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State Symbols and Official Adoptions

The North Carolina General Assembly adopted its first state symbol in 1885 with legislation recognizing the official State Flag. Since that time, the Legislature has adopted more symbols over time, from the State Dog to the State Beverage to the State Vegetable.  Some symbols are emblems or iconic representations of the state's history and culture, like the flag.  Others represent the state's unique natural heritage, like the Cardinal and the Venus Fly Trap, or elements that have been vital to sustaining people or the economy, like the Sweet Potato as the State Vegetable.

This list is updated as new state symbols are added.

Explore:

--NCpedia's State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions Interactive Timeline. 

--North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 145: State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions.

--Related student activity guide from LEARN NC: North Carolina Scavenger Hunt

--Articles on State Symbols in NCpedia

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I need more info

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Hi Ee,

Let us know what type of information you need and we'll try to help.

If you click on the blue text for each item in the state symbols list, you'll go to the NCpedia on that topic. 

I hope this helps!

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library

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I am visiting Robinnisville NC. I have seen these colorful geometric signs on a lot of buildings. I think they are all different. What are they? What do they mean?
Thank you,
Cynthia

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Hi Cynthia,

Thanks for visiting NCpedia and taking time to post your question.

It sounds like you have seen the barn quilts on the Graham County Quilt Trail.  

You'll find some information on the website for the Graham County quilt trail -- http://www.grahamquilttrails.org/.  And here is another for the website for the Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina -- http://www.quilttrailswnc.org//

If this is not what you've seen, please feel free to post back here and we'll try again!

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library

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hi

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were is ask nc knows box at cause i need to know something and that is dumb

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Hi Willow,

The "Ask NCknows" box will show up when Librarians at Ask NCknows are online and you'll see it in the upper right part of the NCpedia screen below the red menu.  If you don't see the chat box, you'll see an envelope to email us at NCpedia to ask your question.  It looks like this:

   

You can also go directly to NCknows at their website http://ncknows.org/.

I hope this helps!

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library

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You can get a lot of info about North Carolina on this website.

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