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Virginia State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Artisan center Artisans Center of Virginia, Waynesboro 1999
Bat Virginia big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus) 2005
Beverage Milk 1982
Bird Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1950
Blue Ridge folklore state center Blue Ridge Institute, Ferrum 1986
Boat Chesapeake Bay deadrise 1988
Cabin capital of Virginia Page County 2009
Coal miners' memorial The Richland Coal Miners' Memorial, Richlands 2009
Covered bridge capital of the Commonwealth Patrick County 2008
Covered bridge festival Virginia Covered Bridge Festival, Patrick County 2007
Dog American Foxhound (Canis lupus familiaris) 1966
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
Emergency medical services museum To the Rescue, Roanoke 1994
Flag Find out more... 1930
Fleet Replicas of the three ships that sailed from England to Jamestown in 1607; Susan Constant; Godspeed; and Discovery. 2001
Floral emblem American dogwood (Cornus florida) 1918
Folk dance Square dance 1991
Fossil Chesapecten jeffersonius 1993
Great seal Find out more... 1930
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
Insect Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio glaucus) 1991
Gold mining interpretive center Monroe Park, located in the County of Fauquier 2001
Language English 1996
Maple festival The Highland County Maple Festival 2014
Motor sports museum Wood Brothers Racing Museum and Virginia Motor Sports Hall of Fame, Patrick County 1995
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
Rock Nelsonite 2016
Shakespeare festival Virginia Shakespeare Festival 2013
Shell Oyster Shell (Crassostraea virginica) 1974
Snake Eastern garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) 2016
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".
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
Sports hall of fame Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Portsmouth 1996
Tree Dogwood (Cornus florida) 1956
War memorial museum Virginia War Museum, Newport News 1997

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Additional Information

Virginia Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

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
State Names, Seals
Flags and Symbols

Benjamin F. Shearer
Barbara S. Shearer

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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