Women in the 19th century had limited opportunities for higher education. Onslow County's Giles sisters - Mary, Theresa, and Persis - were persistent in their quest for a college education, and in 1878 became the first women graduates of Trinity College.
In 1987, Harvey Wiles put a string of lights on his fence and a star on his Wilkes County farmhouse. In 1997, his light display, which utilizes over 800,000 bulbs, spreads over sixteen acres and costs $200 a night for electricity.
While Christmas is a December event for most Carolinians, Christmas shops along the state's coast, including the Outer Banks Original Christmas Shop in Manteo and St. Nick Nachs in Calabash, keep the season alive year-round.
Brightly colored lights are a part of Christmas traditions, and a number of towns, including McAdenville, Lillington, and Wilmington, have impressive light displays. Wilmington is home also to the state's largest Christmas tree.
Born in Charlotte, evangelist Billy Graham has conducted religious crusades in this country and all over the world. In his sixty-year ministry, he has preached to more people than anyone else in the history of the world.