Four hundred and five years ago today, three small ships sailed into Chesapeake Bay. From that beginning we have the founding of the first colony to survive in the New World. I must say that I am biased towards my home state, but I have lived in a few states out west and traveled all over the country in a car and I can tell you quite honestly that Virginia is by far my preferred place in which to stake my claim. Here are several things I love about Virginia.
1: I love the land. Virginia is a nice combination of many different landscapes, but where I live, we have gently rolling hills. The land has character. There are slopes and valleys, little gorges and hilltops, and perhaps the most important factor, small creeks and miniature rivers all over the place. I also only live a short ways from the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Trail.
2: Here in Virginia, we have seasons, and these seasons are not marked by words on a calendar and a slight variation in the thermometer reading. Usually we have a very distinct summer, fall and winter. Our springs tend to be warm, but this year has blessed us with wonderful weather.
3: I love the history, and Virginia is overflowing with history. It has been the homeland of such illustrious names as George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, “Light Horse Harry” Lee, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson…and the list can continue. Virginia is also the home of numerous historical sites. I live less than 30 minutes from where General Lee surrendered to General Grant ending the Civil War. There is also Williamsburg, the states original capitol, both Monticello and Poplar Forest (Thomas Jefferson’s two homes), Mount Vernon, Red Hill, Norfolk Navy Yard, Yorktown, and of course, Jamestown. It’s a great place for those who love history.
4: Virginia is very wooded state. I tell my relatives in California, where there aren’t trees there were trees, and where there aren’t trees there will be trees unless you do something about it. I love woods and the country area. Where I live, we have trees and fields with an occasional house for a couple miles in every direction.
5: Virginia is filled with wildlife. I guess most states can say that, but Virginia is the kind of state where wildlife seems to just flourish. We have deer, bear, the stray elk in the western parts of the state, turkey, bobcats, beaver, doves, quail, and much more. We also, unfortunately, have coyote, and I think cougars, though the state claims we don’t.
There are many other things that I could mention about Virginia, but I am sure that you are probably tired of hearing me praise a state that you may not have any interest in at all. Suffice it to say, I am happy right here and can only imagine a few places that would be better. (And you’re not allowed to live in those places anyway.) 🙂