Fun Facts about North Carolina

  • In 1903 the Wright Brothers made the first successful powered flight by man at Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk.
  • The Outer Banks of NC hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
  • North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the nation.
  • The first English colony in America was located on Roanoke Island.
  • Babe Ruth hit his first home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914.
  • The Biltmore Estate in Ashville is America's largest home.
  • Grandfather Mountain is the only private park in the world designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve.
  • Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern in 1898.
  • Andrew Jackson was born in the Waxsaws area on the border of N. and S. Carolina.
  • Arnold Palmer honed his skills on the championship golf team of Wake Forest University.
  • James K. Polk was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
  • Andrew Johnson started his career as a tailor's apprentice in Raleigh
  • North Carolina leads the nation in furniture, tobacco, brick, and textile production.