- Geographical Region: South
- Size: 42769 sq.mi., 35th rank overall.
- Admitted to Statehood: June 25, 1788
- Population: 7,882,590;12th rank overall.
- Capital: Richmond
- Other Major City: Virginia Beach
- Abbreviation: VA
- Nickname: Old Dominion State
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- State Bird: Cardinal (opens window to 50states.com)
- State Flower: Dogwood (opens window to 50states.com)
- Virginia is divided into five regions from east to west: Tidewater, Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountains, Ridge and Valley, and Cumberland Plateau, also called the Appalachian Plateau.
- The Tidewater is a coastal plain that includes the Eastern Shore and major estuaries which enter the Chesapeake Bay.
- The Piedmont is a series of foothills, known for its heavy clay soil and includes the Southwest Mountains.
- The Blue Ridge Mountains, part of Appalachian Mountains, contain the highest points in the state. Mount Rogers at 5,729 feet high is the tallest.
- The Ridge and Valley region is west of the mountains, and includes the Great Appalachian Valley.
- The Cumberland Plateau and Mountains are located below the Allegheny Plateau in the south-west corner of Virginia. It contains a number of rivers flowing northwest that empty into the Ohio River basin.
Map: Relief Map of VA
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- Virginia was named for England's "Virgin Queen," Elizabeth I.
- Jamestown was founded for silk cultivation, but a fungus destroyed the mulberry trees. So they planted tobacco instead.
- Virginia is known as "the birthplace of a nation".
- Eight United States Presidents were born in Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.
- Seven Presidents are buried in Virginia: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Tyler, Taft and Kennedy
- Today, Richmond is the state capital. It once was the capital of the Confederacy.
- Virginia is home to the first peanuts grown in the United States.
- The surrender of Cornwallis in Yorktown marks the end of the American Revolution.
- Over 2,200 of the 4,000 battles in the Civil War were fought in Virginia.
- The Pentagon, the largest office building in the world, has nearly 68,000 miles of internal telephone lines
- The first celebration of Thanksgiving in North America took place in Virginia in 1619.
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