North Carolina is a state in the southeast of the United States. It is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean and is also bordered by South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. Here are ten fun facts about the state that you may not know.
The Wright Brothers Made Their First Flight Here
The first successful flight that the Wright brothers made was at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina. This beach was chosen because of the almost constant windy conditions that provided their aircraft with the lift that was needed.
It Has Some Of The Best Beaches In The United States
Some of the most beautiful beaches in the US can be found on the Outer Banks of the state. This area has become somewhat of a holiday destination and there are plenty of hotels, bars and restaurants nearby.
It Is Home To The Largest Air Base In The Marine Corps
The largest Marine air base, Cherry Point, is located in the small town of Havelock. Many of the marines who live here do so with their families and there are a lot of facilities in the town for the children and wives of the servicemen.
It Is The Birthplace Of Two Presidents
James Polk and Andrew Johnson were both born in North Carolina. There is also some debate about whether Andrew Jackson should also be added to this list as it is not clear if he was born in this state or just across the border in South Carolina.
An Area Of Cape Hatteras Is Known As The Graveyard Of The Atlantic
The treacherous waters around Cape Hatteras have led to many ships running aground here. Famous shipwrecks include the Queen Anne’s Revenge which was the ship of Blackbeard the pirate.
It Is The Site Of The First English Colony
The first English colony was founded on Roanoke Island in 1586. However, this colony did not succeed and it would be another twenty years before the English were able to set up a permanent colony in the United States.
Cape Hatteras Is The Largest Lighthouse To Have Been Moved
The original lighthouse at Cape Hatteras was made from timber and was first lit in 1857. This lighthouse was only in place for thirteen years before a new concrete structure was built to replace it.
It Has The Highest Waterfall In The Eastern United States
Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. The paths around the falls are very accessible and people of all fitness levels can walk along them to get a great view of the falls..
The North Carolina Battleship Was Saved From Scrap By The Public
The World War II battleship North Carolina would have been sold as scrap if it was not saved by donations from the public. Today it is permanently based in Wilmington and is open to members of the public.
Pepsi And Krispy Kreme Were Founded In North Carolina
Two of the best-known food and drink brands in the world have their roots in North Carolina. Both brands were founded here and so the people of this state would have been the first to get a taste of them.