Central North Carolina Facts
During the Civil War, the Confederate Naval Yard was moved to central North Carolina from Virginia to ensure its safety from Union troops.
Although Charlotte is in the middle of the state, hundreds of miles away from the coast, the city was considered a safe place for the Naval Yard.
The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the first state-owned art museum in the United States,
contains one of the most distinguished collections of Old Masters in the South. As the museum is publicly
owned, this collection belongs to the citizens of North Carolina.
North Carolinian Hinton James was one of the earliest Tar Heel travelers.
In the late 1700s, he traveled from Wilmington to Chapel Hill, on foot, to
become the first student at the nation’s first state-chartered university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Old Salem is a restored 18th-century Moravian congregation town
that depicts life in the original town of Salem, North Carolina.
Founded in 1753, Salem was among the first towns in America to have
a public water system, a fire department and a school for girls.
Discovery Place, located in Charlotte, is the largest museum of science
and technology in North Carolina and one of the country’s major science centers.
Also located in the same complex is the country’s largest planetarium, the Kelly
Space Voyage Planetarium.
The Spencer Shops Roundhouse, located in Salisbury on the site
of what was once South Railway Company’s largest steam locomotive servicing facility,
is the largest such building in the United States. The Roundhouse is a C-shaped structure
used to repair, house and switch steam locomotives.
The North Carolina Transportation Museum, located at Historic Spencer Shops in Salisbury,
is the South’s largest transportation museum, with exhibits of all means of transportation,
from dugout canoes to massive steam locomotives.
The North Carolina Zoo near Asheboro is the nation’s largest walk-through,
natural-habitat zoo and was the first American zoo designed from its inception
around the natural-habitat philosophy.
Putt-Putt Golf was invented in Fayetteville, North Carolina.