February 22, 2003


Virginia - "The Old Dominion State"

Jen: "Home of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other fascinating figures from history. The Blue Ridge Parkway runs through the state. Virginia ham, biscuits, sweet tea, dogwood trees, magnolias, the charming use of 'ma'am' and 'sir' in ordinary conversation -- what's not to love? I certainly love to return to visit every few years."

Mary: "I'm a Floridian by birth and a Virginian by circumstance. Here are some of the wonderful things I've learned in Virginia:

Virginia is big on history. They call us the Mother of Presidents because eight US Presidents were born here. The first representative assembly in the western hemisphere met in Jamestown, the first colony. We've got the only lighthouse authorized by the First US Congress, Old Cape Henry. Several Presidents and Supreme Court Justices studied at the College of William and Mary, the only institution of higher learning in the US with a Royal Charter. Ever wonder where Washington's family Bible is? Wonder no more - it's at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Some of us love Shakespeare so much we built the Blackfriars Theater that duplicates, as much as possible, the 1614 Globe.

Natural wonders? We have those too! Our east coast is dominated by the largest estuary in the United States, the Chesapeake Bay. Please don't visit Virginia without trying the she-crab soup. We also share the home of "Misty of Chincoteague" and the yearly pony swim at Assoteague Island with Maryland. Going west we have one of the seven natural wonders of the world - Natural Bridge. And don't forget Clinch Valley, home of the largest variety of freshwater mussels in the world.

I'll be you're hungry after all that travelling! Stop awhile and forage our wines and peanuts. When the holidays roll around, make sure to dine on our Smithfield Hams.

Of course there's plenty wrong with Virginia, but there's a lot right too."

Connie: "I can only add to what has already been said quite well about the fine state of Virginia...

The Shenandoah Valley....quite possibly the most beautiful place on Earth. Lush in the Spring and Summer....it's fall dress is amazing. Fruit orchards abound..old houses, old mills, rolling hills, totally horse country... the natives are friendly....

Why would you, after seeing it, ever live anywhere else?"

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 12:10 PM

This comment is really for Northern Virginia (just outside of Washington D.C.) where I live. We have a very friendly neighborhood, everyone helps out each other and knows each other. I know that's not that different than anywhere else, what's different and special about this is that on my block we have people who origins are from every continent. Across the street is a couple of Middle Eastern descent, the Dad and daughter are Muslim and the Mom and Son are Christian. Diagonallly is an African American family who have been in the neighborhood the longest. Further up the street are Koreans, Indians, Regular Americans, I think there are probably at least a dozen languages spoken on my block. It lets me know that people of different can live peacably together.

Posted by: Dave on February 22, 2003 01:32 PM

Although I'm a northerner at heart, I still love Virginia. Virginia has everything from arboretums to zoos, mountains to beaches. It really is a state that anyone could love. My personal favorites? The Shenandoah Valley, the Blue Ridge Mountains, CaryTown, and the whole city of Richmond.

And how could you forget - Virginia is for Lovers!

Posted by: theresa on February 22, 2003 03:34 PM

Virginia loves history. How many Virgians does it take to change a light bulb? Four, one to do it and three to reminisce about how good the old one was.

Posted by: Robert Stermer on February 22, 2003 08:20 PM

Birthplace of Robert E. Lee, one of the finest men who ever lived.

Posted by: Acidman on February 23, 2003 11:03 AM

I lived in VA for many years as a child. Loved spending time at Fort Story, walking along the beach, just me, the wife and the seagulls...

Posted by: Dave Worley on February 23, 2003 10:13 PM

I'm a lifelong Virginian, so the quote rings true to me:

"To be a Virginian either by Birth, Marriage, Adoption, or even on one's Mother's side, is an Introduction to any State in the Union, a Passport to any Foreign country and a Benediction from Above." —Anonymous

I also think it's the state that has most honestly confronted its racist past. Consider: the first black governor in the U.S., no silly legislative catfights about whether the Confederate flag should be flown at the capitol, and a black congressman. Not to say that there's no racism at all, but we're willing to look ourselves square in the eye and try to correct past wrongs.

Posted by: Dave on February 24, 2003 11:45 AM

I think Dave No. 1 lives in my parents' neighborhood, or one very much like it. When I hear people complain about the supposed cultural and ethnic homogeneity of suburbs, I think of Fairfax County today and laugh.

Posted by: Matt McIrvin on February 24, 2003 07:45 PM

Virginia holds a special place in my heart. I am a Jersey girl, but attended college in central Virginia. I met my husband there, a southwestern Virginia native....but I've turned him into a real Yankee!!! LOL

Posted by: Darla on February 24, 2003 11:35 PM

I'm in Northern Virginia as well, and I couldn't ask for a better place to live. Fairfax County is indeed an ethnically and culturally diverse place. I was born in D.C., and have lived in NoVa since 1986, after returning with my family from a Foreign Service tour in Portugal. My neighborhood is much like Dave's, with people from many different cultural backgrounds living here. I think this area is one of the best examples of America's diversity, and I don't think I'd ever live anywhere else.

Posted by: John Belcher on February 25, 2003 02:20 AM

Let us not forget: Concealed Carry Laws

Posted by: Gleeful Extremist on February 26, 2003 09:51 AM

I'm born and raised in California and have been to Virginia only once, a short visit, two days. I love history and I love Virginia for being the Cradle of America. I am a Virginian.

Posted by: joe on March 9, 2003 05:45 PM