Virginia is a state in the South of the United States of America. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and the west by the Appalachian mountains, with expanses of farmland in between, Virginia has much to offer to the student of history and scenic landscapes. It is bordered by Maryland, Washington (D.C.), West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee.
"Virginia Is For Lovers" is the enigmatic motto of the Virginia tourism council. What makes Virginia particular suited for amour remains something of a mystery, but the state does have many great features: beaches, forests, some of the oldest towns in North America, and proximity to the Mid-Atlantic and the deeper South.
Virginia is one of the thirteen original colonies, and one of the first states to ratify the Declaration of Independence. Its author, Thomas Jefferson, is in fact a native Virginian, as are eight other presidents of the United States.
What is known today as Virginia has been inhabited for many hundreds of years by humans, and the Native American tribes that called Virginia home and helped the early English settlers, such as the Powhatan, had some of the richest native cultures in the Colonies.
Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, and has a strong Civil War heritage, as well as a strong sense of Southern pride and feeling of independence that exists in much of the state (especially the capital Richmond) even today.