North Carolina State Symbols

North Carolina State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

North Carolina Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

North Carolina is the location of the world's first controlled and sustained flight, by the Wright brothers in 1903. Today North Carolina is headquarters to some of America's largest banks and large high tech research centers. Outside of the classroom, students in North Carolina can enjoy a variety of recreational activities- swimming, skiing, bird watching, rock climbing, camping, spelunking, and freshwater and saltwater fishing.

The first European settlement in North Carolina is the famous Lost Colony of Roanoke Island that vanished sometime after 1587. North Carolina is the northern portion of the original 1629 land grant made by England's King Charles I, which was named in his honor (Carolus is Latin for Charles). North Carolina joined the Union in 1789 and is the 12th of the original 13 states. Today, North Carolina is a growing research center and banking state. The capital of the "Tar Heel State" is Raleigh, and the Plott hound (Canis familiaris) is the North Carolina state dog.

North Carolina State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of North Carolina state facts such as North Carolina state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over North Carolina, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

North Carolina State Symbols, Emblems, & Mascots

State Symbols

Symbol Name - (Species)

Art medium Clay
Excerpt from Session Law 2013-189, House Bill 830:
§ 145-46. State art medium designated.
Clay is adopted as the official art medium of the State of North Carolina.
Beverage Milk
Bird Cardinal
(Cardinalis cardinalis)
Blue Berry Blueberry
Blue Monday shad fry Blue Monday Shad Fry in East Arcadia  (Session Laws, 2013-282).
Butterfly Eastern tiger swallowtail
(Papilio glaucus)
Carnivorous Plant Venus Flytrap
(Dionaea muscipula)
Collard festival Ayden Collard Festival (Session Laws, 2007, c. 28).
Christmas tree Fraser fir
(Abies fraseri)
Colors Red and Blue
Community theater The Thalian Association, Wilmington
Dog Plott Hound
(Canis familiaris)
Flag State Flag
Flower Dogwood
Folk art Whirligigs created
by Vollis Simpson
Folk Dance Clogging
Food Festival of the Piedmont Triad Region
of the State of North Carolina
Lexington Barbecue Festival
(Session Laws, 2007, c. 533)
Fossil Fossilized teeth of the megalodon shark
Freshwater Trout Southern Appalachian brook trout
(Salvelinus fontinalis)
Frog Pine barrens tree frog
(Hyla andersonii)
Fruit Scuppernong Grape
(Genus Vitis)
Herring festival The Herring Festival in the town of Jamesville
(Session Laws, 2011-59)
Historical Boat Shad Boat
Horse Colonial Spanish mustang (Equus ferus caballus)
Insect Honeybee
International Festival Folkmoot USA
Irish potato festival North Carolina Potato Festival (formerly the Albemarle Potato Festival) (Session Laws, 2009, c. 24)
Language English
Fall Livermush Festival Shelby Livermush Festival (Session Laws, 2012-29).
Spring Livermush Festival The Marion Livermush Festival (Session Laws, 2012-29).
Mullet Festival Swansboro Mullet Festival (Session Laws, 2012-29).
Mammal Grey Squirrel
(Sciurus carolinensis)
Marsupial Virginia opossum
(Didelphis virginiana)
Military Academy Oak Ridge Military Academy, Oak Ridge
Mineral Gold
Motto Esse quam videri
(To be, rather than to seem)

Northeastern Watermelon
Hertford County Watermelon Festival
Quarter North Carolina State Quarter
Peanut festival Dublin Peanut Festival as the State Official Peanut Festival (Session Laws, 2013-313)
Popular Dance Shagging
Precious Stone Emerald
Red Berry Strawberry
Reptile and Emblem Eastern Box Turtle
(Terrapene carolina)
Rock Granite
Salamander Marbled salamander
(Ambystoma opacum)
Salt Water Fish Channel Bass (Red Drum)
(Sciaenops ocellatus)
Salute to flag Find out more...
Shad festival Town of Grifton's Shad Festival 
(Session Laws, 2011-36.)
Shrimp festival Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival
(Session Laws, 2011-65)
Seal Great Seal
Shell Scotch Bonnet (pronounced bonay)
(Phalium granulatum)
Song "The Old North State"
Sport Stock Car Racing
Southeastern Watermelon
Fair Bluff Watermelon Festival, Columbus County
Tartan Carolina tartan
Toast "A Toast"
Tree Pine
(Pinaceae Pinus palustris)
Vegetables Sweet Potato
Veterans Day parade Veterans Day Parade held in the Town of Warsaw
Wildflower Carolina Lily
(Lilium michauxii)
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