Virginia Division of Tourism,
901 E Byrd Street, Richmond, Virginia 24319;
804-545-5500; Fax: 804-545-5501; 800-VISIT-VA. Email: vainfo@ helloinc.com.
State Artisans Center: Artisans Center of Virginia
State Bat: Virginia big-eared bat
State Beverage: milk
State Bird: northern cardinal
State Boat: Chesapeake Bay deadrise
State Dog: American fox hound
State Fish: brook trout
State Flower: American flowering dogwood
State Folk Dance: square dance
State Folklore Center: Blue Ridge Institute
State Fossil: Chesapecten jeffersonius
State Gold Mining Interpretive Center: Monroe Park in Fauquier County
State Insect: tiger swallowtail butterfly
State Motto: Thus Ever to Tyrants
State Nickname: Old Dominion
State Shell: oyster shell
State Soil: Pamunkey
State Song: Carry Me Back to Old Virginia
State Tree: American dogwood
Cape Henry, Virginia First Landing State Park. On April 26, 1607, some 100
English settlers landed here and established the first elective government in English America.
Jamestown, Virginia Jamestown Settlement, Route 31 and Colonial Parkway, P O Box
1607, Williamsburg VA 23187; 757-253-4838; Fax: 757-253-5299. Web: http://www.historyisfun.org.
First white settlement in Virginia and capital of the Virginia colony from 1607 to 1699. It was also the meeting
place of America's first legislative assembly in July, 1619 (the House of Burgesses). Virginians herald the Virginia State Assembly as the
oldest continuous law-making body in the New World.
Colonial capital of Virginia, 1699 to 1780.
Yorktown, Virginia Colonial capital of Virginia.
Richmond, Virginia Virginia State
Capitol, Capitol Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219; Visitors: 804-698-1788. Governor's office:
804-786-2211; Fax: 804-371-6351. Web: http://www.governor.virginia.gov.
1780 to present.
Current capital of Virginia. Confederate capital (May 29, 1861 to April 9, 1865).
Thomas Jefferson was the original architect for the Virginia Capitol.
Danville, Virginia Confederate capital (April 3 to 10, 1865).
Carry Me Back to Old Virginia; Shenandoah.
Jamestown was the first permanent English colony in America.
Norfolk Naval Base is the largest naval
base in the United States.
The Pentagon is the world's largest office building.