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Virginia Famous

People listed are almost always native to the state. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within a state for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the state in their personal endeavors.


  • Hunter "Patch" Adams activist, diplomat, author
  • Virginia (V.C.) Andrews author
  • Richard Arlen actor
  • Arthur Ashe tennis player
  • William Henry Ashley fur trader, entrepreneur, politician
  • Stephen F. Austin leader of texas independence from mexico, called the "father of texas"
  • Diedrich Bader actor, comedian
  • Pearl Bailey actress, singer
  • Russell Wayne Baker essayist, journalist, biographer
  • Phil Balsley singer
  • Kylene Barker miss america
  • Warren Beatty actor
  • George Caleb Bingham artist
  • Blackstreet music group
  • Dré Bly football player
  • Aaron Brooks football player
  • Ruth Brown singer
  • William Cabell Bruce historian, pulitzer prize winner
  • Abraham Buford Revolutionary War officer
  • Joyce Bulifant actress
  • Sandra Bullock actress
  • Plaxico Burress football player
  • Hilarie Burton actress
  • Jeff Burton automobile racer
  • Ward Burton automobile racer
  • Curtis Bush world champion kickboxer
  • Charlie Byrd musician
  • Richard E. Byrd polar explorer, aviator
  • William Byrd II author, founder richmond, virgina
  • James Branch Cabell author
  • Maybelle Carter singer
  • June Carter Cash singer, songwriter
  • Willa Cather author
  • Spencer Christian television broadcaster
  • George Rogers Clark revolutionary war military leader
  • Roy Clark musician, performer
  • William Clark explorer
  • Henry Clay statesman, orator
  • Clarence Clemons musician
  • Patsy Cline singer
  • LaTasha Colander olympic medalist
  • Stewart Copeland musician
  • Michael Copon actor
  • Joseph Cotten actor
  • William Couper sculptor
  • Katie Couric television host
  • Michael Cuddyer baseball player
  • Ronald Curry football player
  • Wardell Stephen "Dell" Curry basketball player, commentator
  • Virginius Dabney journalist, pulitzer prize winner
  • Colgate Whitehead Darden, Jr. politician
  • Tom Dolan olympic medalist
  • Steve Earle singer, songwriter
  • Jubal Early lawyer, Civil War Confederate general
  • Kenny Easley football player
  • Perry Ellis fashion designer
  • Rob Estes actor
  • Sir Moses Ezekiel sculptor


  • Samuel Face inventor
  • John Facenda broadcaster, sports announcer
  • Frankie Faison actor
  • Ella Fitzgerald singer, first lady of song
  • Five Keys music group
  • Gary Fleder film director
  • Douglas S. Freeman journalist, pulitzer prize winner
  • Stephen Furst actor
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  • Patrick Henry politician, planter, post-colonial governor
  • Samuel "Sam" Houston politician, statesman, soldier, leader of Texas revolution
  • Allen Iverson basketball player
  • Thomas Jefferson u.s. president, patriot, author declaration of independence
  • Courtney Jines actress
  • Henry Jordan football player
  • Todd Eric Kelly football player
  • Shawn Kuykendall soccer player
  • Henrietta Lacks source of cells from cancerous tumor to create an cell line for medical research, known as HeLa cell line
  • Abner Lacock politician
  • Mary Landrieu politician
  • Kara Lawson basketball player
  • Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee leader revolutionary war
  • Robert E. Lee general confederate army
  • William Henry Fitzhugh Lee confederate cavalry general
  • Meriwether Lewis explorer
  • David Macklin football player
  • Shirley MacLaine actress
  • Naomi Long Madgett poet
  • James Madison u. s. president
  • Moses Malone baseball player
  • Aimee Mann musician, singer, songwriter
  • John Marshall statesman, jurist
  • George Mason IV patriot, statesman
  • Matthew Fontaine Maury astrophysicist, oceanographer, meteorologist, cartographer, artist, educator
  • Cyrus Hall McCormick inventor grain reaper
  • Ephraim McDowell physician, "father of abdominal surgery"
  • William McGuffey educator, author "McGuffey Readers"
  • Lewis McKenzie politician, railroad president
  • Mary T. Meagher olympic medalist
  • James Monroe u.s. president

