State of Virginia And What It Is Known For
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
William Henry Harrison
Presidents' Wives Born In Virginia
Six presidents' wives were born in Virginia.
- Martha Washington
- Martha Jefferson
- Rachel Jackson
- Letitia Tyler
- Ellen Arthur
- Edith Wilson
Arlington National Cemetery
Seven Presidents are buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
- George Washington
- Thomas Jefferson
- James Madison
- John Monroe
- John Tyler
- William Howard Taft
- 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
Blue Ridge Mountains
Ridge and Valley
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 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
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's motto is "Sic Semper Tyrannis." It means "Thus always to tyrants."
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