Virginia State Symbols

Virginia State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Virginia Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Located on the southern border of Washington, DC, the nation's capital, Virginia offers students numerous academic and cultural opportunities. Popular sights to visit include Arlington National Cemetery; Monticello, home of US President Thomas Jefferson; Mount Vernon, home of US President George Washington; and Jamestown, site of the first English settlement in the United States.

The Virginia Company founded the first permanent English colony at Jamestown in 1607. Virginia is one of the original 13 states (it entered the Union in 1788), Virginia was named for Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen of England. Virginia holds an important place in American history, as it was home to many of the founding fathers, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Mason, and Patrick Henry. Four of America's first five presidents were Virginians. During the Civil War, Richmond, Virginia's capital, was the capital of the Confederacy. Today, Virginia is a popular tourist spot where people can visit historic places such as Alexandria, Williamsburg, and Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate. Virginia Big-Eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus) is the state bat and the cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is the state bird of the "Old Dominion."

Virginia State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Virginia state facts such as Virginia state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Virginia, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

Virginia State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

Artisans Center Artisans Center of Virginia, Waynesboro
Bat Virginia Big-Eared Bat
(Corynorhinos townsendii virginianus )
Beverage Milk
Bird Cardinal
(Cardinalis cardinalis)
Boat Chesapeake Bay Deadrise
Cabin capital of Virginia Page County
Coal miners' memorial The Richland Coal Miners' Memorial, Richlands
Covered bridge capital of the Commonwealth Patrick County
Covered bridge festival Virginia Covered Bridge Festival, Patrick County
Dog American Foxhound
Emblem of service and sacrifice Honor and Remember Flag
Emergency Medical Services Museum "To the Rescue", Roanoke
Fish (Freshwater) Brook Trout
(Salvelinus fontinalis)
Fish (Saltwater) Striped bass
(Morone saxatilis)
Flag State Flag
Fleet Replicas of the three ships, Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery
Floral Emblem American Dogwood
(Cornus florida)
Folk Dance Square Dance
Folklore Center The Blue Ridge Institute, Ferrum
Fossil Chesapecten jeffersonius
Gold Mining
Interpretive Center
Monroe Park, Goldvein, County of Fauquier, Virginia

Historical Outdoor Drama
"The Long Way Home"
Insect Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
(Papilio glaucous Linne)

Language English
Motto Sic Semper Tyrannis,
(Thus Always to Tyrants)

Motor Sports Museum
"Wood Brothers Racing Museum and Virginia Motor Sports Hall of Fame", Patrick County
Nicknames NA
Outdoors Drama
"The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama"
Poet Laureates Ron Smith (June 27, 2014 -) See More
Quarter Virginia State Quarter
Rock Nelsonite - 2016
Seal Great Seal
Shakespeare festival Virginia Shakespeare Festival
Shell Oyster Shell
(Crassostraea virginica)
Snake Eastern garter snake - 2016
(Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)
Song emeritus "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia"
Song (Traditional) "Our Great Virginia"  - March 26, 2015
Song (Popular) "Sweet Virginia Breeze" - March 26, 2015
Sport Hall of Fame Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Portsmouth
Tree Flowering Dogwood (Cornaceae Cornus florida)
War Memorial Museum "Virginia War Museum", Newport
US State Symbols
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