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Virginia Vacation Basic Facts

Virginia Division of Tourism, 901 E Byrd Street, Richmond, Virginia 24319; 804-545-5500; Fax: 804-545-5501; 800-VISIT-VA. Email: vainfo@ Web:

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 Quarter:

State Seal:

State Shell: oyster shell

State Soil: Pamunkey

State Song: Carry Me Back to Old Virginia

State Tree: American dogwood

State Capitals

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: 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.”

Williamsburg, Virginia — 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: 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).

State Songs

Carry Me Back to Old Virginia; Shenandoah.

State Specials

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.

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