Virginia State Government

Virginia and West Virginia are a Latin nod to sovereign Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen.

Capital: Richmond

Largest Cities: Alexandria, Appomattox, Arlington, Charlottesville, Fredricksburg, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Roanoke, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Wytheville, Yorktown

Present Constitution Drafted: 1970

Entered Union: June 25, 1788 (10)

Motto: “Sic Semper Tyranis (Thus always to tyrants)”

State Flower: American Dogwood

State Tree: Dogwood

State Bird: Cardinal

State Dog: American Foxhound

State Insect: Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

State Song: “Carry Me Back to Old Virginia”

Nickname: The Mother of Presidents, The Old Dominion