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.Continue Reading
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 about The South
Virginia became a state on June 25, 1788, by ratifying the United States Constitution, written primarily by Virginian James Madison. Virginia was the 10th state to ratify.Full Answer >
The southeast region of the United States is unique, among other areas, in its history, being home to some of the nation's oldest communities; and in its geography, featuring the continent's longest river and largest subtropical wilderness area. Twelve states make up the region, and each one contributes to the region's distinctive nature.Full Answer >
Coal has traditionally been West Virginia's leading industry, but chemical manufacturing and biotech also make up a significant portion of the state's economy, as of 2015. The aerospace and automotive industries are also significant contributors.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 >