The State of Virginia
Officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is known in the United States as the “Mother of Presidents” because eight U.S. presidents were born there.
The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city.
Virginia’s estimated population as of 2017, is over 8.4 million.
Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 38 independent cities.
Virginia has 11 Metropolitan Statistical Areas; Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Richmond-Petersburg are the three most populous.
Richmond, Capitol of Virginia
Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 204,214.
The Richmond Metropolitan Area has a population of 1,260,029, the third-most populous metro in the state.
Major suburbs include Midlothian, Chesterfield, Varina, Sandston, Glen Allen, Short Pump, and Mechanicsville.
Richmond was founded in 1737. It became the capital of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia in 1780, replacing Williamsburg.
“Give me liberty or give me death” originated in Virginia back in 1775 it was said by Patrick Henry’s in a speech in he held in St. John’s Church.
Richmond’s economy is primarily driven by law, finance, and government.
Virginia State Capitol
The Virginia State Capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clérisseau in France.
Its construction began in the year 1785, and was completed in 1788.
In 1960 it was designated a National Historic Landmark.
The Pentagon is located in Arlington County, Virginia, its the headquarter of the United States Department of Defense.
The Pentagon is the world’s largest office building.
Over twenty three thousand (23,000) military and civilian people work there.
The five-acre pentagonal plaza is nicknamed “ground zero” on the presumption that it would be a prime target in a nuclear war.
On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 was hijacked and flown into the side of the building, killing 189 people.
The Pentagon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery is a United States Military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia. It was established on May 13th, 1864.
The national cemetery was established during the Civil War on the grounds of the Arlington House, which had been the estate of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s wife, Mary Anna Custis Lee.
Mary Anna Custis Lee was one of Martha Washington’s great-granddaughters.
The Cemetery, along with the Arlington House, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of April 2014.
Alexandria, Virginia is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture.
Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money Magazine.
Alexandria is the relaxed and refined place to start your Virginia vacation.
Alexandria is home to Mount Vernon.
Mount Vernon was the home of the first President of the United States, George Washington.
His wife’s name was Martha Dandridge Custis Washington.
Their former plantation is located in Fairfax County, Virginia.
The mansion was built of wood in a loose Palladian style, the original house was built by George Washington’s father Augustine, around 1734.
Mount Vernon was Washington’s home until he passed away in 1799.
In 1858, the house’s historical importance was recognized and the plantation was restored, it was bought by The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.
Today the plantation is still owned and maintained in trust by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, and it’s open every day of the year, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. George would have wanted it that way.
In 1960 Mount Vernon was designated a National Historic Landmark , and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
No doubt, Virginia sounds like a great place to visit, if you decide to go – don’t forget your safety tips.
Wear shirts outside your pants if you can, preferably those that cover your pockets, turns off pick pockets.
If you must carry a over the shoulder bags – with long straps – strap it across your chest, not over your shoulder – that’s too easy to pull.
Avoid dark and solitary places – this includes – bus stops.
Have a good time, let me know about your trip.