Interesting Facts About North Carolina

  • Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith in Springfield.
  • Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William Morgan in Holyoke.
  • Clarence Birdseye revolutionized American mealtime when he invented frozen foods in Gloucester in 1925.
  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) invented the first computer in Cambridge in 1928.
  • Quincy is home to the first Dunkin Donuts and the first Howard Johnson’s.
  • James Michael Curley was the first mayor of Boston to have a car. The license plate number was “576,” the number of letters respectively in his name. Today, the mayor of Boston’s official car still has the same number on its license plate.
  • In the 1840s the potato famine drove many Irish to Massachusetts, and they eventually became the state’s largest ethnic group.
  • Harvard University, the nation’s oldest college, was chartered in Cambridg
    • Krispy Kreme Doughnut was founded in Winston-Salem.
    • Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States, was born in the Waxsaws area on the border of North and South Carolina.
    • Arnold Palmer recognized as the player whose aggressive play and winning personality raised golf to national attention, honed his skills on the championship golf team of Wake Forest University.
    • Hiram Rhoades Revels, born in Fayetteville in 1822, was the first African-American member of the United States Congress.
    • Fontana Dam is the tallest dam in the Eastern United States, at 480 feet high.
    • Many people believe that North Carolina was the first state to declare independence from England with the Mecklenburg Declaration of 1775.
    • Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern in 1898.
    • The first miniature golf course was built in Fayetteville.
    • Babe Ruth hit his first home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914.
    • Grandfather Mountain, highest peak in the Blue Ridge, is the only private park in the world designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve.
    • The Mile-High Swinging Bridge near Linville is 5,305 feet above sea level. The bridge actually hangs about 80 feet above the ground.
    • James K. Polk, born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, was the eleventh President of the United States.
    • Beech Mountain is Eastern America’s highest town at 5,506ft above sea level.
    • The first English child born in America was born in Roanoke in 1587. Her name was Virginia Dare.
    • The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama in Albemarle commemorates the birth of Virginia Dare. Scheduled to run just one year, it proved so successful that it has played for nearly sixty consecutive summers.
    • Winston-Salem was created when the two towns Winston and Salem combined.
    • Andrew Johnson started his career as a tailor’s apprentice in Raleigh, North Carolina and rose to lead in the reuniting of the nation as the seventeenth President of the United States.
    • North Carolina leads the nation in furniture, tobacco, brick, and textile production.
    • Saluda, North Carolina is located at the top of the Saluda Grade. The crest of the steepest standard gauge mainline railroad in the United States.
    • State Motto: Esse quam videri (To be rather than to seem)
    • The Biltmore Estate in Ashville is America’s largest home, and includes a 255-room chateau, an award-winning winery and extensive gardens.
    • The first state owned art museum in the country is located in Raleigh.
    • The Venus Fly-Trap is native to Hampstead.
    • The town of Wendell town was named for the American writer, Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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  • The Handel and Haydn Society, one of the nation’s oldest continually performing musical groups, was formed in Boston in 1815 by Gottlieb Graupner.
  • Among the many attractions of Boston is the Old South Meeting House, and the Old North Church, where lanterns signaled the start of Paul Revere’s ride.
  • The American industrial revolution began in Lowell. Lowell was America’s first planned industrial city.
  • On October 1, 1998, “Say Hello To Someone From Massachusetts” by Lenny Gomulka, was approved as the official polka of the Commonwealth.
  • 1634: Boston Common became the first public park in America.
  • 1891: The first basketball game was played in Springfield.
  • Massachusetts holds the two largest cites in New England, Boston, the largest, and Worcester.
  • The creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore, which was formerly private town and state owned land, marked the first time the federal government purchased land for a park.
  • Robert Goddard, inventor of the first liquid fueled rocket, was born and lived much of his life in Worcester and launched the first rocket fueled with liquid fuel from the neighboring town of Auburn.
  • Quincy boasts the first Dunkin Donuts on Hancock Street and the first Howard Johnson’s on Newport Ave.
  • Glaciers formed the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard during the ice age.
  • The first U.S.Postal zip code in Massachusetts is 01001 at Agawam.
  • Brewster has become the de facto “Wedding Capital of Cape Cod” because of its many small and larger inns that cater to weddings.
  • The birth control pill was invented at Clark University in Worcester.
  • The Boston Tea Party reenactment takes place in Boston Harbor every December 16th.
  • Balance Rock in Lanesborough is named in honor of a 25′ x 15′ x 10 boulder that balances upon a small stone below it.
  • Massachusetts first began issuing drivers licenses and registration plates in June of 1903.
  • The 3rd Monday in April is a legal holiday in Massachusetts called Patriot’s Day.
  • The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in Plymouth in 1621.
  • William Hill Brown published The Power of Sympathy in Worcester in 1789. An imitation of Goethe’s Sorrows of Young Werther it is regarded as the first American novel
  • The fourteen counties in Massachusetts are made up of 43 cities and 308 towns.
  • Charles Goodyear in Woburn first vulcanized rubber in 1839.
  • Elias Howe of Boston invented the first sewing machine in 1845.