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Virginia

Virginia State Map - EVSP

History: Virginia became a state on June 25, 1788. It was the 10th state to join the United States.

Jamestown was the first English settlement in the U.S. It was also the first capital of Virginia.

Famous People from Virginia: Jason Sudeikis, Edward Albee, Warren Beatty, Rob Lowe, Gabby Douglas, Arthur Ashe, Pharrell Williams, Sandra Bullock, Katie Couric (see http://www.biography.com/people/groups/born-in-virginia for a more comprehensive list)

  • State Capital: Richmond, Virginia
  • State Nickname (Official): “The Mother State”
    This nickname was given because Virginia was the first state to be colonized.
  • Largest Cities (Population): Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond, Newport News
  • Average Climate: 28-90°F (average low in winter to average high in summer)
  • Regional Foods: Peach cobbler, apple pie, Brunswick stew, Chesapeake Bay crabs, deviled eggs, country ham, wine, homegrown peanuts, oysters, stone ground pancakes, ham biscuits (see http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/virginia/iconic-foods-in-virginia/)

GOVERNMENT OFFICES / RESOURCES

TRAVEL, CONVENTION, AND VISITORS BUREAUS

Comprehensive Visitors Guide: http://www.virginia.org/

HISTORIC SITES

Comprehensive listing of historic sites in Virginia is available at http://www.virginia.org/directory/historicsites/?city=STATEWIDE

PARKS / RECREATION

THEATERS, MUSEUMS, AND LIBRARIES

SPORTING EVENTS / VENUES

Major College Athletic Programs in Virginia include:

Minor / Major League Sports

Minor league sports teams in Virginia include: