What are some interesting facts about Virginia?


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Interesting facts about Virginia include that it is the birthplace of eight American presidents and six first ladies and that the dogwood is both the state flower and tree. The establishment of the first settlement at Jamestown in 1607 was for the production of silk; however, due to the destruction of mulberry bushes that were food sources for silkworms, tobacco became the new cash crop. Prior to Richmond becoming the state capital, Jamestown and Williamsburg were also capital cities.

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During the Civil War, Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy, and many Civil War battles took place in Virginia. Additionally, the surrenders of General Cornwallis to George Washington during the American Revolution and Robert E. Lee to Ulysses Grant at the end of the Civil War took place in the state.

Two famous presidential homes and tourist attractions, Mount Vernon and Monticello, are also found in Virginia. Other important historical sites include Shenandoah National Park, Arlington House and Fredericksburg.

Virginia was admitted into the Union in June of 1788, and its nickname is 'The Old Dominion.' The state bird is the cardinal, while the state dog is the American foxhound. Famous people from this state include George Washington, Martha Washington, Cyrus McCormick, Henry Clay, Sam Houston and Booker T. Washington.

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