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    Default Thursday Trivia: Virginia 🇺🇸

    Some Interesting Facts about Virginia:

    Virginia was named for England's "Virgin Queen," Elizabeth I.

    The major cash crop of Virginia is tobacco and many of the people who live there earn their living from the tobacco industry.

    Jamestown, the first of the original 13 Colonies was founded for the purpose of silk cultivation. Silk to be traded with the Court of King James. After blight fungus destroyed the mulberry trees (silkworm food), sericulturist planted tobacco as a cash crop.

    Jamestown was the first English settlement in the U.S. It was also the first capital of Virginia.

    Arlington County was originally part of the ten-mile square parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be part of Washington, DC. The U.S. Congress returned that portion of the land to the "Commonwealth of Virginia" following a referendum among its citizens.

    Eight United States Presidents were born in Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

    The present state capital in Richmond was also the capital of the Confederacy.

    The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the second oldest in the United States, it was founded in 1693.

    The first peanuts grown in the United States were grown in Virginia.

    The American Revolution ended with the surrender of Cornwallis in Yorktown.

    On March 9, 1862 at Hampton Roads, Virginia, the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimack) met in one of the most famous naval engagements in US history. Their battle, the first of its kind between metal armored vessels, changed for all time the nature of naval warfare.

    Union Passenger Railway was the first successful electric street railway transit agency. It was formed in 1888 at Richmond.

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    The states of Kentucky & West Virginia were formed from sections of the state of Virginia.

    Virginia has had 3 capital cities: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Richmond.

    Over 1/2 the battles fought in the civil war were fought in Virginia. Over 2,200 of the 4,000 battles.

    In Virginia more people work for the United States government than any other industry. About 1/4 of Virginia's workers.

    Virginia's largest private employer is also the world's largest ship building yard.

    Virginia is the home base for the United States Navy's Atlantic Fleet.

    The tomb of the Unknown Soldier is in Arlington National Cemetery.

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    The Pentagon building in Arlington is the largest office building in the world.

    The Pentagon has nearly 68,000 miles of internal telephone lines.

    Dulles International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world.

    General Thomas Jackson got his nickname "Stonewall" in Manassass. The site of 2 major Civil War Battles.

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    The first Thanksgiving in North America was held in Virginia in 1619.

    The Great Dismal Swamp is in Virginia near the North Carolina border.

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    The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is the world's largest bridge-tunnel complex.

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    Wild Ponies have roamed freely on Assateague Island for centuries.

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    The world's only oyster museum is on Chincoteague Island.

    President Thomas Jefferson designed his own home and called it Monticello.

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    George Washington's home, Mount Vernon, is located in Virginia.

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    Robert E. Lee, Commanding General of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered his men to Ulysses Grant, General-in-Chief of all United States forces, on April 9, 1865 at the Appomattox Court House.

    Patrick Henry made his "Give me Liberty or Give me Death" speech in St. John's Church in Richmond.

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    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.

    Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls has an early 19-century wooden water wheel and operating gristmill. The old Miller's House features an exhibit about the process of milling and the families who operated the mill.

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    Some Strange Laws in Virginia:
    - There is a state law prohibiting “corrupt practices of bribery by any person other than candidates.
    - You may not engage in business on Sundays, with the exception of almost every industry.
    - Police radar detectors are illegal.
    - Citizens must honk their horn while passing other cars.
    - Children are not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.
    - It is illegal to tickle women.
    - No animal may be hunted for on Sunday with the exception of raccoons, which may be hunted until 20 AM.

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    Default Re: Thursday Trivia: Virginia 🇺🇸

    Interesting. Some trance laws. I guess amending these could keep law makers in business for centuries.

    Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

    Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

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