Jamestown: Founded in 1607, Jamestown was America's first permanent English colony.

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 many U.S. 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.

Hampton Roads: Site of the first battle between ironclad warships, the Monitor and the Virginia (also known as the Merrimack). Now used as the regional name for the area that stretches from Virginia Beach in the south to Mathews County in the north.

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.

Things

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 pork processor and hog producer.

Lots of beer is brewed at Anheuser-Busch InBev in James City County.

For sippers, there's Williamsburg Winery 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.

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 printer cartridges and custom manufactured products come off the assembly line at the Canon Virginia plant in Newport News.

Peace Frogs, the 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.

Ships have been launched since 1898 at the shipyard in Newport News, where they are now most notably the Navy's sole supplier of nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines.