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Virginia was the 10th of the original 13 states to ratify the Constitution, on June 25, 1788..   The 2000 census has Virginia's population at 7,078,515, ranking  12th in the US.  With a total area of  42,774 square miles, the state ranks 35th  in size.  Richmond is Virginia's capital; Virginia Beach is its largest city.


Useful Internet Links for Virginia:

 

Official Website of Virginia  

http://www.virginia.gov/

 

Travel and Tourism Department  

http://www.virginia.org

 

Call toll free 1-800-VISIT-VA  1-800-321-3244

 

Pick a Homepage - Virginia

 

Point of Interest Road Signs - Virginia

Congress.org - Virginia Elected Officials

 

Virginia Weather from Weather.com

 

National Park Service Sites in Virginia

 

Virginia News from USA Today

Job Search Spider - Find a job in Virginia

 


Virginia fun facts:

 

Virginia State Bird:  Cardinal

Virginia State Flower:  Dogwood

Virginia State Motto:  Thus always to tyrants

Virginia State Song:  Carry Me Back to Old Virginia

Virginia State Tree:  Dogwood

Nickname:  The Old Dominion

 

The geographic center of Virginia lies in Buckingham County, five miles SW of the town of Buckingham.  At 5,729 feet, Mount Rogers in the Mount Rogers National Recreation area is the state's highest point.  Virginia was named by Sir Walter Raleigh, who fitted the expedition of 1584, in honor of Queen Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen of England.

 

Brief History:  Early inhabitants were the Cherokee and Susquehanna and the Algonquians of the Powhatan Confederacy.  Jamestown was founded in 1607 by English settlers.  Virginians took over the government from royal governor Dunmore, forcing him to flee in 1775.  Virginians under George Rogers Clark freed the Ohio-Indiana-Illinois area of British occupation.  In 1781, US traitor Benedict Arnold burned Richmond and Petersburg for the British.  That same year, Britain's Cornwallis was trapped at Yorktown and surrendered, ending the American Revolution.  Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, and Richmond became the capital of the Confederacy.  Hampton Roads, off the Virginia coast, was the site of the famous naval battle of the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (Merrimac), in 1862.  Virginia was readmitted to the Union in 1870.

 

Virginia is home to Shenandoah National Park, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park (with Kentucky and Tennessee), and Booker T. Washington and George Washington Birthplace National Monuments.  Other Old Dominion attractions include Colonial Williamsburg; Busch Gardens, Williamsburg; Wolf Trap Farm, near Falls Church; Arlington National Cemetery; Mount Vernon, home of George Washington; Jamestown Festival Park; Yorktown; Jefferson's Monticello, Charlottesville; Robert E. Lee's birthplace, Stratford Hall, and grave, Lexington; Appomattox; the Blue Ridge Parkway; Virginia Beach; and Paramount's King's Dominion, near Richmond.


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