19 Can't-Miss Facts About Virginia

Lucius

Forum Staff
Jan 2007
16,363
Nebraska
#3
The page with the 19 facts is blocked in China. Could you copy and paste them here? It would be greatly appreciated.
Here it is -

"It is nicknamed "Old Dominion" due to its status as the first colonial possession established in mainland British America.

It is also nicknamed "Mother of States" because eight U.S. presidents were born there, more than any other state. Among them were four of the first five commanders-in-chief: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.

Six future first ladies were born in Virginia.

It is the 35th largest state by area, being divided into 95 counties and 38 independent cities.

Virginia has five major airports.

The state has five different climate regions: the Tidewater, Piedmont, Northern Virginia, Western Mountain, and Southwestern Mountain regions.

Forests cover over 60% of the state.

The first people are estimated to have arrived in Virginia over 12,000 years ago.

Virginia was named for Elizabeth I, England's "Virgin Queen."

Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the American Continent. It was also the first capital of Virginia. In 1699, Virginia’s capital was moved from Jamestown to Williamsburg. Richmond became Virginia’s state capital in 1779 and remains so to this day.

Founded in 1693, The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the second oldest college in the United States (after Harvard). Williamsburg was also home to the first theater in America, built in 1716.

Because the American Revolution ended with the surrender of British General Cornwallis in Yorktown,Virginia has also been dubbed "the birthplace of a nation."

The Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia, is the biggest office building in the world.

Arlington County was originally part of the ten-mile square parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be part of Washington, DC. The U.S. Congress returned that portion of the land to the Commonwealth of Virginia after a referendum among its citizens.

Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, and Richmond served as the capital of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, Further, more Civil War battles were fought in Virginia than in any other state.

The Virginia House of Burgesses was the first legislative assembly of elected representatives in North America.

Virginia remained the most populous state until California surpassed it in population in 1805. Interestingly, Virginia is the most populous U.S. state without a major professional sports league franchise.

The Virginia State Capitol, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960, was designed by Thomas Jefferson, who was known to be a superb architect.

Move over, Silicon Valley: Virginia has the highest concentration of technology workers of any state."
 

Wenge

Ad Honoris
Apr 2011
10,429
Virginia
#4
Here it is -

"It is nicknamed "Old Dominion" due to its status as the first colonial possession established in mainland British America.

It is also nicknamed "Mother of States" because eight U.S. presidents were born there, more than any other state. Among them were four of the first five commanders-in-chief: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.

Six future first ladies were born in Virginia.

It is the 35th largest state by area, being divided into 95 counties and 38 independent cities.

Virginia has five major airports.

The state has five different climate regions: the Tidewater, Piedmont, Northern Virginia, Western Mountain, and Southwestern Mountain regions.

Forests cover over 60% of the state.

The first people are estimated to have arrived in Virginia over 12,000 years ago.

Virginia was named for Elizabeth I, England's "Virgin Queen."

Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the American Continent. It was also the first capital of Virginia. In 1699, Virginia’s capital was moved from Jamestown to Williamsburg. Richmond became Virginia’s state capital in 1779 and remains so to this day.

Founded in 1693, The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the second oldest college in the United States (after Harvard). Williamsburg was also home to the first theater in America, built in 1716.

Because the American Revolution ended with the surrender of British General Cornwallis in Yorktown,Virginia has also been dubbed "the birthplace of a nation."

The Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia, is the biggest office building in the world.

Arlington County was originally part of the ten-mile square parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be part of Washington, DC. The U.S. Congress returned that portion of the land to the Commonwealth of Virginia after a referendum among its citizens.

Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, and Richmond served as the capital of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, Further, more Civil War battles were fought in Virginia than in any other state.

The Virginia House of Burgesses was the first legislative assembly of elected representatives in North America.

Virginia remained the most populous state until California surpassed it in population in 1805. Interestingly, Virginia is the most populous U.S. state without a major professional sports league franchise.

The Virginia State Capitol, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960, was designed by Thomas Jefferson, who was known to be a superb architect.

Move over, Silicon Valley: Virginia has the highest concentration of technology workers of any state."
Thank you very much Lucius!
 
Mar 2012
1,564
City of Angels
#6
The Potomac River contains the history of both the father of our country George Washington, and the great divider of our country Robert E. Lee. Both were born in Westmoreland County downriver from Washington, D.C. Lee grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, right near George Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation, and Robert E. Lee married his wife at Arlington House, built by Washington's son. Lee's father-in-law, who was George Washington’s adopted son, left a will naming Robert E. Lee as executor of estates, estates which AFAIK included slaves who were descended from Mount Vernon.
 
Jul 2012
4,379
Here
#7
The Potomac River contains the history of both the father of our country George Washington, and the great divider of our country Robert E. Lee.
Robert E. Lee was the "great divider" of "our country?" The books I've read say the country was highly divided (to the point of 8 states already seceding) before Lee got involved. Where did you read that it was Lee who divided the country?
 
Mar 2012
1,564
City of Angels
#8
Robert E. Lee was the "great divider" of "our country?" The books I've read say the country was highly divided (to the point of 8 states already seceding) before Lee got involved. Where did you read that it was Lee who divided the country?
Symbolically, I mean, he's the inverse of Washington.
 

Wenge

Ad Honoris
Apr 2011
10,429
Virginia
#10
Virginia, Edom to be exact, is the home to the first Caesarian Section in the western world. It is also the American home to the development of the domesticated turkey.

Virginia is the Mother of Presidents and the Mother of States. Eight presidents were born within the confines of Virginia and 8 states were formed from Virginia territory. That being said Virginia territory or former territory is responsible for 18 U.S. presidents.

That last thing and 28 RMB will get you a Venti cup of coffee at Starbucks in China.
 

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