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Mt. RogersVirginia was the 10th state to be admitted into the Union on Wednesday, June 25, 1788.

Virginia covers 42,769 square miles with a population of 8,001,023 people. Virginia is the 35th largest state, and 12th most populous.

Virginia was named for Queen Elizabeth I of England and, "she ws known as the virgin queen". Mount Rogers is Virginia's highest poin at 5,729 feet. Mount Rogers area contains some of the most spectacular scenery, and rugged terrain in the state. Virginia is known as the "mother of presdent's" beause it is the birthplace of eight U.S. president's.






More facts about Virginia

Virginia's capital - RichmondSSa's capita-

Border states - Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia

Nickname - Old Dominio State

Western Virginia is mountainous, covered by the Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountains with the great Shenandoah Valley falling between the ranges. The central piedmont region, with its rolling hills, flattens out into the sandy coastal plain toward the Atlantic Ocean.

Mild with four distinct seasons, with fall temperatures in the mountains about 10 degrees cooler than in the central and coastal regions.

Today, the service sector provides one-third of all jobs in Virginia, generating as much income as the manufacturing and retail industries combined in 1999 and accounting for 23% of gross state product. (The largest component of the service sector is business services, which includes computer and data processing services.)

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the Central Virginia's most popular and spectacular attractions. In addition to hiking, camping and picnicking, the mountains provide breathtaking panoramas. The parkway has an average evevation of 3,000 feet and extends from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smokey Mountain Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. The many log cobins and old mills along the Parkway emphasize the pioneer culture of the Blue Ridge Highlands.

Virginia has a large number of manufacturing industries, including transportation equipment, food processing, electronic and other electrical equipment, chemicals, textiles anapparel, lumber and wood products, and furniture.

Agriculture remains an inportant sector, and the state ranks among the top ten in a variety of agricultural products, including tomatoes, tobacco, peanuts, apples, summer potatoes, sweet potatoes, snap beans, and turkeys and brollers. Virginia also has a large dairy industry.

Virginia is one of the top ten coal producers in the U.S. Coal accounts for roughly 70% of Virginia's mineral value; crushed stone, sand and gravel, lime, and kyanite are also mined.

Points of interest include Mt. Veron, home of George Washington; Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson; Stratford, home of the Lees; Richmond, capital of the Confederacy and of Virginia; and Williamsburg, the restored Colonial capital.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel spans the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, connecting Cape Charles with Norfolk. Consisting of a series of low trestles, two bridges and two mile-long tunnels, the complex is 18 miles (29 km) long. It was opened in 1964.

Other attractions are the Shenandoah National Park, Colonial National Historical Park, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Nationa Military Park, the Booker T. Washington birthplace near Roanoke, Arlington House (the Robert E. Lee Memorial). Luray Caverns, the Skyline Drive, and the Blue Ridge National Parkway.

15.8 million acres or 62.5% of Virginia is forested and hardwood forests make up 78% of all Virginia timberland; softwood forest make up 22%.

Did you know that Virginia forests are growing more timber than is being harvested? The growth/removals ratio is 1.65 for hardwood and 1.07 for softwood.


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