Map of Virginia

Map of Virginia

VIRGINIA was named after England’s Queen Elizabeth I, the virgin queen.  Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in 1607.  Nicknames:  Mother of Presidents and The Old Dominion.  State Song:  Carry Me Back to Old Virginia.  Statehood:  June 25, 14788.  Area:  40,815 square miles.

Civil War Virginia

Civil War Virginia

Virginia saw the first major land battle of the Civil War in Manassas, July 21, 1961 and four long, tragic years later, Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox, April 9, 1965.  Of the war’s thousand battles, skirmishes and engagements, sixty percent were fought in Virginia.

Old Cape Henry Lighthouse

Old Cape Henry Lighthouse

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Old Cape Henry Lighthouse was the first lighthouse authorized by the first U S Congress.  Build in 1791, it lighted the entrance of the Chesapeake Bay until 1881.
Owned by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities as deeded in 1930 by the Congress of the United States.

1792 (John McComb). Inactive since 1881. 90 ft (27.5 m) octagonal sandstone tower with lantern and gallery. Tower unpainted; lantern is silver-colored.  This is the first lighthouse built by the Federal government and one of the best preserved lighthouses of the early Federal period. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark. The interior was restored in 2002. In 2003 the eroded sandstone foundation of the lighthouse was repaired. In August 2011, an earthquake created some cracks in the tower, but engineers determined they were not serious. Located on Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach, surrounded byFort Story, an active U.S. Army post.

It was replaced by the New Cape Henry Lighthouse very close by.

Memorial Amphitheater

Memorial Amphitheater

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, Virginia

The Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery was dedicated on May 15, 1920.  While many ceremonies are conducted throughout the country, many consider the servies at Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater to be the nation’s official ceremonies to honor all American Service Members who serve to keep the United States free.

 

Virginia – State Facts

Virginia – State Facts

Cape Henry Lighthouse

Cape Henry Lighthouse

Virginia Beach, Virginia

The new Cape Henry Lighthouse built in 1881 to replace the aging original, stands in the shadow of its predecessor still marking a safe path into the Chesapeake Bay.

1881. Active; focal plane 164 ft (50 m); three flashes every 20 s: two short flashes followed by one long (7 s) flash; red sector covers dangerous shoals. 164 ft (50 m) octagonal cast-iron-clad brick tower, original 1st order Fresnel lens. Unusual daymark: alternating black and white vertical bands; lantern is black. The 2-story brick principal keeper’s house and two 1-1/2 story wood assistant keepers’ house buildings are all standing; one is currently in use as an Army residence.

Old Cape Henry Lighthouse still stands not far away.

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

 

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

From a friend.

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