Virginia History and Culture

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Virginia History from the Library of Virginia
Colonial Period
Revolutionary War
Early Nation
Civil War
Twentieth Century

Virginia Department of Historic Resources
In Virginia, the statewide survey has been underway for 40-plus years. During that time, more than 165,000 architectural and archaeological properties have been recorded and added to the state’s inventory of historic sites.

Why is Virginia a commonwealth?
You will often hear Virginia called the Commonwealth. This does not mean Virginia has a different form of government than any other state.

Virginia Emblems and Symbols
A colorful presentation of the symbols of our state. Includes the state flag, bird, seal, and much more.

Biographies of Famous Virginians
Links to the lives of Virginian Presidents and First Ladies, Virginia Governors, and more.

Papers of Famous Virginians
Includes the writings of George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe, Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jefferson, and more. 

Virginia African American History Sites
As the commonwealth's library at the seat of government and the state archives, the Library of Virginia's collections of books, periodicals, government publications, newspapers, and more.

Indians in Virginia
Offers historical information, lesson plans, bibliographies and links to tribal home pages.

More Virginia Facts and Figures
A listing of Virginia facts and history from the official state website.

Virginia Fact Pack
Basic facts & figures about Virginia in a downloadable PDF format.