Welcome to the great state of North Carolina.
If you’re thinking of relocating here and you’re wanting to buy some North Carolina Real Estate, then Basin Creek Realty wants to provide you with some information and facts about North Carolina. This article is designed to introduce you to our state and to highlight some of the reasons folks like calling North Carolina home.
Some of the first people to call North Carolina home were Native Americans: Cherokee, Creek, Tuscarora, Lumbee and Catawba. “I like calling North Carolina home” was once a promotional song for our state and is the sentiments of most that live here including the writer of this article. I’ve been calling North Carolina home for the past 40 years, and I plan to continue for many years to come.
Speaking of North Carolina songs, The Old North State was adopted as our official state song back in 1927. The name “Old North State” dates back to when North Carolina was established as an Early American Colony. In the 1600’s, King Charles of England directed that the land from Albemarle Sound to the St. John’s River be called Carolina. The word Carolina is from the Latin form of Charles. (Obviously, the King wanted this named for him.) In 1710, North Carolina was divided into two states. The southern part was called South Carolina and the northern part, North Carolina. Therefore, North Carolina was given the nickname “The Old North State.” North Carolina was one of the original 13 states and was home to the first English colony in the New World or the Americas. Virginia Dare, the first English child to be born in North America, was born in North Carolina, and Dare County, North Carolina was named for her.
Citizens of our state have a real independent streak, and to prove it, the North Carolina Colony was the first to declare independence from Great Britain on April 12, 1776. Then on November 21, 1789, North Carolina ratified the Constitution to become the twelfth state in the Union. The nickname “Tarheels” was not originally from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, although that is how it is most used today. During my research on “Tarheels,” I found at least three different legends behind the name given to those living in North Carolina. The legend which I have heard most often growing up in the Tarheel State was: After a particularly fierce battle during the Civil War involving troops from North Carolina, General Robert E. Lee was quoted as saying, “There they stand as if they have tar on their heels.” The other two legends were related to North Carolina´s early products: tar and pitch.
Some other basic facts about North Carolina are that we are bordered to the north by Virginia, bordered to the west by Tennessee, to the southwest by Georgia, to the south by South Carolina, and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean. Located midway between New York and Florida, the Southern and/or Mid-Atlantic state of North Carolina is divided into three geographical regions: Mountain, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain. From Manteo to Murphy, North Carolina covers it all from the Outer Banks and beaches, to farmland and industrial areas, and to the Blue Ridge Mountains. As for climate, North Carolina experiences all four seasons of the year. While the mountains have more snow than the other regions, it is not unheard of to also have snow along our coast during the winter months.
If you´re wondering how many of us live here–according to the 2014 U.S. Census Bureau, North Carolina has an estimated population of 9,943,964. North Carolina has 100 counties, our state capitol is Raleigh, and our state bird is the Cardinal. Agriculture is by far the leading industry in North Carolina. Grains (wheat, corn, barley), hay, cattle, dairy, poultry, fruits (apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches), horses, pecans, vegetables (peppers, cabbage, cucumbers, strawberries, watermelon), tobacco, bedding/ gardening plants, flowers, and Christmas trees represents some of the agricultural industry in North Carolina. In fact, the North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry is ranked second in the nation in number of trees harvested. If you will allow us to brag a bit, the North Carolina Fraser fir has been chosen for the official White House Christmas tree on several occasions. From the Mountains to the Piedmont to the Coastal Plain, there are farms, livestock markets, farmers´ markets, and produce stands found all across our state, and all contributing to the North Carolina´s Agricultural Industry. The Furniture Industry in North Carolina dates back to the early 1900´s. For many years, North Carolina has been a national leader in furniture production. High Point, North Carolina, has been and continues to be the home of the annual Furniture Market. However, in recent years the Furniture Industry in the Tarheel State has faced some big economic challenges and downsizing. Some blame “out sourcing” overseas for the decline.
In recent years, the Yadkin Valley Wine Region or Yadkin Valley Appellation has been named as the first American Viticulture Area in North Carolina. As we stated earlier, the Old North State has traditionally had a large agricultural industry, and viticulture is the latest edition to that industry. There are several vineyards and wineries in the Yadkin Valley area that are open to the public for tours, wine-tasting, and other events throughout the year. There is also a Yadkin Wine Festival that is held in Elkin, NC, each year in May.
Lights. Camera. Action! It’s the North Carolina Film Industry! Since the early 1990´s, North Carolina has become one of the largest film making states outside of California. Today, movie studios can be found in Shelby, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Asheville, and Wilmington. Here are some movies and television shows filmed in North Carolina that you might recognize: Matlock, Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, and Cape Fear. While we´re on the subject of television shows, do you remember the Andy Griffith Show? Andy Griffith is a native of Mount Airy, North Carolina. Mount Airy is the city for which the fictional Mayberry is based. In fact, a shopping mall in Mount Airy is called “Mayberry Mall.” Another fictional place from the Andy Griffith Show, Mount Pilot, was based on the real Pilot Mountain which is a North Carolina State Park.
If you’re interested in sports, then you should know that North Carolina has several minor minor league teams and 4 major sports leagues including: Carolina Hurricanes (Ice Hockey), Carolina Panthers Football, Carolina Hornets (NBA), and Charlotte Sting (Women´s NBA). North Carolina is also well known within the ACC with 4 major universities: UNC Tarheels, NC State Wolfpack, Duke Blue Devils, and Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Alright all you “frequent flyers”, do you know what happened December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina? Two brothers from Ohio made history that day in a mere 12 seconds. Wilbur and Orville Wright successfully got a “heavier than air” machine in short but sustained flight off the sand dunes at Kill Devil Hills. A monument and museum now mark the spot where history was made by the Wright Brothers over a century ago.
NASCAR can trace roots back to North Carolina. Many moons ago, “Moonshining” was a way of life for some in North Carolina, and a historical paths that led to NASCAR. Junior Johnson, a native of Wilkes County, NC, became a legend in the NASCAR industry. Johnson also once rebuilt cars in order to haul moonshine and run from the Law. Today, Lowe´s Home Improvement, which is based in North Carolina, is sponsor of the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC. Another community in North Carolina, Level Cross, is home to Petty Racing and to NASCAR racing legend Richard Petty. Other race car drivers are based in the Mooresville and Lake Norman area.
There is so much to tell about North Carolina. I haven´t even mentioned those famous Carolina blue skies, Biltmore House, Grandfather Mountain and the Linn Cove Viaduct, Skiing in the High Country, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, vacationing along the Outer Banks or Blue Ridge Mountains, and North Carolina´s many outdoor dramas including: Horn in the West, Boone, NC; Lost Colony, Manteo, NC; and Unto These Hills, Cherokee, NC. Of course, America´s great military is also represented in our state with Ft. Bragg Army Base (Home of the Airborne) in Fayetteville, NC, and Seymour-Johnson Airforce Base in Goldsboro, NC. Yes, we like calling North Carolina home, and we bet you will, too! We invite you to come Visit NC and see for yourself.