Living in Virginia is a wonderfully unique experience. Not only are we able to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, but there are also the aspects of culture, history, and fine dining to add to the mix. Of course, there’s great diversity even within the state, but some experiences are pretty universal when it comes to life in Virginia. See how many of these you can relate to:
1. You've experienced snowfall in April
Virginians know not to get their hopes up for consistent warm weather until well into spring.
2. You've seen many a colonial reenactment
Whether you happen to be passing through Williamsburg or Jamestown, witnessing a colonial reenactment is just part of everyday life.
3. You've seen Foamhenge, the to-scale replica of Stonehenge
It may be made entirely from foam, but this bizarre landmark is no less spectacular.
4. You've found yourself explaining to someone that Virginia and West Virginia are, in fact, separate states
It seems like simple geography to us, but this continues to baffle some out-of-towners.
5. You've visited the historic homes of at least two Presidents
Whether on a field trip or by your own accord, a trip to Mount Vernon or Monticello is something nearly every Virginian has experienced.
6. You've become increasingly skeptical of seafood from other states
Does it even qualify as seafood if it's not from Virginia's Eastern Shore?
7. You've visited geological sites surveyed by George Washington himself
One of the country's most famous geological places, Natural Bridge, is right in our own backyard.
8. You've braved some less-than-ideal traffic just for a weekend getaway to Virginia Beach
You'd never admit it...but the traffic is always worth the shore time.
9. You've mastered the pronunciation of nearly every small town in Virginia
You may even forget how unique sounding some of these places are.
10. You've got high standards for the term "historical"
Unless something was built in the 17th century (such as Jamestown Church, photographed above) it isn't really THAT old.
11. You get used to these strange little invaders every summer they return
Cicadas invade Virginia about once every 17 years, and their buzzing eventually begins to sound pretty normal.
12. You've referred to at least three different bodies of water as "The Rivah."
And still somehow everyone knows exactly what you're talking about.
What are some unique-to-Virginia experiences that you’d add to the list? We’d love to hear from you!