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100 Interesting Things About N.C.

Posted March 15, 2010

Thank you for sharing more than 100 golden memories on Friday. I'd like to keep the century theme going today.

Let's name 100 interesting things about North Carolina. Please limit your remarks to one item per thread but return as often as you'd like. We'll keep the blog going til we have at least 100 comments.  If you like today's topic help make this a Golo Hot Topic by voting at the start of the comments section.

Think about important events that have happened here and prominent figures and places. Think about inventors and sports

I'll start:

North Carolina has the highest peak east of the Mississippi River in Mt. Mitchell at 6,684 feet.

By the way, WRAL Morning News Crew Chief Stuart Todd doesn't think we can do it. He doubts we can come up with 100 interesting things to say about North Carolina. Can we prove him wrong? I think so.



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  • littlered Mar 20, 2010

    NC has the only city divided into 3 counties. Sharpsburg divided into Wilson, Nash and Edgecomb.

  • dharper22 Mar 18, 2010

    Robeson County has a three way blend in population. One Third each of Indian, Black and White.

  • wkph Mar 17, 2010

    The North Carolina Fraser fir has won the National Christmas Tree Association competition more than any other species.
    The NCTA winner is presented to the First Lady for the White House Christmas Tree.

  • wkph Mar 17, 2010

    Northerners' retire to NC regularly but you never see anyone from NC go to NY to retire.

  • wkph Mar 17, 2010

    Andy Griffith taught school in Goldsboro (Wayne County) before he hit it big.

  • Chatham Rebel Mar 16, 2010

    The formentioned post is correct. Fransis Bavier (Aunt Bea) spent her retirement in Siler City and is buried there.

    Charlie Daniels graduated from Goldston High School in the class of 1955 and is living in Hendersonville, TN.

    Also Carbine Williams developed the carbine rifle while being incarcerated in Central Prison in Raleigh.

    Little known fact one of the worst mine disasters happened in the Egypt Coal Mine in the small community of Cumnock, NC.

    Also in that same community is the Endor Iron Furnace which provided iron and cannonballs to the Confederacy during the Civil War.

  • HeyYou858 Mar 16, 2010

    Located on private property on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, the "MotherVine" is the oldest living grape vine in the Americas, at over 400 years old.

  • HeyYou858 Mar 16, 2010

    Of course, Orville and Wilbur Wright's first airplane flight was on Jockey's Ridge on December 17, 1903.

  • HeyYou858 Mar 16, 2010

    In late March 1865, the Battle of Bentonville was the last major Confederate effort to stop General Sherman on his march through the South.

  • HeyYou858 Mar 16, 2010

    In 1985 an amendment to NC’s lawbooks (spearheaded by Uli Bennewitz, owner of Weeping Radish Brewery, Farm and Restaurant) makes Brewpubs legal in North Carolina. Uli opened the Weeping Radish on Manteo in 1988.




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