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Moving to Virginia
There is a wealth of history in the commonwealth of Virginia, named for Queen Elizabeth I of England who was known as the Virgin Queen. Jamestown, the first of the original thirteen colonies, was founded for the purpose of silk cultivation, to be traded with the Court of King James. Jamestown was the first English settlement in the U.S. and the first capital of Virginia.
State Capital is Richmond.
Largest city is Virginia Beach.
Virginia is the birthplace to eight US presidents: George Washington, 1st president, born in Westmoreland County in 1732; Thomas Jefferson, 3rd, born in Shadwell in 1743; James Madison, 4th, born in Port Conway in 1751; James Monroe, 5th, born in Westmoreland County in 1758; William Henry Harrison, 9th, born in Berkeley in 1773; John Tyler, 10th, born in Greenway in 1790; Zachary Taylor, 12th, born in Barboursville in 1784; and Woodrow Wilson, 28th, born in Staunton in 1856.
State Motto: "Sic Semper Tyrannis" (Thus Always to Tyrants).
The major cash crop of Virginia is tobacco.
Virginia is known as "the birthplace of a nation."
The State flower is not really a flower, but the blossom of the dogwood tree, which is also the state tree.
The first peanuts grown in the United States were grown in Virginia.
The American Revolution ended with the surrender of Cornwallis in Yorktown.
Virginia has had 3 capital cities: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Richmond.
Richmond was also the capital of the Confederate States during the Civil War.
Over half the battles fought in the civil war were fought in Virginia.
Virginia's largest private employer is also the world’s largest ship building yard.
Virginia is the home base for the United States Navy's Atlantic Fleet.
The Pentagon building in Arlington is the largest office building in the world.
State Song: "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia."
The tomb of the Unknown Soldier is in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Blue Ridge Mountains are located in Virginia.
President Thomas Jefferson designed his own home and called it Monticello, which means "little mountain" in Italian. It is located on a hilltop near Charlottesville and is open for tours.
Mount Vernon, the plantation home of George Washington, is also open daily for visits.
The first theatre in the United States opened in Williamsburg in 1716.
State Bird is the Cardinal.
Enjoy your new home - Virginia!
Virginia became the 10th state on June 25, 1788. With an area of 42,769 square miles, it is the 35th largest state in the US. Virginia’s population as of 2000 was just over 7 million people so it ranks as the 12th most populous state. Major industries are farming (tobacco, peanuts, corn, sweet potatoes, poultry, ham), tourism, US Navy warships, mining (coal), lumber (for paper and furniture), and government workers. About one-fourth of the state’s workers work for Uncle Sam.
Now that you are moving to the Old Dominion State, impress your friends and family with these fun facts: