… for the 3rd state of the year

Oops I did it again. No, I didn’t go playing with anyone’s heart because that seems a little rude, don’t you think? I moved to another state! This time, I decided against skipping across the nation and just settled into Maryland’s neighbor – the lovely Virginia. As I am new to this state, or as the Metrorail conductors always point out, Commonwealth, I decided to learn more.

From Fact Monster:

The history of America is closely tied to that of Virginia, particularly during the Colonial period. Jamestown, founded in 1607, was the first permanent English settlement in North America and slavery was introduced there in 1619. The surrenders ending both the American Revolution (Yorktown) and the Civil War (Appomattox) occurred in Virginia. The state is called the “Mother of Presidents” because eight U.S. presidents were born there.

For fellow American history nerds like me, being a resident of Virginia means being surrounded and inundated by the past. The very plot of land where my apartment sits is part of a sale from the King and Queen of England granted back in the 17th century!

From 50 States:

1.Virginia was named for England’s “Virgin Queen,” Elizabeth I.
11.The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the second oldest in the United States, it was founded in 1693.
13.The State flower is not really a flower, but the blossom of the dogwood tree, which is also the state tree.
22.About 1/2 of all the people in the United States live within a 500 mile radius of the Capital of Virginia.
36.Virginia has been dubbed the “Internet Capital of the world”.

Random facts about my new home state are not too shabby.

And finally, Wikipedia:

A team led by David N. Martin and George Woltz of Martin and Woltz Inc. of Richmond, Virginia came up with the slogan after winning the Virginia State Travel account in 1968. Originally, they had come up with history ads, “Virginia is for History Lovers”; beach ads, “Virginia is for Beach Lovers”; and mountain ads, “Virginia is for Mountain Lovers”. This approach was eventually discarded as too limiting, and the qualifiers were dropped. “Virginia is for Lovers” was born.

Good to know why I live in the State for Lovers. I was hoping the story about this would be a lot more romantic, but good job Virginia for figuring out a way to market yourself! And to be perfectly frank, Virginia is a very beautiful state with rolling hills, lush landscapes, and serene lakes. It is a gorgeous place to be in love with and to be with someone you love.

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