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Virginia


10th State (June 25, 1788), the upper south U.S.

 

State Abbreviation: VA

Origin of Name: Named in honor of Elizabeth I , Queen of England.

Nickname: The Old Dominion; Mother of Presidents

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia State:

Capital: Richmond
Motto: Sic Semper tyrannis (Thus always to tyrants)
Virginia State Seal
Bat: Virginia Big Eared Bat
Beverage: Milk
Bird: Cardinal
Boat: Chesapeake Bay Deadrise
Dance: Square Dance
Dog: American Foxhound
Fish: Brook Trout
Flower: American Dogwood
Fossil: Chesapecten Jeffersonius
Insect: Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Shell: Oyster
Soil: Panunkey
Song: Carry Me Back to Old Virginia
Tree: American dogwood


Virginia State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)

 

Things to Know

United States Senators from Virgina.

Mountian Ranges: Allegheny Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains
Major Rivers: James River , Rappahannock River , Potomac River , Shenandoah River
Lakes: Lake Drummond and Mountain Lake
Bordering Bodies of Water : Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay

Virginia has 50 islands
Barrier islands protect the coastlines from severe storm damage and harbor several habitats.

Virginia has more historic sites than any other state. More battles have been fought on Virginia's soil than any other state

Buckingham Virginia Slate is one of the hardest slates in the world

 

Famous Virginian's

Explorers William Clark and Merriwether Lewis

Admiral Richard E. Byrd, explorer
Byrd Antarctic Expedition
PBS-American Experience: Alone on the Ice
Richard E. Byrd ; his medeal and his grave at Arlington National Cemetery

Edgar Allen Poe , author

Booker T. Washington , educator and founder of Tuskegee Institute.

Eight U.S. Presidents were born in Virginia.

George Washington (1731-1799), 1st President
Printable fact sheet on President George Washington
provides you with photos and personal information.
Mount Vernon
Take a virtual tour of the home of George Washington and
play the Archaeology Concentration Game.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), 3rd President
Printable fact sheet on President Thomas Jefferson
provides you with photos and personal information.
Explore Monticello the home of Thomas Jerrerson.

James Madison (1751-1836), 4th President
Printable fact sheet on President James Madison
provides you with photos and personal information.
Montpelier -James Madison's home.

James Monroe (1758-1831), 5th President
Printable fact sheet on President James Monroe
provides you with photos and personal information.
James Monroe's home- Ash Lawn Highland

William Henry Harrison (1773-1841), 9th President
First president to die in office
Printable fact sheet on President William Henry Harrison
provides you with photos and personal information.
Berkeley Plantation -home of William Henry Harrison

John Tyler (1790-1862), 10th President
Printable fact sheet on President John Tyler
provides you with photos and personal information.
Sherwood Forest -home of John Tyler.

Zachary Taylor (1784-1850), 12th President
Printable fact sheet on President Zachary Taylor
provides you with photos and personal information.

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), 28th President
Printable fact sheet on President Woodrow Wilson
provides you with photos and personal information.
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

Things to Do

Virginia State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
Before printing under File in Page Setup set margins to zero.

Sites to See

Jamestown
The first permanent English settlement in Virginia.

Arlington National Cemetery
Information and photo gallery.

Things To Do-Other Sites

Virginia State Quarter
Read about the Virginia State Quarter and print
out the color page.

Virginia outline map
(pdf file)

Virginia Flag color page

Virginia Flag Quiz printout

Sites to See

Virginia Ghost Towns

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