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Virginia Cultural Symbols

Virginia has about 21 official cultural symbols. Some are explored under symbols of the arts and political symbols.

Cultural Symbols  
Boat Chesapeake Bay Deadrise 1988
Fleet Replicas of the three ships that sailed from England to Jamestown in 1607: Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery 2001
Spirit George Washington rye whiskey 2017
Beverage milk Redundant Symbol 1982
Sports Hall of Fame Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Portsmouth 1996
Motor Sports Museum Wood Brothers Racing Museum and Virginia Motor Sports Hall of Fame, Patrick County 1995
Gold Mining Interpretive Center Monroe Park, Goldvein, Virginia 2001
Coal Miners’ Memorial The Richland Coal Miners’ Memorial, Richlands 2009
Folklore Center The Blue Ridge Institute, Ferrum 1986
Emergency Medical Services Museum To the Rescue, Roanoke 1994
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
Folk Dance square dance Redundant Symbol 1991
Outdoor Drama The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama 1994
Historical Outdoor Drama The Long Way Home 1994
Television Series Song of the Mountains 2017
Shakespeare Festival Virginia Shakespeare Festival 2013
Artisans Center Virginia Artisans Center, Waynesboro 1999
Freedom Flag 2018
War Memorial Museum Virginia War Museum, Newport News 1997
Flag Salute 1954
Language English Redundant Symbol 1996

I find most of Virginia’s cultural symbols frankly boring. There’s a hall of fame, a few museums and “centers,” and that ever popular official beverage, milk. The three symbols I find most interesting—other than one or two symbols of the arts—are the official boat, fleet, and spirit.

State Quarter

Virginia is the only state with an official fleet—replicas of the three ships that sailed from England to Jamestown in 1607: Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery.

The official state spirit is George Washington rye whiskey, which was made by the second richest pResident in American history after Donald Trump. Actually, it was probably made by Washington’s slaves, but that’s another story.

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