• Colony of Virginia Founded

    Colony of Virginia Founded
    The colony of Virginia was the first colony founded, having been founded in the year 1607 by many colonists from Jamestown, including John Smith and John Rolfe. The colony of Virginia was in the southern part of North America, and was part of the “Southern” section of the original thirteen colonies.
  • Starving Time

    Starving Time
    Virginia faced a starving time during the winter of 1609 and 10. It was only in the town of Jamestown, but 60 people were left alive compared to the original population of 500. Not only did Jamestown have a food shortage, but there was fractured leadership and an invasion from the Powhatan Indian warriors.
  • Tobacco Sales Begin

    Tobacco Sales Begin
    In 1611, John Rolfe imported tobacco seeds to Virginia from Trinidad, and began to farm it in America. The following year, 1612, Rolfe exported the first crop of tobacco, which he had improved. Finally, in the next year of 1613, Rolfe made his first shipment of tobacco, and more people and colonies also began farming and exporting tobacco as well.
  • First Anglo-Powhatan War ends

    First Anglo-Powhatan War ends
    The First Anglo-Powhatan War began in 1609 and finally drew to a close in 1614. Its sudden ending was due to the marriage of John Rolfe and Pocahontas, who were from opposite sides of the war. The War was bloody and killed tons, but was an important war in the history of Virginia.
  • First Legislative Meeting

    First Legislative Meeting
    Jamestown, Virginia’s General Assembly met for the first time to discuss the future of their town and colony. For the next eleven years, they continued to meet. They met in a large building together, and it was the only building that could hold everyone in it.
  • Virginia Made Into a Royal Colony

    Virginia Made Into a Royal Colony
    Royal colonies in colonial ages were colonies in America that were under control by Britain. All of the colonies in America were categorized as a certain type of colony, and along with seven others, Virginia was a royal colony.
  • Bacon's Rebellion

    Bacon's Rebellion
    Bacon’s Rebellion was an armed rebellion led by Nathaniel Bacon. It was the first real rebellion between the colonies and Britain that would later cause more battles and revolts of which would lead to the revolution.
  • Constitution Made and Independence Declared

    Constitution Made and Independence Declared
    Along with the other colonies (states), Virginia had its independence declared in the Declaration of Independence. Virginia also adopted its first constitution declaring it being made as an official state of the United States of America.
  • Capital Changed

    Capital Changed
    Richmond was originally the capital of Virginia. Although it was still capital during 1780, British attacks and invasion forced American legislators to keep changing where their capital (and their meeting building was placed) but they couldn’t find a safe place. They continued changing it over the course of the seven years.
  • Richmond Remade Capital

    Richmond Remade Capital
    Although the capital of Virginia was changed multiple times due to British attacks and raids, the previous capital, known as Richmond, was finally safe to be the capital again.
  • Edgar Allen Poe Born

    Edgar Allen Poe Born
    Edgar Allen Poe was a famous writer and poet, and was born in Virginia on the nineteenth of January, 1809. There is currently a museum for him in the capital, Richmond.
  • Slave Revolt

    Slave Revolt
    A slave revolt was led by townsperson Nat Turner to help African slaves be free, and though it didn’t stop slavery, it helped influence the eventual end of slavery.
  • State Flag Adopted

    State Flag Adopted
    Virginia’s state flag was adopted. The flag has a blue background with a white circle in the middle, and in the circle are the words “VIRGINIA” and “SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS”, which is Latin, but translates to “thus always to tyrants”.
  • West Virginia Formed

    West Virginia Formed
    Virginia split in two on 1863, and although the original Virginia kept its title of "Virginia", the state it split off to was called "West Virginia" as it was previously the western side of Virginia.
  • Raid on Kelly's Ford

    Raid on Kelly's Ford
    Kelly’s Ford was where a battle during a war took place, and during the raid many American supplies that were needed for survival for stolen by the other team, leaving America with little to nothing.
  • General Lee Surrenders

    General Lee Surrenders
    American general Lee was an American war general who had been assisting the Americans for many years. However, he decided to surrender a battle on April 9th, although it was probably for the better.
  • Public Schools Provided Laws

    Public Schools Provided Laws
    The constitution previously did not have any laws for public schools, but in 1870, the schools were given laws that had been added to the constitution to better increase the schools’ safety and morale.
  • Virginia Reenters The US

    Virginia Reenters The US
    After the Civil War, Virginia left America's union. After the War had finally ended near the end of the year 1870, though, Virginia decided to reenter it.
  • Coal Discovered

    Coal Discovered
    A large mine of coal was discovered in southwestern Virginia, leaving all the residents delighted to finally have another grand supply of coal.
  • Richmond Flood

    Richmond Flood
    Richmond, the capital of Virginia, was flooded for the second time in history. It was the largest flood it had ever had by that point, despite not being the first flood it faced.
  • Virginian Constitutional Convention

    Virginian Constitutional Convention
    The Virginian Constitutional Convention of 1902 was held, which was a Convention for delegates to arrange the new and improved laws of Virginia.
  • World War I Ends

    World War I Ends
    In 1918, the first of the two World Wars finally drew to a close, and the United States of America was happy to say that it was one of the countries that won.
  • Nineteenth Amendment

    Nineteenth Amendment
    The 19th Amendment was passed in 1920, making the women of America very happy, as they were now free to vote alongside the men of their country.
  • Great Depression Begins

    Great Depression Begins
    The Great Depression had began in the United States, leaving the economy to drop significantly and leaving many people without work. Every state had to struggle through it.
  • Pentagon Finished

    Pentagon Finished
    The Pentagon was built in Arlington, Virginia. The construction was ordered by Brigadier General Brehon Somervell, and was built to consolidate seventeen war buildings. It costed seventeen million dollars.
  • World War II Ends

    World War II Ends
    The second world war ended in 1945, the war began won by all countries who fought on the side of the United States, against Germany and its allies.
  • Most Schools Desegregated

    Most Schools Desegregated
    Although not all Virginia schools were desegregated, most of them did contain all races near the end of the 1960’s. Later in time, all of them were open to all races.
  • Civil Rights Act Passed

    Civil Rights Act Passed
    All across America in 1965, schools, buildings, and other places people go were officially desegregated by the Civil Rights Act. The Act guaranteed freedom for all races, and it became illegal to segregate.
  • 400th Anniversary of Virginia

    400th Anniversary of Virginia
    2007 marked the 400th anniversary of Virginia, as Jamestown was founded in 1607. Citizens of Virginia were unable to properly celebrate as no one is certain when exactly Virginia was founded, but it was fun to celebrate even if the date was unknown.
  • Virginia Tech Shooting

    Virginia Tech Shooting
    On Monday, April sixteen, the university of Virginia Tech had a school shooting. Two people tragically had to die that day, but they will be remembered for their bravery.