Welcome to Raleigh!

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*Press the green flag to begin the presentation. Have fun learning a little about Raleigh, North Carolina with the Cardinal!

  1. The cardinal is the state bird. It officially became the state bird in 1943. Cardinals can be seen year-round in North Carolina and are especially visible during the grey winters. These birds are known for their “cheer cheer cheer” calls, their crowned heads and gorgeous red down. In addition, cardinals represent hope, health and joy. The North Carolina capitol building can be found in Raleigh…North Carolina’s capital. The capitol building first opened in 1840. However, this spot had been chosen more than 100 years earlier! Due to the government failing to establish itself, what was then called the ‘Governor’s Palace’ wasn’t finished until 1771. This was soon enlarged and built to hold the legislature and congress. When the building burned down in 1931, they rebuilt what we now think of as the North Carolina capitol building.
  2. The Raleigh skyline is particularly beautiful to see from Dorothea Dix Park, near the Boylan Heights neighborhood. This park has a seasonal sunflower field and great dog park, as well as sloping lawns and a nearby Greenway trail. On one side of the railroad tracks, are the old buildings of a mental hospital. This is a great place to take photos and enjoy your green surroundings.
  3. Historic Oakwood, a neighborhood very close to downtown Raleigh, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Raleigh. This neighborhood is known for its 100-year Victorian houses and the leafy oak trees lining the sidewalks. The Historic Oakwood Cemetery, nearby, is a final resting place for many of Raleigh’s confederate soldiers.
  4. Raleigh is home to North Carolina State University, home of the Pack and one of the leading public research schools in the area. NC State is also the largest university in the Carolinas. Founded in 1887, this school now offers over 100 majors and almost 600 different clubs and societies across more than 2,000 acres of greenscaping and city. The North Carolina State University Memorial Belltower on Hillsborough Street is a neat experience, when visiting the university.
  5. The beautiful, uniquely-petalled dogwood flower became North Carolina’s state flower in 1941. Apparently, it took the people demanding for the flower to become a state flower for North Carolina’s government to change things around! Similar to the cardinal, the dogwood is one of the most commonly found trees in North Carolina and can be found in all regions of the state.