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A map of VirginiaA map of VirginiaVirginia is located in the southeastern United States. A small portion of the state, the Eastern Shore, occupies the lower part of the Delmarva Peninsula east of Chesapeake Bay. A flat, coastal plain, known as the Tidewater Region, an area of marsh, swamp and forest, makes up east Virginia. The rolling hills of the Piedmont lie to the west, which rise steeply to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Beyond are a series of valley and ridges, before the land levels out as the Cumberland Plateau in the far southwest.

The Governor's Palace, WilliamsburgThe Governor's Palace, Williamsburg


The name Virginia may have been proposed by Englishman Sir Walter Raleigh (1552–1618) for his new colony in America, naming it after Queen Elizabeth I, known as the "Virgin Queen”. Alternatively, "Virginia" may have come from Wingina, the name of the leader of the native Algonquian-speaking people at the time Raleigh was seeking to establish his colony on Roanoke Island in 1585.

However the name was arrived at, Virginia was originally the name given to the entire east coastal region of America, extending from Maine to South Carolina, including the island of Bermuda.

Virginia’s Eastern ShoreVirginia’s Eastern Shore

Autumn in the Shenandoah National ParkAutumn in the Shenandoah National Park


Of the first twelve presidents of the United States, seven were Virginians: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Harrison, Tyler and Taylor. Later, in the 20th century, Woodrow Wilson became the eighth Virginian president. Because more presidents were born in Virginia than any other state, Virginia is nicknamed "Mother of Presidents".

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