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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.


--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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How can you find out who sponsered the bill to have the state symbols adopted? We are looking for insect, reptile and precious stone.


I have a heavy wooden (early 1900's??)wall seal of NC, probably 2 ft in diameter. I wonder if it has antique value. It's very heavy.


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Interesting for sure, didn't know there were so many official things for each state lol. How does the government find the time to do all this, but no time to create jobs, help people get an education or start a business? Sure makes you wonder...


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