A charming, secluded waterfront village that curves around quiet Shallowbag Bay, Manteo dates from the 1800s and is popular with tourists.
Founded when Long Beach and Yaupon Beach consolidated in 1999, Oak Island is a classic, unhurried beach town. It stretches along a barrier island on the southern North Carolina shore but also has a cozy mainland section that is accessible via a bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway.
Designed to resemble a New England village, Pinehurst boasts a darling downtown and a storied golf resort.
Located in the lush Sandhills region of south central North Carolina, Pinehurst is the location of Pinehurst Trace, a 55+ community with construction that began in the mid-1980s. Building ended in 2007, although a few open home sites remain.
Sleepy Waynesville is tucked between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains in lush western North Carolina and appeals to people who love the outdoors.
The Tar Heel State was one of the first to instruct its Continental Congress delegates to vote for independence from British rule. After the Revolutionary War, it entered the Union on November 21, 1789 and started developing an extensive slave plantation system. It became a major exporter of cotton and tobacco. North Carolina was one of 11 states to secede from the Union and to spark the American Civil War.
Bordered by South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Atlantic ocean, North Carolina's geographic regions range from the barrier islands and low plains of the eastern Atlantic coast to the mountainous regions of the west. The rolling hills and waterfalls of the Piedmont lie in between. Because of a wide variance in altitudes, North Carolina's climate can be hard to predict. Winters, especially on the coast, can be warm and mild.
The state has 17 major river basins and is rich in hydroelectric power. Tobacco, sweet potatoes, hogs, trout, and turkeys are a few of its agricultural products. The arts and culture industry has become an economic driver. It supports more than 43,000 jobs and generates almost $120 million in state and local revenue.
North Carolina is the home of several firsts. Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville. The Wright brothers launched the first manned, self-propelled airplane from a cliff near Kitty Hawk. Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern. Vernon Rudolph first sold Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Winston-Salem.
Eastern sections of the state were severely flooded by Hurricane Florence in September, 2018.
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