17 Tiny Towns In Virginia Where HUGE Things Happened

We all know about the rich history in Virginia like the first landing in Virginia Beach, the Jamestown Settlement, Fredericksburg, and Old Town Alexandria. We appreciate the historical and political significance of our capital in Richmond – and we most certainly know about Colonial Williamsburg. But what about some of the smaller towns where history was also made?

The following Virginia towns may be small, but what they offer in historical significance is beyond measure. Each of these places played a part in shaping Virginia’s story through events that became legend, moments that changed history, or people who grew to become larger than life.

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Address: Bedford, VA 24523, USA
Address: Hardy, VA 24101, USA
Address: Front Royal, VA 22630, USA
Address: Farmville, VA 23901, USA
Address: Raphine, VA 24472, USA
Address: Capron, VA 23829, USA
Address: Courtland, VA 23837, USA
Address: Radford, VA, USA
Address: Fincastle, VA 24090, USA
Address: Danville, VA, USA
Address: New Market, VA 22844, USA
Address: Appomattox, VA 24522, USA
Address: Catawba, VA 24070, USA
Address: Waverly, VA 23890, USA
Address: Smithfield, VA 23430, USA
Address: Schuyler, VA 22969, USA
Address: Hiltons, VA 24258, USA
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History in Virginia

May 12, 2021

What are some of the most unique towns in Virginia?

Virginia is home to some vibrant and truly unique little towns – so much so that it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few for this paragraph! Of course, we do still have some favorites. Those include charming places like Chincoteague, which was called the second-coolest small town in America, and Abington, which has similar accolades. Virginia itself is a unique state with a diverse population, and each and every tiny town reflects that. Some other favorites include Middleberg, which has earned the distinction of being the best small town in Virginia by Frommer’s. No matter which part of the state you visit, you’ll find somewhere to fall in love with. For more of our favorite Virginia towns, check this article out. 

What are some fun facts about Virginia?

Hmm, where to start? Virginia is an old state with lots of rich and intriguing history, and with that distinction comes plenty of fun and interesting tidbits of trivia. For example, Virginia is named after Queen Elizabeth I, whose nickname was “the Virgin Queen”. Not one, not two, but eight US presidents were born here, and the state is home to the second-oldest college in the entire country (William & Mary). Virginia is also a state where more than half of the Civil War was fought, which might not be a “fun” fact, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

Are there any famous history stories about Virginia?

Of course. With its age comes stories! First and foremost, you’ll find a treasure trove of stories about battles during the Civil War, past presidents like George Washington (and the other three of the first five presidents to be born in this state), and tales from British settlements that first called Virginia home upon arriving in North America. Of course, one of the most famous history stories in our country’s entire storybook is that of the first Thanksgiving – which was held in Virginia.

Address: Bedford, VA 24523, USA
Address: Hardy, VA 24101, USA
Address: Front Royal, VA 22630, USA
Address: Farmville, VA 23901, USA
Address: Raphine, VA 24472, USA
Address: Capron, VA 23829, USA
Address: Courtland, VA 23837, USA
Address: Radford, VA, USA
Address: Fincastle, VA 24090, USA
Address: Danville, VA, USA
Address: New Market, VA 22844, USA
Address: Appomattox, VA 24522, USA
Address: Catawba, VA 24070, USA
Address: Waverly, VA 23890, USA
Address: Smithfield, VA 23430, USA
Address: Schuyler, VA 22969, USA
Address: Hiltons, VA 24258, USA