State Symbols, Seals and Emblems

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    Virginia State Seal The official state seal of Virginia is represented on the Virginia flag. 
    Cardinal
    Virginia state bird is the cardinal. 
    dogwood Virginia state flower is a dogwood.  

    Per § 1-510, the following are hereby designated official emblems and designations of the Commonwealth:

    Bat - Virginia Big-eared bat (Corynorhinos townsendii virginianus)

    Beverage - Milk

    Blue Ridge Folklore State Center - Blue Ridge Institute located in the village of Ferrum

    Boat - "Chesapeake Bay Deadrise"

    Cabin Capital of Virginia - Page County 

    Coal Miners' Memorial - The Richlands Coal Miners' Memorial located in Tazewell County

    Covered Bridge Capital of the Commonwealth - Patrick County 

    Covered Bridge Festival - Virginia Covered Bridge Festival held in Patrick County

    Dog - American Foxhound

    Emergency medical services museum - "To The Rescue," located in the City of Roanoke

    Fish - Brook Trout

    Fleet - Replicas of the three ships, Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery, which comprised the Commonwealth's founding fleet that brought the first permanent English settlers to Jamestown in 1607, and which are exhibited at the Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg.

    Flower - American Dogwood (Cornus florida)

    Folk dance - Square dancing, the American folk dance that traces its ancestry to the English Country Dance and the French Ballroom Dance, and is called, cued, or prompted to the dancers, and includes squares, rounds, clogging, contra, line, the Virginia Reel, and heritage dances.

    Fossil - Chesapecten jeffersonius

    Gold mining interpretive center - Monroe Park, located in the County of Fauquier

    Insect - Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio glaucus Linne)

    Motor sports museum - Wood Brothers Racing Museum and Virginia Motor Sports Hall of Fame, located in Patrick County

    Outdoor drama - The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama, adapted for the stage by Clara Lou Kelly and performed in the Town of Big Stone Gap

    Outdoor drama, historical - "The Long Way Home" based on the life of Mary Draper Ingles, adapted for the stage by Earl Hobson Smith, and performed in the City of Radford

    Shell - Oyster shell (Crassostrea virginica)

    Song emeritus - "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia," by James A. Bland, as set out in the House Joint Resolution 10, adopted by the General Assembly of Virginia at the Session of 1940

    Sports hall of fame - Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, located in the City of Portsmouth

    War memorial museum - Virginia War Museum, (formerly known as the War Memorial Museum of Virginia), located in the City of Newport News

    Seal - The great seal of Virginia is circular. In the center is a figure of Virtus, the goddess of virtue, dressed as a warrior. She holds a spear in her right hand, with its point held downward touching the earth. In her left hand is a sheathed sword pointing upward. Her left foot rests on the chest of the figure of tyrany, who is lying on the ground. Above the figure is the word "Virginia," and under the figures is the state motto "Sic Semper Tyrannis" or "Thus Always to Tyrants." The seal, designed by George Wythe, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was first adopted in 1776 and modified in 1930.

Last Updated: 4/11/2011 11:08 AM
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