Virginia

Discover Virginia Automotive Museums, Events, and History.

Discover Virginia Automotive Museums, Events, and History.

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VIRGINIA

Virginia, a southeastern U.S. state, stretches from the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains, with a long Atlantic coastline. It’s one of the 13 original colonies, with historic landmarks including Monticello, founding father Thomas Jefferson’s iconic Charlottesville plantation. The Jamestown Settlement and Colonial Williamsburg are living-history museums reenacting Colonial and Revolutionary-era life.

AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY

You may not think of Virginia has a birthplace of automobiles but in Richmond, VA in 1896, Wood & Meagher built a prototype gas-propelled motor carriage. In 1901, George Dawson in Waynesboro, made a steam-powered vehicle called the Dawson. Then in 1902 R.W. Coffee & Sons, makers of heavy machinery, gas engines and transmission gears, developed a 1-cylinder, 12-horsepower touring car. They entered their car in a 100-mile endurance test from New York City to South Port, Conn. The car was unable to finish the competition, but a New Yorker purchased it and used it as a taxi for years.

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