Virginia State Flag Gifts & Merchandise

Date of Statehood: June 25, 1788

Capital: Richmond

Population: 8,001,024 (2010)

Size: 42,775 square miles

Nickname(s): Old Dominion; Mother of Presidents; Mother of States; Mother of Statesmen; Cavalier State

Motto: Sic Semper Tyrannis (“Thus Always to Tyrants”)

Tree: American Dogwood

Flower: American Dogwood

Bird: Northern Cardinal

Virginia Timeline
  • 1607 - The Jamestown Colony is established by the Virginia Company.
  • 1613 - Pocahontas is captured and held for ransom. She would later marry Englishman Thomas Rolfe.
  • 1624 - Virginia becomes a royal colony.
  • 1676 - Bacon's Rebellion occurs and the city of Jamestown is burned.
  • 1698 - Williamsburg becomes the capital.
  • 1765 - Patrick Henry speaks out against the Stamp Act.
  • 1776 - Thomas Jefferson from Virginia writes the Declaration of Independence.
  • 1781 - The British are defeated at the Battle of Yorktown and the fighting in the Revolutionary War comes to an end.
  • 1788 - Virginia becomes the 10th state.
  • 1789 - Virginian George Washington is elected the first President of the United States.
  • 1801 - Thomas Jefferson is elected the third President of the United States.
  • 1859 - Abolitionist John Brown leads a raid on the federal armory at Harper's Ferry hoping to arm the slaves in a revolt.
  • 1861 - Virginia secedes from the Union and joins the Confederate States and the Civil War begins.
  • 1863 - West Virginia breaks away from Virginia and forms its own state.
  • 1865 - Robert E. Lee surrenders to the Union Army at Appomattox signaling the end of the Civil War.
  • 1870 - Virginia is readmitted to the Union.
  • 1943 - The Pentagon building, headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense, is opened in Arlington.
  • 2001 - The Pentagon is crashed into by a hijacked passenger jet as part of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

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