Welcome to North Carolina – or as I often heard it referenced when I lived there North Cackalacky. This was one of those expressions I never understood why, but this virtual travel posting research has taught me new, if irrelevant, information.
Apparently that term that started in the 1960s by soldiers who were sent to army bases in the state, and was used in a somewhat derogatory manner. The Carolina folks however have somewhat embraced the term to the point one person has started a barbecue sauce called Cackalacky.
Speaking of barbecue, Carolina’s is the best! But even in North Carolina there is debate about which barbecue is best – Eastern (coastal) or Western/Lexington/Piedmont.
The Eastern style is more vinegar based whereas the Western is tomato based.
Carolina heaven – where’s the sweet tea.
Ironically barbecue is not the official North Carolina state food, as they have none. They do however have 50 state symbols!
State Art Medium – Clay
State Carnivorous Plant – Venus Flytrap. Native only to a small area around Wilmington, North Carolina, it is now cultivated worldwide.
State Dog – Plott Hound
State Dance – Clogging
1951 – State Capitol 1974 – Tryon Palace 1988 – Three Presidents Statue 2000 – Old Salem Pedestrian Bridge 2003 – Wright Brothers 2004 – Greensboro’s Douglas Galyon Depot 2006 – Doc Watson Highway
The North Carolina State Capitol is in Raleigh. This building dates from 1833, and was saved from General Sherman’s march in the Civil War by the governor of the time, Zebulon Vance, sending a peace delegation to negotiate with Sherman. Legend has it that Raleigh is the only southern city that Sherman came across that wasn’t heavily damaged, although part of it was it was right as the peace treaty as ready to be signed.
The area around Raleigh has had tremendous growth in the last few decades thanks to Research Triangle Park, the largest research park in the United States.
The name, and drivers, behind RTP are the three major universities in the area, University of North Carolina, Duke and North Carolina State University.
It was created in 1959, and has grown steadily ever since, with over 60,000 people now working there for companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Cisco and the National Institute of Health.
The state government areas in the middle of the city are home not only to the capitol and legislature buildings, but numerous museums.
One of the most famous locations in the state is located along the coast at Kitty Hawk. It was here in 1903 that Orville and Wilbur Wright came down from Ohio to escape the cold and test their invention, the airplane.
The site is a National Historic Site, with a full scale sculpture of the plane, as well as markers detailing those first 4 fledgling flights.
From the Ocean to the Mountains
1958 – Beach 1977 – Lake Norman 1988 – Wrightsville Beach 1990 – Coastal Carolina
North Carolina stretches for 500 miles inland from the ocean to the Appalachian Mountains. One of the nicer mountain regions is at Stone Mountain State Park (not to be confused with the one in Georgia with confederate soldiers carved on it).
The Outer Banks of North Carolina has some of the finest beaches in the country, along with giant sand dunes, and an apparent bulls eye for hurricanes to aim for.
1967 – Blue Ridge Parkway 1972 – Great Smoky Mountains National Park 1982 – Joyce Killmer Forest 1996 – Blue Ridge Parkway 2002 – Cascade Falls Hanging Rock State Park 2007 – Collage 2015 – Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the country’s longest park, running for 429 miles along the tops of the Appalachian Mountains from Virginia through North Carolina.
It’s most famous spot is the viaduct at Linn Cove on Grandfather Mountain, featured on two of the maps above. (photos below from various internet sites)
1973 – Lake Norman 2011 – Wild Flowers 2013 – Outer Banks
Eastern North Carolina has a number of picturesque towns, including Edenton. In the mid 1600s settlers from Jamestown came inland and founded Edenton Colony, making it the first European settlement in North Carolina.
The town served briefly as the North Carolina capital.
1986 – White Water Rafting 1995 – North Carolina Zoological Park 2001 – Airborne & Special Operations Museum 2005 – Pinehurst
The central North Carolina area has a number of cool places to visit including a restored ‘Clamshell’ Shell station in Winston- Salem.
Durham has two classic baseball stadiums; the older one was featured in the movie Bull Durham, and continues to this day to host college games, while the newer stadium is now home to the Durham Bulls.
Seemingly misplaced, the NHL has a team located in Raleigh.
Near the Virginia border is the home of ‘Grave Digger’, monster truck extraordinaire.
At the other end of the state, on the South Carolina border is Charlotte, the states largest city. It is a fast growing city, and financial headquarters to numerous banks. (Photos from Wikipedia)
In the far western edge of the state is Asheville, a bastion of blue in a sea of red in the mountains. Asheville is an artist center. (Photo from Wikipedia)
Lastly we visit Mount Airy – aka Mayberry. This small northeastern North Carolina town was the home of an actor named Andy Griffith, who starred in a 1960s TV show where he was a small town sheriff in Mayberry. It was based on his hometown, and to this date they live off of that reputation. (photo from Wikipedia).
By y’all for now.