Because Jamestown, Va., was the site of the first English settlement in the United States, the state is known as “the birthplace of a nation.” Virginia has a rich history, spanning from colonial times to the Civil War. As of April 2014, it is recognized for its excellent seafood.Know More
Named after Elizabeth I, the "Virgin Queen," Virginia was one of the 13 original colonies. At first, the settlers hoped to be able to cultivate silk in Virginia but found that tobacco was much easier to produce. The final battle of the Revolutionary War was fought in Yorktown, and the colony became a state in 1788. Several presidents have originated from the state, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. During the Civil War, more than half of the battles were fought in Virginia. The Confederacy established Richmond as its capital, which is the capital of the state today. Visitors to Richmond can still visit the Museum of the White House of the Confederacy.
Lovers of good seafood must not miss an opportunity to visit Virginia. Because of its location near the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, restaurants and markets boast an abundance of fresh oysters, clams, flounder and crab. In fact, the town of Wachapreague is known as “the flounder capital of the world.”Learn more in The South
John Smith and a group of men, who were sponsored by the Virginia Company of London, were the founders of the state of Virginia. This colony was founded in May of 1607, and Jamestown became the first permanent British settlement in North America. The colony was named in honor of Queen Elizabeth I.Full Answer >
Richmond is located in Henrico County in Virginia. Richmond was founded in 1737 but did not officially become a town until 1780.Full Answer >
Colonial Virginia had a varied geography consisting of swamps, wetlands and waterways near the ocean, transitioning to the Piedmont plateau area inland followed by the foothills and small mountains of the Appalachians. There were also large fertile valleys like the Shenandoah Valley in the Piedmont and mountain regions.Full Answer >
Although the American foxhound is Virginia's state dog, the big-eared bat also was designated the official state bat in 2005. There are other animals, such as fish, insects and birds that are state symbols as well. For example, while the state bird is the cardinal, the state insect is the swallowtail butterfly.Full Answer >