and extensive gardens.
Hiram Rhoades Revels, born in Fayetteville in 1822, was the first African-American member of the United States Congress.
North Carolina leads the nation in furniture, tobacco, brick, and textile production. It is also known for its production of stawberries and blueberries.
North Carolina's Ethnic Roots: African 21.6%, Scots/Scots-Irish 13.9%, English 9.5%, German 9.5%, Irish 7.4%, and one of the largest Native American populations in the United States.
Religion in North Carolina: 88% Christian (77% Protestant, 10% Catholic, 1% Other), 11% No Religion, 1% Other Religions
White Lake near Elizabethtown is very unique in that it has a white sandy bottom and crystal clear waters.
Michael Jordan always wore his University of North Carolina shorts
under his NBA Bulls uniform for good luck.
Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving - Thanking God for His blessings
Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2024
In 1621, 52 Pilgrims and approx. 50 Native Americans celebrated a 3-day feast thanking God for His blessings enabling their survival in the New World. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
December 1, 2024
Advent begins 4 weeks before Christmas and remembers the longing and waiting of God's people for the coming of the Messiah.
Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 1791
Bill of Rights Day

Celebrating the 10 amendments to the Constitution which protect individual rights by placing specific limits on government power. These freedoms do not exist in many countries of the world.
Christmas Day
Christmas Day
December 25th Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. This joyous festival is enjoyed by Christians and nonChristians alike all over the world.