Virginia History


Encyclopedia Virginia publishes topical and biographical entries on the history and culture of Virginia. Entries are accompanied by primary documents and media objects, including images, audio and visual clips, and links to Google Street View tours of historic sites. There is a a link for educators that provides resources for the Virginia Studies SOL. You can also bookmark entries, images, videos, and maps, and save them to a personal account to access at a later time.

Foundations of U.S. History: Virginia History as American History is a site that provides lessons and resources for studying VA and US history. Lessons and activities emphasize the use of primary sources to strengthen historical thinking skills and enrich historical understandings.

 Virginia Indians
Long before English settlers landed in Jamestown, native peoples lived on the land we now call Virginia. There are eight state recognized tribes in Virginia. Seven of theses tribes reside in the Tidewater region and were part of the original Powhatan empire. They are the Chickahominy, Easter Chickahominy, Mattaponi, Nansemond, Pamunkey, and Rappahannock. These tribes represent the Algonquian language system and culture. The most western tribe, the Monocan, is found in the Piedmont region. The Monocan represent the Siouan language system and culture.

It is important for students to not only know and appreciate the history of these peoples, but also recognize that Virginia Indians still live and work among us. You’ll find the video below a helpful resource.


The arrival of the English in VA began in Jamestown with the landing of the Susan Constant, the Godspeed and the Discovery.