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How the Stories of Virginia Shaped America

The United States is one of the oldest modern democracies in the world, the blueprint of which started here in Virginia in 1619. Virginia is also the birthplace of our country's first college, also established in 1619, and Mary Draper Ingles, a brave pioneer woman who survived seemingly insurmountable odds on the early frontier. It is home to Battersea Estate, a 250-year-old home representing our nations’ rich cultural history and heritage. Take a look inside to learn more about how the unique stories of Virginia have shaped and molded our American politics, culture and landscape over the years. Cover photo credit: smilla4 via Flickr.

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    Mary Draper Ingles

    Mary Draper Ingles

    Dragged from her home, Mary Draper Ingles found a way to escape, survive, and thrive on frontier

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    Battersea Estate

    Battersea Estate

    The 250-year-old Battersea Estate represents our nations’ rich cultural history and heritage

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    College of Henrico

    College of Henrico

    In 1619, the College of Henrico became the first educational institution officially founded in the U.S.

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