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Commonwealth of Virginia

The Old Dominion!

Virginia
The Commonwealth of Virginia is a U.S. state on the Atlantic Coast of the Southern United States. Virginia is nicknamed the “Old Dominion” and sometimes the “Mother of Presidents” because it is the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents. The geography and climate of the state are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its flora and fauna. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond.

Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 39 independent cities, which both operate the same way since independent cities are considered to be county-equivalent. This method of treating cities and counties equally is unique to Virginia, with only three other independent cities in the United States outside Virginia.

Virginia.gov
The Official Commonwealth of Virginia web site. The first place to look for information on Virginia Government, Jobs, and Tourism.
Library of Virginia
The Library is one of the oldest agencies of Virginia government, founded in 1823 to preserve and provide access to the state’s incomparable printed and manuscript holdings.
University of Virginia
Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819. He wished the publicly supported school to have a national character and stature.

Other places and informational links for Virginia:

The climate of Virginia becomes increasingly warmer and more humid farther south and east. Seasonal extremes vary from average lows of 26 °F (−3 °C) in January to average highs of 86 °F (30 °C) in July. The Atlantic ocean has a strong effect on eastern and southeastern coastal areas of the state.

Virginia’s historic culture was popularized and spread across America and the South by figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee. Their homes in Virginia represent the birthplace of America and the South. Modern Virginia culture has many sources.

Rich in cultural heritage, Virginia arts include the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Science Museum of Virginia. Other museums include the popular Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum and the Chrysler Museum of Art. Besides these sites, many open-air museums are in the Commonwealth, such as Colonial Williamsburg, the Frontier Culture Museum, and various historic battlefields. The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities works to improve the Commonwealth’s civic, cultural, and intellectual life.

Many counties and localities host county fairs and festivals. The Virginia State Fair is held at the Meadow Event Park every September. Also in September is the Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach, which celebrates the city, the waterfront, and regional artists. Wolf Trap hosts the Wolf Trap Opera Company, which produces an opera festival every summer. Two important film festivals, the Virginia Film Festival and the VCU French Film Festival, are held annually in Charlottesville and Richmond, respectively.

Bell Gallery Garden
Our Gallery features the hand-made work of more than 100 local and regional artists and craftspeople.
Floyd Country Store
Home of the Friday Night Jamboree, the store is a meeting place for the community.
O Winston Link Museum
Celebrating the photography of O. Winston Link. The museum is in Roanoke, Va.
The NorVa
The NorVA is a performing theatre in Norfolk, Virginia. The NorVa’s name consists of an abbreviation relating to its location.
Shangrila Guest Ranch
All inclusive horseback riding vacation packages. Known for its personalized service, variety of trail riding opportunities and down home atmosphere.

Travel:

Because of the 1932 Byrd Road Act, the state government controls most of Virginia’s roads, instead of a local county authority as is usual in other states. Virginia has Amtrak passenger rail service along several corridors, and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) maintains two commuter lines into Washington, D.C. from Fredericksburg and Manassas. The Virginia Department of Transportation operates several free ferries throughout Virginia, the most notable being the Jamestown-Scotland ferry which crosses the James River in Surry County. Virginia has five major airports: Washington Dulles International, Reagan Washington National, Norfolk International, Richmond International, and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.

If you are more of the outdoor type, the Virginia park system now oversees 40 parks. The six originals state parks were Seashore State Park (now First Landing State Park), Westmoreland State Park, Staunton River State Park, Douthat State Park, Fairy Stone State Park, and Hungry Mother State Park.


Directions by City or Zip (Postcode)

  You’ll probably need maps, directions or both at some point in your travels. Just type the starting place in the first box, the ending destination in the second box and click “Go”. As an example, you could enter your home address as the starting point and the address of the place you are to stay at as the destination.



Counties:

The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into 95 counties, along with 38 independent cities that are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.

Many county seats are politically not a part of the counties they serve; under Virginia law, all municipalities incorporated as cities are independent cities and are not part of any county. Some of the cities in the Hampton Roads area (Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, and Suffolk) were formed from an entire county. These cities are no longer county seats, since the counties ceased to exist once the cities were completely formed, but are functionally equivalent to counties.

It is also worthy of note that there are several counties and cities which have the same name, but are separate politically. Bedford, as example, is a city that was surrounded by a county of the same name from 1968 until 2013, when the city reverted to town status. Similarity in their names does not necessarily mean that the current counties and cities which share names are close geographically. Richmond County is nowhere near the City of Richmond, and Franklin County is even farther from the City of Franklin.

  • Accomack
  • Albemarle
  • Alleghany
  • Amelia
  • Amherst
  • Appomattox
  • Arlington
  • Augusta
  • Bath
  • Bedford
  • Bland
  • Botetourt
  • Brunswick
  • Buchanan
  • Buckingham
  • Campbell
  • Caroline
  • Carroll
  • Charles City
  • Charlotte
  • Chesterfield
  • Clarke
  • Craig
  • Culpeper
  • Cumberland
  • Dickenson
  • Dinwiddie
  • Essex
  • Fairfax
  • Fauquier
  • Floyd
  • Fluvanna
  • Franklin
  • Frederick
  • Giles
  • Gloucester
  • Goochland
  • Grayson
  • Greene
  • Greensville
  • Halifax
  • Hanover
  • Henrico
  • Henry
  • Highland
  • Isle of Wight
  • James City
  • King and Queen
  • King George
  • King William
  • Lancaster
  • Lee
  • Loudoun
  • Louisa
  • Lunenburg
  • Madison
  • Mathews
  • Mecklenburg
  • Middlesex
  • Montgomery
  • Nelson
  • New Kent
  • Northampton
  • Northumberland
  • Nottoway
  • Orange
  • Page
  • Patrick
  • Pittsylvania
  • Powhatan
  • Prince Edward
  • Prince George
  • Prince William
  • Pulaski
  • Rappahannock
  • Richmond
  • Roanoke
  • Rockbridge
  • Rockingham
  • Russell
  • Scott
  • Shenandoah
  • Smyth
  • Southampton
  • Spotsylvania
  • Stafford
  • Surry
  • Sussex
  • Tazewell
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Westmoreland
  • Wise
  • Wythe
  • York
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