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North Carolina State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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Designation Symbol / Emblem AdoptedList by year


North Carolina General Assembly. North Carolina General Statutes <http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/statutes/Statutes.asp> Accessed January 23, 2011.
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Flag Find out more... 1885
Great seal Find out more... 1893
Song "The Old North State," words by William Gaston, music by Mrs. E. E. Randolph 1927
Flower Dogwood (Genus Cornus) 1941
Bird Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1943
Colors Red and blue 1945
Toast "A Toast" to North Carolina 1957
Tree Pine (Genus Pinus) 1963
Shell Scotch bonnet (pronounced bonay) (Semicassis granulata) 1965
Mammal Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) 1969
Saltwater fish Channel bass or Red drum(Sciaenops ocellatus) 1971
Insect Honeybee (Apis millifera) 1973
Precious stone Emerald 1973
Reptile and emblem Turtle, Eastern box turtle 1979
Rock Granite 1979
Beverage Milk 1987
Historical boat Shad boat 1987
Language English 1987
Dog Plott hound (Canis lupus familiaris) 1989
Military academy Oak Ridge Military Academy, Oak Ridge 1991
Tartan Find out more... 1991
Northeastern watermelon festival Hertford County Watermelon Festival, Murfreesboro 1993
Southeastern watermelon festival Fair Bluff Watermelon Festival, Columbus County 1993
Vegetable Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) 1995
Blue berry Blueberry (Genus Vaccinium) 2001
Fruit Scuppernong grape (Genus SYMBSCI) 2001
Red berry Strawberry (Genus Fragaria) 2001
International festival Folkmoot USA 2003
Wildflower Carolina lily (Lilium michauxii) 2003
Carnivorous plant Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) 2005
Christmas tree Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) 2005
Folk dance Clogging 2005
Freshwater trout Southern Appalachian strain of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) 2005
Popular dance Shagging 2005
Collard festival Ayden Collard Festival 2007
Community theater The Thalian Association, Wilmington 2007
Food Festival of the Piedmont Triad Region of the State of North Carolina Lexington Barbecue Festival 2007
Salute to flag Find out more... 2007
Irish potato festival Albemarle Potato Festival, Elizabeth City 2009
Horse Colonial Spanish mustang (Equus ferus caballus) 2010
Herring festival Herring Festival held in the Town of Jamesville 2011
Shad festival Grifton Shad Festival 2011
Shrimp festival Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival 2011
Mineral Gold (Aurum) 2011
Sport Stock car racing 2011
Butterfly Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) 2012
Fossil Fossilized teeth of the megalodon shark 2013
Frog Pine barrens tree frog (Hyla andersonii) 2013
Salamander Marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) 2013
Marsupial Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) 2013
Folk art Whirligigs created by Vollis Simpson 2013
Art medium Clay 2013
Blue Monday shad fry Blue Monday Shad Fry, East Acadia 2013
Peanut festival Dublin Peanut Festival 2013
Veterans Day parade Veterans Day Parade held in the Town of Warsaw 2016

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North Carolina Facts and Symbols
North Carolina
Facts and Symbols

Shelley Swanson Sateren

North Carolina Facts and Symbols, by Shelley Swanson Sateren. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major North Carolina symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols
State Names, Seals
Flags and Symbols

Benjamin F. Shearer
Barbara S. Shearer

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.

State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."

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