North Carolina-Dirt-August 5

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-August 5

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

I am going to give you the official dirt on the State of North Carolina.


My dirt in not on the HB2 law, not the Voter ID law, and definitely not on any one person. I am going to give you the dirt on North Carolina’s official dirt -CECIL.

I learned today that Cecil is the state official state soil.

A proposal was sent to the NC legislature and the Cecil was officially designated as the State Soil in 1997.


I also learned that soil comes in series — kind of like breeds of dog, say — and that there are 23,000 series of soil in the United States, probably 500 in North Carolina alone. Cecil is my state’s soil.

Cecil covers 5% of the state a good 1.6 million acres , plus a third of the Piedmont up and down the coast of the country is “Cecil Country”.

So what is Cecil. It is that classic sticky and messy red clay.


The Cecil was first identified and mapped in Cecil County, Maryland in 1899, and derives its name from that location.

If you want to read more about the dirt on North Carolina links below are interesting:

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  1. I had no idea there was an official dirt but I have cursed it when I had to clean it out of my car, my tent, my dogs…

    1. I had no idea either about an official state soil. Probably one of the most interesting things I have learned about the North Carolina this year. Appreciate your feedback.

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