Tar Heels - North Carolina's Forgotten Economy: Pitch, Tar, Turpentine & Longleaf Pines
By Kent Wrench, Editor
North Carolina acquired the nickname, “the Tar Heel State” due to its relationship with tar, pitch and turpentine. The products of the longleaf forest were known as “naval stores.” The wooden hull shipbuilding industry of Europe depended on pitch, tar and timber in the construction of their huge fleets of war and merchant ships. England and much of Europe had devastated their timber resources. England turned its focus toward the colonies and the colony of North Carolina had a most abundant supply of naval stores; with a ready market in Europe, it became our cash crop. This volume, with many images that have almost disappeared from our world will give insight to this past lifestyle of our ancestors. 142 pages.