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Virginia Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Parksley Accomack 757
Charlottesville Albemarle 434
Alexandria Alexandria City 703
Clifton Forge Alleghany 540
Amelia Court House Amelia 804
Madison Heights Amherst 434
Appomattox Appomattox 434
Arlington Arlington 703
Stuarts Draft Augusta 540
Hot Springs Bath 540
Forest Bedford 434
Bedford Bedford City 540
Bland Bland 276
Troutville Botetourt 540
Bristol Bristol 276
Lawrenceville Brunswick 434
Grundy Buchanan 276
Scottsville Buckingham 434
Buena Vista Buena Vista City 540
Rustburg Campbell 434
Ruther Glen Caroline 804
Hillsville Carroll 276
Charles City Charles City 804
Keysville Charlotte 434
Charlottesville Charlottesville City 434
Chesapeake Chesapeake City 757
Richmond Chesterfield 804
Berryville Clarke 540
Colonial Heights Colonial Heights City 804
Covington Covington City 540
New Castle Craig 540
Culpeper Culpeper 540
Cumberland Cumberland 804
Danville Danville City 434
Clintwood Dickenson 276
Dinwiddie Dinwiddie 804
Emporia Emporia City 434
Tappahannock Essex 804
Alexandria Fairfax 703
Falls Church Fairfax 703
Springfield Fairfax 703
Fairfax Fairfax 703
Fairfax City Fairfax City 703
Falls Church Falls Church City 703
Warrenton Fauquier 540
Floyd Floyd 540
Palmyra Fluvanna 434
Rocky Mount Franklin 540
Franklin Franklin City 757
Winchester Frederick 540
Fredericksburg Fredericksburg City 540
Galax Galax City 276
Pearisburg Giles 540
Gloucester Gloucester 804
Goochland Goochland 804
Independence Grayson 276
Ruckersville Greene 434
Jarratt Greensville 434
South Boston Halifax 434
Hampton Hampton City 757
Mechanicsville Hanover 804
Harrisonburg Harrisonburg City 540
Henrico Henrico 804
Martinsville Henry 276
Monterey Highland 540
Hopewell Hopewell City 804
Smithfield Isle of Wight 757
Williamsburg James City 757
Saint Stephens Church King and Queen 804
King George King George 540
Aylett King William 804
Lancaster Lancaster 804
Jonesville Lee 276
Lexington Lexington City 540
Ashburn Loudoun 703
Louisa Louisa 540
Victoria Lunenburg 434
Lynchburg Lynchburg City 434
Madison Madison 540
Manassas Manassas City 703
Manassas Park Manassas Park City 703
Martinsville City Martinsville City 276
Mathews Mathews 804
South Hill Mecklenburg 434
Saluda Middlesex 804
Blacksburg Montgomery 540
Afton Nelson 540
Quinton New Kent 804
Newport News Newport News City 757
Norfolk Norfolk City 757
Cape Charles Northampton 757
Heathsville Northumberland 804
Norton Norton City 276
Blackstone Nottoway 434
Locust Grove Orange 540
Luray Page 540
Stuart Patrick 276
Petersburg Petersburg City 804
Chatham Pittsylvania 434
Poquoson Poquoson City 757
Portsmouth Portsmouth City 757
Powhatan Powhatan 804
Farmville Prince Edward 434
Prince George Prince George 804
Manassas Prince William 703
Woodbridge Prince William 703
Pulaski Pulaski 540
Radford Radford City 540
Sperryville Rappahannock 540
Warsaw Richmond 804
Richmond Richmond City 804
Roanoke Roanoke 540
Roanoke Roanoke City 540
Raphine Rockbridge 540
Elkton Rockingham 540
Lebanon Russell 276
Salem Salem 540
Gate City Scott 276
Strasburg Shenandoah 540
Marion Smyth 276
Courtland Southampton 757
Fredericksburg Spotsylvania 540
Stafford Stafford 540
Staunton Staunton City 540
Suffolk Suffolk City 757
Surry Surry 757
Waverly Sussex 804
Bluefield Tazewell 276
Virginia Beach Virginia Beach City 757
Front Royal Warren 540
Abingdon Washington 276
Waynesboro Waynesboro City 540
Colonial Beach Westmoreland 804
Williamsburg Williamsburg City 757
Winchester Winchester City 540
Big Stone Gap Wise 276
Wytheville Wythe 276
Yorktown York 757

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