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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
AUTHOR. TITLE, PUBLOCATION; PUBLISHER, PUBYEAR.
|Floral emblem||American dogwood (Cornus florida)||1918|
|Flag||Find out more...||1930|
|Great seal||Find out more...||1930|
|Bird||Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)||1950|
|Tree||Dogwood (Cornus florida)||1956|
|Dog||American Foxhound (Canis lupus familiaris)||1966|
|Shell||Oyster Shell (Crassostraea virginica)||1974|
|Blue Ridge folklore state center||Blue Ridge Institute, Ferrum||1986|
|Boat||Chesapeake Bay deadrise||1988|
|Folk dance||Square dance||1991|
|Insect||Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio glaucus)||1991|
|Emergency medical services museum||To the Rescue, Roanoke||1994|
|Historical outdoor drama||"The Long Way Home," based on the life of Mary Draper Ingles and adapted for the stage by Earl Hobson Smith and performed in the City of Radford||1994|
|Outdoor drama||"The Trail of the Lonesome Pine," adapted for the stage by Clara Lou Kelly and performed in the Town of Big Stone Gap||1994|
|Motor sports museum||Wood Brothers Racing Museum and Virginia Motor Sports Hall of Fame, Patrick County||1995|
|Sports hall of fame||Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Portsmouth||1996|
|Song emeritus||"Carry Me Back to Old Virginia" by James A. Bland - Adopted as state "song".
Re-designated as state "song emeritus". Originally titled "Carry Me Back To Old Virginny".
|War memorial museum||Virginia War Museum, Newport News||1997|
|Artisan center||Artisans Center of Virginia, Waynesboro||1999|
|Fleet||Replicas of the three ships that sailed from England to Jamestown in 1607; Susan Constant; Godspeed; and Discovery.||2001|
|Gold mining interpretive center||Monroe Park, located in the County of Fauquier||2001|
|Bat||Virginia big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus)||2005|
|Covered bridge festival||Virginia Covered Bridge Festival, Patrick County||2007|
|Covered bridge capital of the Commonwealth||Patrick County||2008|
|Cabin capital of Virginia||Page County||2009|
|Coal miners' memorial||The Richland Coal Miners' Memorial, Richlands||2009|
|Emblem of service and sacrifice||Honor and Remember Flag||2010|
|Fish (Freshwater)||Brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) Originally adopted as official fish. Changed with adoption of saltwater fish in 2011.||1993
|Fish (Saltwater)||Striped bass (Morone saxatilis)||2011|
|Shakespeare festival||Virginia Shakespeare Festival||2013|
|Maple festival||The Highland County Maple Festival||2014|
|Song (Popular)||"Sweet Virginia Breeze," by Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett.||2015|
|Song (Traditional)||"Our Great Virginia," lyrics by Mike Greenly and arranged by Jim Papoulis with music from the original American folksong "Oh Shenandoah".||2015|
|Snake||Eastern garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)||2016|
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Virginia Facts and Symbols, by Emily McAuliffe. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major Virginia symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.
State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.
State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."
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