Here are a few fun facts about my home state of North Carolina in the United States:
1. The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is the oldest State University in the United States.
2. 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.
3. High Point is known as the Furniture Capital of the World.
4. The Outer Banks of NC hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
5. Whitewater Falls in Transylvania County is the highest waterfall in the eastern United States.
6. Cape Hatteras is the largest lighthouse ever to be moved due to erosion problems.
7. 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.
8. Charles Karault was born and raised in Wilmington.
9. North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the nation.
10. The World War II battleship ‘North Carolina’ is permanently berthed on the Cape Fear River at Wilmington.
11. The first English colony in America was located on Roanoke Island. Walter Raleigh founded it.
12. The Biltmore Estate in Ashville is America’s largest home, and includes a 255-room chateau, an award-winning winery and extensive gardens.
13. The first English child born in America was born in Roanoke in 1587. Her name was Virginia Dare.