North Carolina Firsts, Facts, and Trivia
North Carolina Famous Firsts, North Carolina Interesting Facts, North Carolina Trivia
The Wright Brothers made the first successful airplane flight in 1903 in Kitty Hawk.
More North Carolina Firsts, Facts, and Trivia
- The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is the oldest State
University in the United States.
- In 1903 the Wright Brothers made the first successful powered
flight by man at Kill Devil Hill near Kitty Hawk. The Wright
Memorial at Kitty Hawks now commemorates their achievement.
- High Point is known as the Furniture Capital of the World.
- Know as "Fish Town" in the early 1700's when Blackbeard
frequented the coast, "Beaufort Town" was established as a seaport
with the right to collect customs, in 1722.
- 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.
- Cape Hatteras is the largest lighthouse ever to be moved due to
- The University of North Carolina's mascot, the Tarheels, is a
nickname for North Carolinians that supposedly came from the days
when NC produced a lot of tar, and someone saw a set of footprints
made by someone who had stepped in the tar.
- Charles Karault was born and raised in Wilmington.
- Havelock is home of Marine Base "Cherry Point." It is the
largest air base in the Marine Corps.
- North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the
nation. Students at a Wilson County school petitioned the North
Carolina General Assembly for the establishment of the sweet potato
as the official state vegetable.
- Harker's Island hosts the annual Core Sound Decoy Festival in
- Morehead City is home to the North Carolina Seafood Festival,
held the first weekend in October every year.
- The World War II battleship 'North Carolina' is permanently
berthed on the Cape Fear River at Wilmington. She was saved from the
scrap heap in the 1960's by public subscription, including donations
of dimes by schoolchildren.
- The first English colony in America was located on Roanoke
Island. Walter Raleigh founded it. The colony mysteriously vanished
with no trace except for the word "Croatoan" scrawled on a nearby
- Mount Mitchell in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the highest peak
east of the Mississippi. It towers 6,684 feet above sea level.
- 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.
- Babe Ruth hit his first home run in Fayetteville on March 7,
- Winston-Salem was created when the two towns Winston and Salem
- The Biltmore Estate in Ashville is America's largest home, and
includes a 255-room chateau, an award-winning winery and extensive
- The first English child born in America was born in Roanoke in
1587. Her name was Virginia Dare.
- The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama in Albemarle commemorates the
birth of Virginia Dare. Scheduled to run just one year, it proved so
successful that it has played for nearly sixty consecutive summers.
- The first state owned art museum in the country is located in
- Fontana Dam is the tallest dam in the Eastern United States, at
480 feet high.
- Many people believe that North Carolina was the first state to
declare independence from England with the Mecklenburg Declaration
- Grandfather Mountain, highest peak in the Blue Ridge, is the
only private park in the world designated by the United Nations as
an International Biosphere Reserve.
- The Mile-High Swinging Bridge near Linville is 5,305 feet above
sea level. The bridge actually hangs about 80 feet above the ground.
- Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern in 1898.
- Beech Mountain is Eastern America's highest town at 5,506ft
above sea level.
- Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States, was born
in the Waxsaws area on the border of North and South Carolina.
- Arnold Palmer recognized as the player whose aggressive play and
winning personality raised golf to national attention, honed his
skills on the championship golf team of Wake Forest University.
- James K. Polk, born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, was
the eleventh President of the United States.
- Hiram Rhoades Revels, born in Fayetteville in 1822, was the
first African-American member of the United States Congress.
- Andrew Johnson started his career as a tailor's apprentice in
Raleigh, North Carolina and rose to lead in the reuniting of the
nation as the seventeenth President of the United States.
- North Carolina leads the nation in furniture, tobacco, brick,
and textile production.
- Saluda, North Carolina is located at the top of the Saluda
Grade. The crest of the steepest standard gauge mainline railroad in
the United States.
- State Motto: Esse quam videri (To be rather than to seem)
- The town of Wendell town was named for the American writer,
Oliver Wendell Holmes.
- The Swiss and German settlement of New Bern was named in honor
of the founder's home, Bern, Switzerland. When Bern, Switzerland was
founded, it was named by a group of hunters. They named the city for
the first animal they came upon on their hunting expedition. It was
a bear. "Bern" is the old Germanic word for Bear, and the bear
became the symbol of the city. It has been adopted by New Bern, as
- North Carolina was the first state in the nation to establish a
state museum of art.
- North Carolina was one of the first states in the U.S. to
establish a state symphony. The North Carolina Symphony, founded in
1943, currently performs nearly 185 full-orchestra concerts each
- North Carolina has the largest state-maintained highway system
in the United States. The state's highway system currently has
77,400 miles of roads
- The General Assembly of 1987 adopted milk as the official state
- The oldest town in the state is Bath, incorporated in 1705.
- Located in northeastern North Carolina on the Albemarle-Pamlico
peninsula, Columbia is on the eastern shore of the Scuppernong
River. The Indians called the area "the place of the sweet bay
- Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville on
March 7, 1914.
- White Lake near Elizabethtown is very unique in that it has a
white sandy bottom and is blessed with crystal clear waters. It has
also been labeled as the "Nation's Safest Beach." It is truly a
child's paradise in that there are no currents, no tides, no
hazardous depressions or real dangers of any kind to swimmers.
- North Carolina has 1,500 lakes of 10 acres or more in size and 37,000 miles of fresh water streams
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