Thursday, February 2

Facts about Virginia

Howdy folks!!  

Are you ready to learn about Virginia?

Have you ever been to Virginia? Maybe you have taken a vacation there? Maybe you already reside there? Whichever it may be, you can learn some cool quick facts about Virginia right here; just continue to read. Joey and Jinger love learning cool facts about each of the different states in the United States. They would like me to share some of those cool facts with you! Each and every Thursday, I will be posting cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical (ABC) order! Last week we posted facts about Vermont. This week we are posting facts about Virginia. The countdown is on, only four (4) more states to blog about! That means there is only four more weeks to go… Yippie!!

Did you know that 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 that 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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Quick Facts about Virginia:

1. A few things Virginia is known for are: the birth place of America, the Arlington National Cemetery, and the beautiful Appalachian Trail. Virginia has a few state nicknames, and they are: the Old Dominion State and Mother of States. The Virginia state motto is “Sic semper tyrannis”. “Sic semper tyrannis”, is Latin and it means, “Thus Always to Tyrants”. The Virginia state motto 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 light pale brown grayish in 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 Virginia official state flower is the Flowering dogwood. The Flowering dogwood is a tree that can be found growing in various places throughout the state of Virginia. The Flowering dogwood start blooming in March, April, and May. The Flowering dogwood is beautiful white flowers that grow on a tree!! The Flowering dogwood became the official state flower in 1918.

5. The current state flag of Virginia was officially adopted on February 1, 1950. Virginia’s state flag has a blue background. Virginia’s state seal appears on the center of the flag.

6. Some crops that are grown in Virginia are: apples, corn, cotton, cucumbers, pumpkins, and wheat.

7. Some cool places to visit while 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 and very cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature ever 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.



Know any quick facts about Virginia; share in the comments.



Get your free printable Virginia worksheet here:

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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

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

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

Tune in next week to learn some facts about Washington! Thank you for 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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