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Welcome to Virginia

We live in one of the most beautiful, diverse, history-rich states in the U.S., but it’s so easy sometimes to overlook the fascinating places, experiences, and adventures all around us! As we approach the anniversary of Virginia’s statehood on June 25, check out this Homeschool Living to rekindle your love of Virginia, find new Virginia adventures, and re-discover old favorites to incorporate into your Virginia homeschool.

Becoming Virginia

Virginia was the 10th state to join the Union, on June 25, 1788, but its history long predates that occasion. While the first English settlers arrived in Jamestown in 1607, archeological evidence suggests the presence of Native American tribes as much as 12,000 years ago. Virginia is the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents—more than any other state—and all or part of eight other states were formed from the western territory once claimed by Virginia, earning it the nicknames “Mother of Presidents” and “Mother of States.” The second-oldest institution for higher learning in the U.S. is the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. America’s first woman-run bank was established in Virginia’s capital city, Richmond, in 1903. Explore the storied history of Virginia and check out some more fun facts at History.com.

Exploring Virginia

Virginia is home to some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. You can explore the Natural Bridge, Virginia’s Sand Cave, The Breaks (the Grand Canyon of the South), New River (one of the five oldest rivers in the world), and much more without venturing too far from your hometown. Check out these ten natural wonders of Virginia, and for a more in-depth Virginia homeschool unit study on the Natural Bridge, check out this Homeschool Living.

Virginia points of interest ripe for exploring include islands, botanical gardens, caverns, waterfalls, and so much more. Check out these thirteen stunning places to explore to find some new Virginia adventures for the summer.

Learning Virginia

From historic stages to beautiful movie theaters, Virginia is full of venues to showcase creativity and artistry. Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton is the world’s only exact replica of the original Blackfriars Monastery Theater, the 16th century indoor theater designed and built with input from William Shakespeare himself. The Barter Theater in Abingdon gets its name from the fact that since its establishment in 1933, during the height of the American Depression, those who couldn’t afford the forty-cent admission were allowed to barter with livestock, dairy, and vegetables. Wolf Trap in Vienna is a beautiful outdoor theater featuring a variety of accessible arts experiences, including concerts, ballet, opera, and hands-on children’s programs. Find out more about these and ten other memorable Virginia theaters to plan your next Virginia homeschool field trip.

This Homeschool Living features some of the most unique, interesting Virginia museums, including the Museum of the Middle Appalachians, the Frontier Culture Museum, and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

A library might not be your go-to destination on a road trip or vacation, but if you find yourself in northern Virginia, a trip to the Handley Library in Winchester is well worth it! Check out the beauty and unique architecture of the library that Thomas Edison once called “the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen.

Savoring Virginia

Savor some of the most beautiful views in the state atop its varied mountain peaks. These Virginia adventures feature summit hikes with 360 degree views, ranging from quick hikes of less than a mile to ten-mile day hikes.

The richness of Virgina doesn’t end with its history, natural beauty, or its myriad culture and learning experiences. With its variation in terrain–from mountain ranges to farmland, river valleys to Atlantic coastline–it’s no surprise that Virginia is known for foods just a varied and diverse. Apples, oysters, peanuts, fish, crab, and ham are just some of foods featured in the delicious signature flavors of Virginia. Check out these fifty Virginia recipes for some delicious ideas for your next weeknight meal, sweet treat, or family gathering, including Brunswick stew, apple bread, Virginia ham and biscuits, Williamsburg ginger cakes, and more. Cooking together is a great way to incorporate math, science, history, and family time into your Virginia homeschool!

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