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.”