Nathaniel Bacon led a revolt against Virginia's royal governor in 1676.
The pirate Blackbeard's head was put on a pole in Hampton after he was killed in 1718.
George Washington's victory at Yorktown cemented him as the man who would go on to become our first president.
Ben Butler, the Federal commander here early in the Civil War, declared that runaway slaves could be kept as "contraband of war" (and, presumably, then be freed). His decision led the Union on its way to emancipation.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis was jailed at Fort Monroe after the Civil War.
Robert R. Moton, who followed Booker T. Washington as head of Tuskegee, retired to a home on the banks of the York River in Gloucester, where his wife was reared.
Walter Reed, an army physician from Gloucester, discovered that yellow fever was transmitted by mosquitoes.
Ella Fitzgerald, right, and Pearl Bailey, both world-renowned entertainers, were born in Newport News in 1918.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur is entombed in a Norfolk memorial and Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller is buried in Middlesex.
Irene Morgan, a Gloucester African-American, was arrested in Saluda for refusing to move to the back of a bus for a white couple in 1944, 11 years before Rosa Parks' similar action. The case led to the first Supreme Court decision overturning a segregation law involving transportation.
Glenn Close, theater and movie star, attended the College of William and Mary and starred in several productions there in the 1970s.
Marcel Desaulniers, co-founder and executive chef of The Trellis restaurant in Williamsburg, has award-winning cookbooks that have brought his creations, such as the tempting Death by Chocolate, to international fame.
Bruce Hornsby, another native son of Williamsburg, has had hits with songs like "The Way It Is."
Jamestown: Founded in 1607, Jamestown was America's first permanent English colony. There will be a big celebration marking the 400th anniversary next year.
Williamsburg: Home of the College of William and Mary and the capital of Virginia from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was restored beginning in 1926. Notable visitors to Williamsburg include presidents and heads-of-state.
Yorktown: The site of one of the most decisive battles of the American Revolution. On Oct. 19, 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrendered to the Americans and French after being defeated by Gen. George Washington.
Chesapeake Bay: The largest estuary in the United States, the bay stretches about 200 miles from Havre de Grace, Md. to Norfolk and includes two of the five major North Atlantic ports in the United States.
Virginia Beach: One of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States, Virginia Beach was where the first English colonists came ashore in the New World.
Peanuts grow by the hundreds of acres south of the James River. Suffolk is home of the Planters company, whose emblem is the monocled Mr. Peanut.
Have some ham. Little Smithfield is home of big Smithfield Foods, the world's largest hog processor and fifth-largest beef processor in the United States.
Lots of beer is brewed at Anheuser-Busch in James City County.
Tobacco turned 17th-century Jamestown into a financial success. Small towns like Urbanna and Yorktown were once the ports where casks of tobacco were rolled to waiting ships.
F-series pickups roll off the assembly line at Ford Motor Co.'s Norfolk assembly plant.
Oysters, crabs and fish, although the numbers are diminished, still play a role in our economy, culture and cuisine.
Gloucester holds a festival honoring daffodils every year because the perennials used to be a major cash crop on the Middle Peninsula.
Laser printers and copier machines come off the assembly line at the Canon Virginia plant in Newport News.
Peace Frogs - clothes and gear bearing an appealing amphibian - come from a company headquartered in Gloucester County.
One of the Chesapeake Bay's most popular small racing sailboats, the Hampton One Design, was designed and first built here in 1935.
Warships have been launched at the shipyard in Newport News since 1898.