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Southwest

SOUTHWEST

Southwest Virginia is probably the most unique of all regions in Virginia, if for no other reason than the fact that it is so “un-Virginia.” The people and culture are more closely associated with Appalachia than to the other regions of the state. It is rural, remote and charmingly romantic.

Among the last parts of Virginia to be settled, English, German and Scots-Irish settlers eagerly pushed the boundaries of settled Virginia past the Appalachian Mountains. With great faith and desire, these settlers took the Great Wagon Road into the Appalachian Valley.   Read More...

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Shenandoah Valley

SHENANDOAH VALLEY

Nicknamed “the Big Valley,” the Shenandoah Valley proper stretches 200 miles across, from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the east, to the Allegheny and Shenandoah Mountains in the west. From the north, it is bounded by the Potomac River and to the south by the James River.

The Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge foothills to the east conjure up images of hushed bucolic splendor, with vast expanses of farmland and gentle, rolling hills. It revels in fall, when the foothills and mountains explode in a kaleidoscope of rich autumn colors. A wide number of vineyards and horse farms can be found in the region, too.   Read More...

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Nothern Virginia

NORTHERN VIRGINIA

Northern Virginia is shaped by its proximity to Washington, D.C. Its location so close to the nation’s capital has influenced the diverse and cosmopolitan mix that characterizes Northern Virginia. This, in turn, seems to set the region apart from the other regions of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Northern Virginia has a firm footing in the 18th century, yet reaches for the 21st century. It is a technological, medical, manufacturing and transportation hub, home to the greatest concentration of Virginians. More than just the suburbs for Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia boasts a varied population from across the globe that brings the area an exciting mix of cultures.   Read More...

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Richmond North

FREDERICKSBURG/RICHMOND NORTH

This region is dominated by the historic and utterly charming city of Fredericksburg. Situated on the Rappahannock River, Fredericksburg is conveniently located 50 miles south of Washington, D.C., and 60 miles north of Richmond.

Established in the early 1700s as the colony of Virginia shifted west away from the coastal plains, Fredericksburg was home to many prominent colonists who shaped the futures of both Virginia and the United States. Historic Fredericksburg as a whole is a charming city to visit or stay.   Read More...

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Williamsburg/Virginia Beach

WILLIAMSBURG/VIRGINIA BEACH

It is not an exaggeration to say that America began in the Tidewater region of Virginia, the “Old Dominion.” It was here where English settlers first tamed the New World. This is where the first representative government was created, and it is here where descendants of these first settlers demanded liberty and helped shape a new form of government.

It was here where the British finally surrendered ending the bloody American Revolution. Tidewater has remained at the heart of the military might of the United States, being home to the mighty United States Navy. A visit to the region really must start at Jamestown.   Read More...

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Richmond North

RICHMOND SOUTH/PIEDMONT

No matter where you are in the Commonwealth of Virginia, all roads lead to Richmond. Located at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Interstate 64, this seat of state government is a legal (the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is here) and financial center (one of the 12 Federal Reserves is here), plus, it is the third-largest metropolitan area in the state.

Founded in 1737, Richmond became the capital in 1780 under Governor Patrick Henry, when it was moved from Williamsburg for a more central location. Richmond is a modern, cosmopolitan city tempered with an elegant and ever-present history.   Read More...

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