Online NC Encyclopedia

The North Carolina Encyclopedia (NCpedia) highlights North Carolina's unique resources, people and culture to enrich, educate and inform. It provides a wealth of information on North Carolina counties, communities, famous people, government, history and symbols. Divided into eight sections, this site answers many of the questions school children have when studying North Carolina including the history of the state and its symbols.

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  • In the Counties and Communities section there is an overview of the “developments and changes in the roles of county government over 400 years of North Carolina history.” Included is the history of each of the 100 counties in the state. The county profiles provide demographic and economic data. Students can even learn how to pronounce the county names.
  • The Education section of the site has information on the 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina System. North Carolina has an extensive community college system as well as a proud heritage of historically black colleges and universities. There is also information on the private colleges and universities in the state.
  • The Geography section “explores North Carolina’s topographical diversity from the Appalachian Mountains to the Outer Banks and the Atlantic coast.”
  • The Health section talks about the past problems with malaria in the state. It also gives a brief overview of the eugenics movement of the 20th century.
  • The History section provides information on famous individuals hailing from North Carolina. There is a chronology of events of the 400 year history of the state.
  • The People section highlights those individuals that have made a difference in the state. Some of them are Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown, Josephus Daniels, Thomas Wolfe, and Michael Jordan.
  • The State Government section has information on the Constitution of North Carolina, the governors, and the cabinet and the council of state.
  • Last are the State Symbols. “From the State Dog to the State Beverage to the State Vegetable, browse the varied list of official North Carolina symbols and emblems.”