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Virginia - Colonial Williamsburg - Merchants Square - b.a. photo

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Virginia- Williamsburg - horse-drawn carriage - s.v. photo

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Virginia - Mounted Squad - s.y. photo

Background

Destination in brief

Virginia state is in the central-eastern part of the US. Neighbors: Maryland and Wahington DC (north and east), West Virginia (north and west), Atlantic Ocean (east), North Carolina (south), Tennessee (southwest), Kentucky (west). 

Virginia got its name from Elizabeth I (1533-1603), the "Virgin Queen of England". (Elizabeth insisted to be called the Virgin Queen, even though she had a lot of love affairs. Presumably, someone had to devirginate her, e.g. Robert Dudley, Count of Leicester. )

Size: 110,786 km²  (42,774 mi²)

Population (in 2020): 9 million - 63% White, 19% Black (African American), 8,6% Hispanic (Latino), 6,5% Asian

Capital city: Richmond

History

The state of Virginia is also called the "birthplace of a nation".

Eight U.S. presidents were born in Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

Nowadays

Virginia’s economy is firmly based on tobacco farming. The tobacco industry provides a livelihood for many locals.

People

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Virginia - Arlington - Veterans at the Air Force Memorial - Elter photo

Attractions

Williamsburg

Jamestown

Arlington & National Cemetery

Virginia - Arlington National Cemetery - Elter photo

Virginia - Arlington Cemetery - President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Gravesite - Elter photo

Virginia - Arlington - Iwo Jima memorial (US Marine Corps War Memorial) - The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945) - Elter photo

Virginia - Arlington - Air Force Memorial - Elter photo

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Richmond


National Air and Space Museum

Virginia Beach

Shenandoah National Park

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