46 Interesting Facts About North Carolina

Last updated on December 29th, 2020

41. Mugs are in plenty

The House of Mugs in Collettesville sounds like a gift shop, but it is an eclectic collection of thousands of mugs that cover a cabin and other structures on a property. The owners invite visitors to add to the collection by bringing and hanging a mug if they can find an empty spot.

42. A water spitting head

David Černý’s Metalmorphosis in Charlotte is a giant polished steel kinetic water-spitting, head-shaped fountain at the Whitehall Corporate Center. The colossal, eye-catching piece weighs 14 tons and features mirrored, stacked layers that rotate 360 degrees with all layers coming together to reform the shape of a head during rotations.

The Frying Pan Tower, North Carolina.
The Frying Pan Tower, North Carolina. Image credit – John Flannery

43. A lighthouse by the name of Frying Pan Tower

Frying Pan Tower in Southport was built 32 miles off North Carolina’s Coast in 1964 as a lighthouse to prevent ships from running aground in the shallow waters of Frying Pan Shoals. Previously operated by the Coast Guard, the tower is now a non-profit project used for education, recreation, and research.

44. Clean and green

Cary has made it easy for residents to ride their bikes or walk around town. With 200 miles of green way and biking paths, residents can bike or walk to work, school, parks, and other destinations, contributing to cleaner air and a sustainable community.

Kitty Hawk Monument to a Century of Flight. North Carolina facts
Kitty Hawk Monument to a Century of Flight. Image credit – Outer Banks

45. A tribute to the first flight

The Monument to a Century of Flight in Kitty Hawk consists of 14 wing-shaped, stainless steel pylons that start at 10 feet tall and ascend to 20 feet and set in a circle measuring 120 feet. The 120-foot circle is symbolic of the distance of the first flight by brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. Visitors can read the panels on the pylons to learn about events that have impacted aviation.

46. Collection of Wesleyan Staffordshire Pottery

The World Methodist Museum at Lake Junaluska was built in 1956 chronicles Methodist history. Visitors will find numerous artifacts, including rare books, manuscripts, poetry, replicas, and the most extensive collection of Wesleyan Staffordshire Pottery in the world.

North Carolina – quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationNC
State CapitalRaleigh
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State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 53,819 sq miles; Land Only: 48,711 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2018 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodNovember 21, 1789
State rank by population9th
State rank by date of formation12th
State rank by area28th
Number of Counties100
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DemonymNorth Carolinian (official);
Tar Heel (colloquial)
Bordering StatesGeorgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointMount Mitchell
6,684 ft (2037 m)
Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean
Sea level
Mean elevation700 feet above sea level
Length560 miles (901 km)
Width170 miles (261 km)
National ParksGreat Smoky Mountains National Park
GovernorRoy Cooper (D)
Lieutenant GovernorDan Forest (R)
Electoral Votes15
State MottoEsse quam videri (To be, rather than to seem)
State NicknameTar Heel State
% Water9.5
Nobel Prize WinnersKary B. Mullis (Chemistry, 1993)
Daniel L. McFadden (Economic Sciences, 2000)
Famous PeopleChris Hanburger (Pro Football Player)
Gaylord Perry (Baseball Player)
James Worthy (Basketball Player)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Actress & Singer)
Julianne Moore (Actress)
Tori Amos (singer-songwriter)
U.S. Presidents Born in North Carolina1. James Knox Polk.
2. Andrew Johnson.
State Song"The Old North State"
State WildflowerCarolina lily

State BoatShad Boat

State BerryBlueberry and strawberry
State BirdCardinal
State FlowerDogwood
State ReptileEastern box turtle
State Carnivorous PlantVenus flytrap
State Dog
Plott hound
State InsectHoneybee
State Christmas TreeFraser fir
State TreePine
FossilMegalodon teeth
State FruitGrape
State MineralGold
State HorseColonial Spanish mustang
State MammalGray squirrel
State VegetableSweet potato
State RockGranite
State ButterflyEastern tiger swallowtail
Longitude75° 28′ W to 84° 19′ W
Latitude33° 50′ N to 36° 35′ N
Time ZoneEastern Time Zone
Area Codes252, 336, 704, 828, 910, 919, 980, 984
Table Last UpateJune 8, 2020
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