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Mother Vine Encyclopedia

Known as the “oldest cultivated vine in America,” the Mother Vine on Roanoke Island is reportedly over 400 years old.  Historians debate the exact age of the vine, and one claims that its history rests mainly on unsubstantiated yarns.  But one thing is certain: no one knows of another vine in the United States older than the Mother Vine in Roanoke Island.

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Nash County (1777) Encyclopedia

On the border of the Piedmont and the coastal region, Nash was incorporated in 1777.  Its namesake is General Francis Nash who died while serving the Patriot cause during the Revolutionary War. An important agricultural county, Nash County farmers grow crops ranging from tobacco to cucumbers to cotton. The first Hardee’s Restaurant opened in Nash County in 1960, and Jim Thorpe started his baseball career in the region with the Rocky Mount Railroaders.

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Naval Stores Encyclopedia

From the 1730s to the 1860s, the naval stores industry was an increasingly profitable business.  With its abundant Long Leaf Pines, North Carolina soon emerged as an invaluable producer of tar, pitch, and turpentine not only in the national economy but also in the international market.  

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New Hanover County (1729) Encyclopedia

Referred to as the “Hollywood of the East” and home to the Azalea Festival, New Hanover County, although a relatively small county, has a prominent historical and cultural role in the state. Established in 1729, the county’s seat of government, Wilmington, attracts many vacationers and tourists year after year. Some important historical attractions include the Fort Fisher State Historic Site, the North Carolina Aquarium, and the U.S.S. North Carolina.

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Norfolk and Southern Railroad Bridge Encyclopedia

Known as the “longest continuous railroad bridge in the world,” the Norfolk and Southern Railroad Bridge cost $1 million to build and spanned 28,000 feet across the Albemarle Sound. 

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North Carolina Button Factory Encyclopedia

A manufacturing company in Wilmington, the North Carolina Button Factory produced Confederate uniform buttons.  In 1861, Louis Froelich, the “Sword Maker for the Confederacy,” started working in the arms industry and gained experience that helped him establish and supervise the Confederate Arms Factory.

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Northampton County (1741) Encyclopedia

A northern coastal county that borders Virginia, Northampton was formed from Bertie County in 1741, and its seat of government is Jackson.  The Roanoke River meanders through the region, and the Roanoke Rapids are another interesting physical feature of the county.  The first railroad to pass through North Carolina did so in Northampton in the early 1830s, and Sir Archie, North Carolina’s finest thoroughbred, was from the region.

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Oakdale Cemetery Encyclopedia


Located in Wilmington, Oakdale Cemetery is the largest in the city, and many prominent Wilmingtonians are buried there.  Oakdale is also known for being North Carolina’s first rural cemetery.

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Onslow County (1734) Encyclopedia

Onslow County, formed in 1734 and named after Sir Arthur Onslow, is a southern coastal county in North Carolina. Its seat of government is Jacksonville, and it is home to the largest Marine base in the world, Camp Lejeune. The first time Europeans encountered Native Americans may have occurred in Onslow County.

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Outer Banks Encyclopedia

The Outer Banks are a series of barrier islands that stretch nearly 200 miles along the North Carolina coast.  Beginning at the Virginia border, the Outer Banks pass through Currituck, Hyde, Dare, and Carteret counties. The large Albemarle Sound and Pamlico Sound separate the outer islands – Bodie, Roanoke, Hatteras, and Ocracoke – from mainland North Carolina.

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Pamlico County (1872) Encyclopedia

The Pamlico Indians resided in present-day Pamlico County before European settlers arrived in the mid-1600s. Formally established in 1872, the county’s seat is Bayboro, named for the Bay River. One important tourist attraction is the Oriental Regatta, a highly acclaimed sailboat race.

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Pasquotank County (1668) Encyclopedia

As one of North Carolina’s earliest settled counties, Pasquotank County’s expansive history and beautiful topography contribute to make this county a gem of the state’s Coastal Plains region.

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Pender County (1875) Encyclopedia

Site of first Patriot victory of the American Revolutionary War, Pender County has a unique history in North Carolina. Established in 1875, Pender’s county seat is Burgaw, and other communities include Topsail Beach, Surf City, and Rocky Point. The oldest house in North Carolina, the Sloop Point Plantation, stands in Pender County.

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Perquimans County (1668) Encyclopedia

“The land of beautiful women,” Perquimans County was once home to the Yeopim and Weapemeoc.  During the early colonial era, several rebellions occurred in the county despite the large Quaker presence within the region.  Established in 1668, Perquimans is home to the oldest colonial structure in North Carolina, and its seat of government is Hertford.

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Gaylord Perry (1938 - ) Encyclopedia

One of the best pitchers to play in the major league of baseball, Gaylord Perry was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. Born in Williamston, the right-handed pitcher was known for his fastball, his competitive spirit, and for “doctoring” up the baseballs he threw. Perry holds the distinction as the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both major leagues, and he ranks #6 on the all-time list of strikeouts with over 3,500.

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