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North Carolina Tar Heels Pin with Story Card

North Carolina Tar Heels Pin with Story Card

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Need a souvenir for you or a Chapel Hill visitor? Get a Tar Heel Pin from the oldest UNC store in Chapel Hill, The Shrunken Head Boutique! Classic gold plated Tar Heel foot shaped pin along with a story card of how the UNC Tar Heels got their name! This " Origin of the Tar Heels" pin is a great read for anyone that is curious of how North Carolina came to be known as the Tar Heel State! All for less than $5! Contact us for bulk order pricing!


North Carolina Tar Heels Pin with Story Card


Pin Dimensions: 0.75" x 0.25"


Card Dimensions: 3.75" x 5"


Pin Details: Gold plated metal, Tar Heel Foot Shape




"Who knows for sure how the North Carolinians got to be called Tar Heels? Nobody does, but there are several stories about it that have been told for a long time.


Some people say that when Cornwallis' British troops forded the Tar River in May 1781 on their way to Yorktown, they got stuck in tar that had been dumped in the river to keep it from being captured. During the Civil War, another relates, when troops from North Carolina, fighting in Virginia, stuck to their posts during a hard battle, President Jefferson Davis wanted to buy all the tar in North Carolina to make Virginians stick fast too.


Somebody else said that General Robert E. Lee commended North Carolina troops by saying "God Bless the Tar Heel Boys." So much tar, pitch and turpentine was produced in the pine woods of the state that outsiders started calling people Tar Heels because so many got tar stuck on their feet when they were at work. May this pin serve as a pleasant reminder of your visit to the Tar Heel State.


Made with pride in the USA"


Shop your Carolina Apparel and Gear from the Shrunken Head Boutique- oldest UNC Store in Chapel Hill! Family Owned and operated, small, and local business since 1969. Every sale of licensed products from our store supports need and merit based scholarships for students at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.



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Return policy

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155 E. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Supporting a Legacy

The Shrunken Head has been a family owned small business operating in Chapel Hill for over 54 years!

Thank you so much for your support, Tar Heels!