State of Virginia And What It Is Known For

This sign welcome people to Virginia. It includes the cardinal which is the state bird, and the dogwood which is the state tree and flower.
This sign welcome people to Virginia. It includes the cardinal which is the state bird, and the dogwood which is the state tree and flower. | Source

Old Dominion, Mother of Presidents

The state of Virginia is officially known as the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" because of its status as the first colonial possession established in mainland British America and the "Mother of Presidents." Eight U.S. presidents were born in Virginia, more than in any other state. Notice from the chart that some of the first presidents were born in counties in Virginia.

U.S. Presidents Born In Virginia

Number of President
Name of President
1
George Washington
3
Thomas Jefferson
4
James Madison
5
James Monroe
9
William Henry Harrison
10
John Tyler
12
Zachary Tayor
28
Woodrow Wilson

Presidents' Wives Born In Virginia

Six presidents' wives were born in Virginia.

  1. Martha Washington
  2. Martha Jefferson
  3. Rachel Jackson
  4. Letitia Tyler
  5. Ellen Arthur
  6. Edith Wilson

Arlington National Cemetery

Seven Presidents are buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

  1. George Washington
  2. Thomas Jefferson
  3. James Madison
  4. John Monroe
  5. John Tyler
  6. William Howard Taft
  7. John F. Kennedy

John Tyler was buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

History of Virginia

Virginia was one of the 13 original colonies in the American Revolution and joined the Confederacy in the American Civil War.

Map of Virginia

Five Regions of Virginia
Tidewater
Piedmont
Blue Ridge Mountains
Ridge and Valley
Cumberland Plateau

Geography of Virginia

Virginia is the 35th largest state in the United States. Virginia's total area is 42,774.2 square miles, including 3,180.13 square miles of water. The Atlantic Ocean is to the east of the state. Virginia extends to the low-water mark of the south shore of the Potomac River. Virginia is divided into five regions from east to west.

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth where this writer lives. Many Virginians don't know that Richmond has not always been the capital. Jamestown was Virginia's capital to 1699. Virginia’s capital was moved to Williamsburg. Richmond became Virginia’s state capital in 1779 and continues to be the state capital.

Richmond is not the largest city in Virginia. In fact, Richmond is the fifth largest city. Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia. See the chart below of the cities that are larger than the capital city.

Virginia Cities According To Population

Ranking
City
Population
1
Virginia Beach
448,479
2
Norfolk
246,139
3
Chesapeake
230,571
4
Arlington
224,114
5
Richmond
214,114
6
Newport News
182,020
7
Alexandria
148,892
8
Hampton
136,699
9
Roanoke
98,465
10
Portsmouth
96,205
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Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach is not the capital, but it is the most populous city. Look at the chart to see that Virginia Beach more than doubles Richmond's population. In fact, the capital comes in at No. 5.

Virginia Beach is not the capital of Virginia, but it is the largest city in Virginia. Its population more than doubles the population of the next largest city,
Virginia Beach is not the capital of Virginia, but it is the largest city in Virginia. Its population more than doubles the population of the next largest city, | Source

Virginia's Motto

Virginia's motto is "Sic Semper Tyrannis." It means "Thus always to tyrants."

Virginia's Slogan

This has been Virginia's slogan for years.
This has been Virginia's slogan for years. | Source

How much do you know about Virginia?

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