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America’s Colonial and Civil War history is deeply embedded in Virginia. Historic cities and sites like Appomattox, Arlington, Jamestown, Manassas, Petersburg, Richmond, Williamsburg and Yorktown justifiably attract thousands of visitors annually.
In addition, Virginia’s rivers and mountain scenery are an essential must see, and the cities of the southeast and nearby Atlantic Ocean beaches will prove irresistible.
- Beautyphoon: Basic information about the U.S. state of Virginia, including state history, geography, population, economy, and politics.
From the stunning mountains of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge mountains of the northwest, through to Washington, DC, then south to the Hampton Roads region, Virginia will amaze you, Virginia will impress you, and Virginia will welcome you with open arms.
So, for family outdoor fun and adventure ideas, or for a relaxing weekend getaway, follow the links below.
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- Times to Travel: Virginia’s distinct climate areas offer a wide range of activities throughout the year.
Climate: Virginia experiences classic spring, summer, fall and winter conditions, but depending on where you are, conditions can (and do) differ dramatically.
In the low-lying regions of Tidewater – where its largest rivers drain into the Chesapeake – and in the southeast, winters are generally mild with warm ( often hot) summers.
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In the hilly, mountainous regions of the state, winters are colder. Snowfall is commonplace with large amounts of snow at the higher elevations of the Appalachian mountain ranges. Summer conditions in these areas are usually pleasant and mild with cold mornings.
Statewide, the average high temperature in July is in the low 80s, while in January, high temperatures in the upper 30s are the norm.
Virginia’s rainfall averages about 40 inches per year, with 50 inches or more in the higher elevations of the mountains, and in the southeast.
High Temperatures (Fahrenheit / Celsius)
(Jan) 51/10 (February) 47/8 (March) 57/14 (April) 70/20
May 75/23 (June) 83/28 (July) 89/31 (August) 89/31
(September) 75/23 (October) 66/18 (November) 58/14 (December) 53/11
Low temperatures (Fahrenheit / Celsius)
(Jan) 35/1 (February) 31 /-1 (March) 38/3 (April) 49/9
May 55/12 (June) 66/18 (July) 72/22 (August) 72/22
(September) 61/16 (October) 48/9 (November) 43/6 (December) 36/2
High temperature (Fahrenheit / Celsius)
(Jan) 56/13 (February) 51/10 (March) 58/14 (April) 70/21
May 76/24 (June) 82/27 (July) 88/31 (August) 89 /31
(September) 78/25 (October) 70/21 (November) 63/17(December) 59/14
Low Temperatures (Fahrenheit / Celsius)
(Jan) 4/39 (February) 1/34 (March) 4/40 (April) 50/9
May 56/13 (June) 67/19 (July) 71/21 (August) 71/21
(September) 61/16 (October) 52/10 (November) 46/7 (December) 38/3
The Robert E. Lee Memorial
Robert Edward Lee was an American general and commander of Confederate forces in the Civil War. He received a good education in his youth, and after the war he worked at the University of Washington, where he held the post of teacher until his death.
Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807 near Stradford, Westmoreland County, Virginia. His parents were prominent cavalry officer Henry Lee and Anne Hill Lee. The father was a participant in the American Revolution, where he earned the nickname “Light Horse Harry”. As he subsequently rejected a political career and was also overtaken by financial problems, Henry Lee and his family moved to Arlington, Virginia. It was here that young Robert went to school and enjoyed life in the countryside. In 1825, young Lee entered Westpoint to study, where he excelled especially in military exercises. He was appointed adjutant of the cadet corps and graduated second in his class in 1829.
Lieutenant Lee married Maria Ann Randolph Custis, with whom he subsequently had 7 children. With the outbreak of hostilities with Mexico, Lee was conscripted into the army and fought in many battles under General John E. Wool and General Winfield Scott. In 1850, he served briefly as an instructor at West Point and then was drafted into the 2nd US Cavalry. Lee then continued his work in Washington, living with his wife in her ancestral home in Arlington. During the war between the North and the South, Lee received an offer to join the Union Army, but he turned it down because of his ancestry and his loyalty to Virginia. It was a difficult decision for Lee as he did not want to give up his career or the country he now lived in. His personal devotion, however, was to his family and his Virginia roots. It was with great regret that he therefore resigned his rank and moved with his family to Richmond.
Later, Lee worked as a personal military adviser to President Jefferson Davis. He created the Army of Northern Virginia to defend Richmond against General George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac. He managed to avert the threat of attack within seven days. Furthermore, Lee and his troops participated in many other important battles, the most unsuccessful of which was the Battle of Gettysburg. At the Battle of Gettysburg, the Army of Northern Virginia suffered a crushing defeat, and Lee felt personally responsible for the loss. Nevertheless, the Confederate government showed great confidence in this commander and, like many men, refused to resign his post.
However, his last battle was the Battle of Richmond and Petersburg Line, where he fought against General Ulysses S. Grant. On April 9, 1865, after long fighting, he met with General Grant to announce his surrender and thus save the lives of the 7,500 remaining soldiers. Lee left Appomattox and his army returned to Richmond for good. After his military career ended, Lee remained quietly at his home in Richmond, caring for his ailing wife. In the fall of 1865, Lee assumed the position of president of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. With the help of his enthusiasm and ability, Lee built it into a school with a high level of education. General Lee died on October 12, 1870, after a brief illness, and is buried in the university chapel that bears his name. General Lee’s home in Arlington is now a national monument commemorating his life.