VA#1 Virginia State Capitol

June 25,1788 Virginia becomes the 10th state to join the union.

1000 Bank St
Richmond, VA



Coaster Card Answers

Question 1

A1: In 1619, the first English-speaking legislature in the New World met in Jamestown Virginia. In 1699, the capital was moved to Williamsburg, Va. The capital moved to Richmond in 1780; the current building was occupied for the first time in 1788.

Question 2

A2: Thomas Jefferson, with the help of the French architect Charles-Louis Clérisseau, modeled the VA Capitol design after a Roman temple located in southern France.

Question 3

A3: In the center of the Rotunda is a statue of George Washington. The alcoves in the walls surrounding the statue contain 8 busts (sculpture of a person’s head): 7 are of Virginian-born US presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson and 1 is of French born Revolutionary War hero and honorary Virginian Citizen, Marquis de Lafayette.


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