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Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a U.S. state located in the south Atlantic region of the United States. Geographically, states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. surround Virginia. On June 25, 1788, it was admitted to the Union as the 10th state.
See the fact file below for more information on the state of Virginia or alternatively, you can download our 21-page Virginia worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Became a State
June 25, 1788 (10th)
southeastern United States
42,774 sq. miles (35th)
Virginia Beach, Richmond, Norfolk, Alexandria, Chesapeake, Roanoke, Suffolk
cattle, tobacco, peanuts, tomatoes, hay, sweet potatoes, poultry, coal, lumber
part of the state is humid subtropical climate – in the mountainous areas, climate becomes humid tropical with hot summers and mild wild winters
averages 34 inches
Professional Sports Teams
no professional sports teams
Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River Atlantic Intracostal Waterway, James River, Rappahannock River, Shenandoah River
Most Famous Citizens
George Washington (United States President)
Thomas Jefferson (United States President)
James Madison (United States President)
James Monroe (United States President)
William Henry Harrison (United States President)
John Tyler (United States President)
Zachary Taylor (United States President)
Woodrow Wilson (United States President)
Willa Cather (author)
Pocohonatas (Indian woman)
Cyrus McCormick (inventor)
Booker T. Washington (educator)
Henry Clay (statesman)
Robert E. Lee (Confederate Soldier)
Richard E. Byrd (polar explorer)
Ella Fitzgerald (singer)
Patrick Henry (statesman)
Bird – Cardinal
Flower – Dogwood
Animal – Fox Hound
Tree – Dogwood
Insect – Swallowtail Butterfly
- In 1584, Sir Walter Raleigh suggested the name Virginia after England’s Virgin Queen, Queen Elizabeth I. Jamestown, Virginia’s founding capital, became the first of the original thirteen colonies in 1607. It became known as “the birthplace of a nation.”
- Jamestown was founded for silk cultivation and trade with the Court of King James.
- On December 4, 1619, the first Thanksgiving in North America was held in Berkeley, Virginia discrediting Plymouth’s feast in 1621.
In 1693, the College of William and Mary was established in Virginia. It is the second oldest college in the United States.
- According to legends, John Smith, one of Jamestown’s settlers was abducted by the Powhatan tribe. Smith claimed that he was saved by Pocahontas, the Chief’s daughter.
- Virginia was the only colony that was divided into shires. The General Assembly held in 1634 decided that the state should be divided into eight territories namely: Accomac, Charles City, Charles River, Elizabeth City, Henrico, James City, Warwick River, and Warrosquyoake.
- Eight U.S. presidents were born in Virginia, including George Washington (Westmoreland), Thomas Jefferson (Shadwell), James Madison (Port Conway), James Monroe (Westmoreland), William Harrison (Berkeley), John Tyler (Greenway), Zachary Taylor (Barboursville), and Woodrow Wilson (Staunton). U.S. First Ladies Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson, Rachel Jackson, Letitia Tyler, Ellen Arthur, and Edith Wilson were also Virginians.
- During the American Revolution, Yorktown was the site of the final American victory, while Richmond became the capital of the Confederate States at the height of the Civil War. Almost half of the 4,000 battles during the Civil War were fought in Virginia.
- On April 9, 1865, Confederate States’ General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses Grant at the Appomattox Court House, Virginia, which ended the Civil War.
- It was at St. John’s Church in Richmond where Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech.
- Thomas Jefferson’s house, Monticello, is located in Virginia as well as Washington’s home, Mount Vernon.
- On September 11, 1941, the construction of the Pentagon began, exactly 60 years before the terrorist attacks in 2011.
- The Virginia Beach, 35 miles of coastline, holds the longest stretch of pleasure beach in the world according to the Guinness World Records.
- In 1999, Northern Virginia was tagged as the “Internet Capital of the World.”
- Today, Virginia is known as the “Old Dominion.” Furthermore, Richmond became Virginia’s capital city in 1779, after Jamestown and Williamsburg.
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Virginia Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, which is a U.S. state located in the south Atlantic region of the United States. Geographically, states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. surround Virginia.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Virginia Facts
- Presidential Birthplace
- The Old Dominion
- The Civil War
- Virginia’s First Ladies
- State Symbols
- Famous Houses
- “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!”
- The Virgin Queen
- Visit Virginia
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