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We proudly display our Pine Cone Logo to honor North Carolina’s history as the “Old North State”.

The word Carolina comes from Carolus, the Latin form of the name Charles.  In 1629, King Charles I granted territory in America to be named Carolina.  In 1663, King Charles II granted a new charter for the same territory and two years later the charter expanded the colony north to the current NC/VA border and south to 29° N latitude - just south of Daytona Beach, Florida.  Then Carolina colony was divided in 1710.  The southern part was called South Carolina and the older, northern settlement, North Carolina. 

From this came the nickname, “The Old North State."

Products derived from North Carolina’s abundance of pine trees put us on the map in the new world as a producer of  “naval stores” – tar, pitch, rosin and turpentine, all culled from the State’s extensive pine forests.   Historians agree that it was this industry which gave North Carolina its other nickname, the “Tar Heel State”.  They recorded that during one of the fiercest battles during the War Between the States, the North Carolinians successfully fought it alone and upon hearing of the incident, General Lee announced: “God bless the Tar Heel Boys” – and the name stuck.



References and Credits:

Charter of 1629Charter of 1663Charter of 1665 (from the Avalon Project at Yale Law School)

Clark, Walter, ed. 1901. Histories of the several regiments and battalions from North Carolina, in the great war 1861-'65, Vol. 3. Raleigh: E.M. Uzzell.

Creecy, Richard B. 1901. Grandfather's tales of North Carolina history. Raleigh: Edwards & Broughton.

Lefler, Hugh and Albert Newsome. 1973. North Carolina: The history of a southern state. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Authors: Case, Steven  From: Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.Top of FormBottom of Form  1 June 2007 | Case, Steven

Sources: R. B. Creecy, Grandfather Tales of North Carolina; Walter Clark, Histories of North Carolina Regiments, Vol. III; State Library of NC. 

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