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Because I love the official toast of North Carolina, “The Old North State Toast

The Old North State Toast was written by Leonora Monteiro Martin of Raleigh.  She penned the original words for a banquet of the North Carolina Society of Richmond, Virginia, in 1904.  The toast became very popular, but it didn’t become the official state toast until the General Assembly named it as such on May 21, 1957.

The Old North State Toast

Here’s to the land of the Long Leaf Pine, The Summer Land, where the sun doth shine; Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great— Here’s to “Down Home,” the Old North State!

Here’s to the land of the cotton bloom white, Where the scuppernong perfumes the breeze at night, Where the soft Southern moss and jessamine mate, ‘Neath the murmuring pines of the Old North State!

Here’s to the land where the galax grows, Where the rhododendron’s rosette glows; Where soars Mount Mitchell’s summit great, In the “Land of the Sky,” in the Old North State!

Here’s to the land where maidens are fair, Where friends are true, and cold hearts are rare, The near land, the dear land, whatever fate, The blest land, the best land, the Old North State!

Also, because I love my dear friend Belinda for sharing this with me.

I Certainly Hope So!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4 responses »

  1. I love the old traditions……wish we held them more dear, the world would be a better place, I do believe.

  2. I love calling NC my home! So enjoy your blog and I love the mix and food and culture of our Old North State that you share each week. I will send you a pic of the Long Leaf pine that is beside my mother-in-laws house. They placed their house on the property such as the tree would not be cut down. It looks quite odd…..only the one growing on the propery. Here’s a toast to you Mrs Lawing!


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