10 Materials from Our Collections Related to North Carolina’s National Parks

North Carolina is blessed with 10 national parks. From the majestic peaks of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the west to the softs sands of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the Outer Banks, there’s so much to see and do, and so much history behind the Tar Heel State’s federally protected places.

To celebrate National Parks Week, here are 10 items from our collections related to North Carolina’s national parks:

1. A 1952 brochure for Fort Raleigh National Historic Site in Manteo

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Item S.HS.2006.8.4 from the collection of North Carolina Historic Sites

2. Goggle fishing at the Cape Lookout National Seashore, circa August 1939

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Image ConDev2307L from the Conservation and Development Department,
Travel and Tourism Division photo files of the State Archives

3. Stopping at the Mount Mitchell Turnout on the Blue Ridge Parkway, circa June 1945

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Image ConDev5080A from the Conservation and Development Department,
Travel and Tourism Division photo files of the State Archives

4. A 1781 drawing of the Quaker community around the Guilford Courthouse battlefield

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Sketch from the Genealogy Collection of the State Library

5. A Navy blimp and Army helicopter at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, circa 1950

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Image from the David Stick Collection of the Outer Banks History Center

6. Carl Sandburg gets a visit at Connemara, now the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site in Flat Rock

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Item H.1952.63.54 from the N.C. Museum of History’s collection

7. Surf fishing at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore with the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the background, circa 1956

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Image PhC68_1_15 from Carolina Power and Light (CP&L)
Photograph Collection 
of the State Archives

8. A 1948 postcard from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Image PhC_120_3_19 from the Miscellaneous Postcard Collection
of the State Archives

9. A 1965 North Carolina travel guide featuring Fontana Lake, which is skirted in part by the Appalachian Trail

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Item H.1982.88.2 from the N.C. Museum of History’s collection

10. A plate commemorating the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge

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Item H.2008.59.12 from the N.C. Museum of History’s collection

Explore more materials related to North Carolina’s national parks and a wide array of other subjects on the State Archives’ Flickr siteNorth Carolina Digital Collectionsand our collections database.