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12 Things You Might Not Know About North Carolina

Each state has some surprising facts but North Carolina has some downright awesome ones like these ten!

1. On a clear day you can see the Charlotte skyline from the Mile-High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain. The bridge is positioned at 5,280 ft. above sea level.

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2. Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of famous author F. Scott Fitzgerald, died in a fire that destroyed Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville. The Fitzgerald’s frequently vacationed in Asheville, and during her battle with mental illness, she spent a total of seven consecutive years in the hospital until a fire destroyed it one night.

3. Speaking of writers, poet Carl Sandburg published more than one-third of his work from his home in Flat Rock.

4. The official state beverage is milk.

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5. The remains of the wreckage of Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, lies of the coast of Morehead City. It was discovered by archaeologists in 1996.

6. Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi is named after UNC professor Elisha Mitchell who was first to measure the mountain in 1835.

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7. There is speculation over if seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, was really born in North Carolina. The Waxhaw-region, the site of his birth, had yet to be surveyed. Andrew Jackson could possibly have been a South Carolinian.

8. Babe Ruth hit his first home of his professional career in Fayetteville in a Baltimore Oriels scrimmage.

9. The state insect is the honeybee

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10. The state song is “The Old North State.”

11. The pair of socks hanging from the High Point chest of drawers symbolizes the state’s hosiery industry.

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12. North Carolina is home to the largest world’s largest ten commandments. You can see them in Murphy.

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Which one surprised you? Which ones have you heard? Tell us in the comments!

Emory Rakestraw
Emory was born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys writing, photography, filmmaking, travel, wine and cheese. You can find more of her work on emoryrakestraw.com