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Virginia: Presidents, Capitals & Battlegrounds

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The state of Virginia is steeped in history and offers a banquet of interesting and diverse attractions for all kinds of travelers—for historians, for those who want to frolic in the ocean, and for those love the mountains. From the seashore of the Delmarva Peninsula to the broad sweep of the Shenandoah Valley, to the mountains of the Alleghenies, Virginia is a place you’ll want to taste, to savor, and to remember. Its historical legacy is impressive—the birthplace of eight presidents, and the site of two Colonial capitals and more Civil War battlegrounds than any other state in our nation. Take that history and add the state’s natural beauty and handsome, fascinating old towns, and you have a bounty of attractions and memories in the making. The first permanent settlement in America was established at Jamestown in 1607, with the state’s capital being moved from Jamestown to Williamsburg and then to Richmond in 1779. In 1775, when the war between England and the Colonies broke out, Virginian Patrick Henry made his now famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. Thomas Jefferson, native son of Virginia, was instrumental in the creation of the Declaration of Independence, which was signed on the Fourth of July, 1776. In 1781 the British surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown, ending the Revolutionary War, and 80 years later the Civil War came to an end with the surrender of General Robert E. Lee to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. Much of the history of the battlefields has been memorialized in Manassas, Appomattox, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, Yorktown, Richmond, and Lexington.

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