19 More Virginia Facts


1. Bob Dylan Covered Virginia’s State Song, Sorta

Photo: Bob Dylan FB
He sang the song “Shenandoah” which is the unofficial state song. It was rejected as an official state song since it cannot be confirmed it’s actually about Virginia.

2. The Pentagon Is The World’s Largest Low-Rise Building

1400 Defense Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia 22202
It can fit five US Capitols.


3. Virginia Is Home To “The World’s Oldest Peanut”

Photo: Isle of Wight County Museum and Historic Sites FB
The first peanuts in the US were planted in Waverly.

4. The Capitol Of Richmond Isn’t The Largest City

Photo: Visit Richmond FB
Virginia Beach has twice the population.

5. Their State Flower Isn’t

Photo: VA Is For Lovers FB
A flower, that is. Dogwoods are a tree blossom and not considered a flower.

6. It’s So Cool Arlington Voted To Join

Photo: Arlington FB
There was a referendum to move Arlington from DC to VA.

7. VA Tech’s First Mascot Was A Live Turkey

Photo: Pixabay
He was trained to do “cartwheels.”

8. Virginia Is The Internet Capital Of The World

Photo: Pixabay
You can even get a license plate proclaiming it.

9. Virginia Has Naturally Occurring “Bacon”

261 Caverns Rd, Quicksburg, Virginia
Facebook | Website | Twitter | Photo: Shenandoah Caverns FB

Shenandoah Caverns has rock formations that look just like bacon.

10. There’s A Restaurant Dedicated To Johnny Appleseed

162 W Old Cross Rd, New Market, Virginia
Facebook | Website | Photo: Johnny Appleseed Restaurant FB

The Johnny Appleseed Restaurant has complementary apple fritters.


11. There’s Rat Basketball!

2500 W Broad St, Richmond, Virginia
Facebook | Website | Twitter | Photo: Science Museum Of Virginia FB

The Science Museum Of Virginia teaches you about operant and classical conditioning in the most adorable way possible.

12. You Can Visit A (Fake) Crack House

700 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, Virginia 22202
Facebook | Website | Twitter | Photo: DEA Educational Foundation and Museum FB

DEA Educational Foundation and Museum features interactive exhibits on drug abuse.

13. You Can Mine For Your Own Gems

13400 Butlers Rd, Amelia Court House, Virginia
Facebook | Website | Photo: The Morefield Gem Mine FB

The Morefield Gem Mine has mica, feldspar, beryl and phenakite. You can take it home for the price of admission.

14. Dare Devil Goats Climb 20 FT.

Westmoreland Berry Farm, 1235 Berry Farm Ln, Oak Grove, Virginia
Facebook | Website | Photo: Westmoreland Berry Farm FB

Westmoreland Berry Farm has a petting zoo and a goat walk.

15. Jamestown Is Sinking

Photo: Jamestown FB
…very slowly. Jamestown is only 3ft above sea level in some places. The ocean is estimated to rise to that level by 2100.

16. The Person On The Virginia Flag Is A Woman

Photo: allstarflags.com

She is Virtus, the Roman deity of bravery.

17. Virginia Isn’t Only The Birthplace Of Presidents…

It is also the birthplace of six first ladies; Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson, Rachel Jackson, Letitia Tyler, Ellen Arthur and Edith Wilson.

18. It’s Home To The Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge

Website | Photo: Virginia Beach FB
Events include a race and beauty pageant.

19. They Share A Town With Tennessee

Photo: Bristol FB
Bristol is partly in Virginia and partly in Tennessee.

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