Interesting Facts About Virginia

  • Patrick Henry made his “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech in St. John’s Church in Richmond.
  • Opened in 1964, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is 18 miles long and has two bridges and two mile-long tunnels. It extends over the mouth of Chesapeake Bay and connects the cities of Cape Charles and Norfolk.
  • Government employment, especially the Federal government and military, has replaced tobacco as the state’s number one industry.
  • Jamestown was the first English settlement in the U.S. It was also the first capital of Virginia.
  • Virginia has had 3 capital cities: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Richmond.
  • Virginia is the home base for the United States Navy’s Atlantic Fleet.