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Abbreviation VA
Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Capital Richmond
Population 8,001,024
Source: Resident Population Data – 2010 Census
Governor Bob McDonnell (Republican, to January 2014)
Entered the Union June 25, 1788
as the 10th state
Motto Sic Semper tyrannis (Thus always to tyrants)
Nickname The Old Dominion, The Mother of Presidents, The Mother of States, The Mother of Statesmen, The Cavalier State
Flower American Dogwood
Bird Cardinal
Song Carry Me Back to Old Virginia
Professional Sports Teams No NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name In honor of Elizabeth, Virgin Queen of England
Historical Sites Mt. Vernon, home of George Washington; Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson; Stratford, home of Robert E. Lee, Confederate general; Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial; Richmond, capital of both the Confederacy and of the state today; Booker T. Washington’s birthplace near Roanoke; Colonial Williamsburg
Points of Interest Shenandoah National Park; Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Parks; the Skyline Drive; and the Blue Ridge National Parkway
Bordering States Virginia borders Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
Flag Virginia's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Virginia from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

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  • Virginia
    The site provides a wealth of information about Virginia. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Virginia is an online guide to information about Virginia’s entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state’s interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Virginia Attractions
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of “weird sites along the highway” in Virginia.
  • Civil War Richmond
    This site is an online research project that collects documents, photographs, and maps having to do with Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War.
  • Children’s Museum of Virginia
    This lively site describes the exhibits, activities, and classes available in a special museum for kids found at Portsmouth, Virginia.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Virginia
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on “economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more” in Virginia.
  • Virginia was the site of the surrenders ending the American Revolution (Yorktown) and the Civil War (Appomattox).
  • Virginia is called the Mother of Presidents because eight U.S. Presidents were born there.
  • Tobacco was once Virginia’s sole economic crop.
  • Opened in 1964, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is 18 miles long and has two bridges and two mile-long tunnels. It extends over the mouth of Chesapeake Bay and connects the cities of Cape Charles and Norfolk.
  • Government employment, especially the Federal government and military, has replaced tobacco as the state’s number one industry.

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