Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered his men to Ulysses Grant, commander-in-chief of all United States forces, on April 9, 1865, in the Appomattox courthouse.
Patrick Henry delivered his speech "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" at St. John's Church in Richmond.
Bristol is legally two cities, but they share the same main street. One in Virginia and one in Tennessee, each with its own government and city services.
Waynesboro was the site of the last major civil war battle in central Virginia, the Battle of Waynesboro in 1865 between Generals Jubal Early and Philip Sheridan.
The Colvin Run Mill at Great Falls features a wooden waterwheel from the early 19th century and a flour mill. Old Miller's House displays an exhibition on the process of milling and the families who run the mill.
Virginia was named after England's "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth I.
Virginia's main source of income is tobacco and many of the people living there earn their livelihood from the tobacco industry.
Jamestown, the first of the original 13 colonies, was founded for the purpose of silk breeding. Silk to be traded with the court of King James. After the fungal attack, the mulberry trees (silkworm food) destroyed, the tobacco cultivation operate the tobacco as a cash crop.
Jamestown was the first English settlement in the US. It was also the first capital of Virginia.
Virginia is known as "the birthplace of a nation".
Arlington County was originally part of the ten-mile property that was studied in 1791 as part of Washington, DC. The US Congress returned this part of the country to the Commonwealth of Virginia following a referendum among its citizens.
Eight Presidents of the United States were born in Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson.
In Virginia, six presidential women were born: Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson, Rachel Jackson, Letitia Tyler, Ellen Arthur, Edith Wilson.
Seven presidents are buried in Virginia: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Tyler, Taft and Kennedy.
The state capital of Richmond was also the capital of the Confederation.
The American Revolution ended with the capitulation of Cornwallis in Yorktown.
On March 9, 1862, the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimac) met in Hampton Roads, Virginia, in one of US Navy's most famous naval engagements. Their battle, the first of its kind between armored metal ships, forever changed the nature of naval warfare.
Of the 13 original colonies, Virginia was admitted to the Union on June 25, 1788.
The state motto is "Sic Semper Tyrannis". (So always to the tyrants)
The Union Passenger Railway was the first successful electric railway company. It was founded in 1888 in Richmond.
The states of Kentucky and West Virginia were formed from parts of the state of Virginia
About half of all people in the United States live within 500 miles of the capital of Virginia.
Virginia has 3 capital city leaders: Jamestown, Williamsburg and Richmond.