Thursday, February 2

Facts about Virginia

Virginia Facts

Learn facts about Virginia for kids.

Have you ever been curious about Virginia? Maybe you've wondered about its history and geography. Perhaps you've already heard some interesting facts. Whichever it may be, let's dive deeper into the fascinating world of Virginia. I enjoy uncovering unique facts about each of the different states in the United States. I would like to share some of those intriguing facts with you! Every Thursday, I will unveil intriguing facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be explored in alphabetical (ABC) order! Last week, we delved into the secrets of Vermont. This week, we are unraveling the mysteries of Virginia. Only four (4) more states to explore! 

Did you know Virginia was the tenth (10th) state to join the union? Yes, that is right! Virginia officially joined the union on June 25, 1788! Virginia is one of the original thirteen (13) colonies. Virginia is located in the Southeastern region of the United States. Virginia shares a border with five (5) states: Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Virginia also shares a border with the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia is the thirty-fifth (35th) largest state in the United States. That means Virginia is one of the medium-sized states in the United States of America. There are about 8,683,615 people who live in the state of Virginia.

Did you know that the population of the United States is estimated to be about 334,334,648 people? (At the time of this writing)


Virginia famous person alert:

Did you know George Washington was born in Popes Creek, Virginia? George Washington was the first president of the United States. He also served in the military. To learn more about George Washington, CLICK HERE

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Now, it's your turn to share! Do you have a fun fact about the state you live in? Share it in the comments below, and let's see how much we know about our own states!



Quick Facts about Virginia:

1. Did you know that Virginia is known as the birthplace of America? It also has the Arlington National Cemetery and the beautiful Appalachian Trail. Virginia has a few nicknames, such as the Old Dominion State and Mother of States. The Virginia state motto is “Sic semper tyrannis”. This Latin phrase, “Thus Always to Tyrants,” was adopted in 1776. The abbreviation for Virginia is VA.

2. The capital of Virginia is Richmond. Richmond officially became the capital of Virginia in 1780. Richmond has an estimated population of about 226,600 people.

3. The Virginia state bird is the Northern cardinal. Indiana, Illinois, and a few other states have the Northern Cardinal as their state bird. The Northern Cardinal was chosen as the state bird for Virginia on January 25, 1950. The male Northern cardinal is a beautiful bright red color with some black around its beak and on its wings. The female Northern cardinal is a light pale brown-grayish color with some light red color on its wings, head, and tail. You can look at pictures and read more about the Northern cardinal here: Click here

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4. The official state flower in Virginia is the flowering dogwood. This tree can be found growing in various places throughout the state. It starts blooming in March, April, and May. The Flowering dogwood is a beautiful white flower that grows on a tree!! The Flowering dogwood became the official state flower in 1918.

5. Virginia's current state flag was officially adopted on February 1, 1950. It has a blue background, and the state seal appears in the center.

6. Some crops grown in Virginia are Apples, corn, cotton, cucumbers, pumpkins, and wheat.

7. Some cool places to visit in Virginia are the Shenandoah National Park, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg.

8. Some animals that live in Virginia are black bears, beavers, foxes, rabbits, river otters, squirrels, and white-tailed deer.

9. Virginia can get very hot or cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature recorded in Virginia was 110 degrees Fahrenheit in Balcony Falls, Virginia, on July 15, 1954. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Virginia was -30 degrees (negative 30 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Mountain Lake, Virginia, on January 21, 1985.



Do you have any interesting facts about your state? Share them in the comments below. Let's learn from each other and discover the unique aspects of our states!



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Books about Virginia:

1. I Love You as Big as Virginia by Rose Rossner

2. M is for Mountain State: A West Virginia Alphabet by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle

3. Penny the Pineapple Visits the Great State of Virginia by Ellen Weisberg

4. Santa Is Coming to Virginia by Steve Smallman

Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.

You can Click here to purchase the 50 States workbook on Amazon.

You can also use the 50 States tab at the top of my page to find all the posts from all 50 states in one convenient place. 

Tune in next week to learn some facts about Washington! I appreciate you taking the time to learn some cool facts by reading my blog post!! If you find a mistake, please let me know. "Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it." Albert Einstein

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