Atlantic Coast Observer Network (ACON) VA/NC/SC
Find monthly historical weather data for Virginia going back to 1995.
Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin
Information about the basin's water supply, environment and wildlife.
Physiographic Provinces of Virginia
Maps and descriptions from Radford University.
University of Virginia Climatology Office
Provides weather advisories as well as information on snowfall, drought, lightning, fall foliage displays and other aspects of Virginia's climate.
Absentee and Early Voting
Instructions, requirements and deadlines for voting absentee by mail (requires an application) and for in-person early voting (no application required). You do not need a reason to vote absentee, but you must be a registered voter. Includes information on how to track the status of your mailed absentee ballot.
Information on accessible voter registration, voting options and polling places.
Register to vote or access your Virginia voter record to update your registration, apply to vote absentee, and view your polling place, election district, absentee ballot status and voting history.
Candidates & Referendums
See a list of candidates running for office and read the text of any questions that will appear on the ballot in upcoming elections once they are certified by the Board of Elections.
Find the results of the latest election or view historical results.
IDs Required to Vote
Virginia law requires you to show one acceptable ID to vote.
Military and Overseas Citizens
Instructions for applying for an absentee ballot.
Register to Vote
Information on who can register to vote, registration deadlines, and instructions on how to register either online or on paper using the Virginia Voter Registration Application Form, which can be submitted in person or by mail. Forms are also available in Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.
See elections, special elections and important voter deadlines.
Where Do I Vote?
Use the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal to find your polling location, election district and more.
Each site provides information on elections, the voting process and polling locations.
Voting Early: Absentee by Mail / Absentee in Person
Includes options to track the status of your mailed absentee ballot.
Includes important voter deadlines.
Also available in Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.
An interactive mapping application that allows users to find information related to addresses in Fairfax County, including elected officials (local, state, and federal), voting precinct and polling place. To begin, enter an address in the box and click Search.
Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)
Voting assistance for service members, their families and overseas citizens. A program of the US Department of Defense.
National Mail Voter Registration Form
Available in 15 languages, this form can be used to register U.S. citizens to vote, to update registration information due to a change of name, to make a change of address or to register with a political party. Important: You must follow the state-specific instructions listed for your state. Provided by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
Vote411 Voter Guide
The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. Their voters' guides, which become available just prior to an election, include candidates' biographical information and responses to questions on the issues. The league also produces Facts for Voters, an annual brochure of government officials, agencies and services with contact information.
Legislative Information System (LIS)
A single source for timely and complete materials about the ongoing work of legislative committees and the General Assembly members. LIS offers online access to the full text of every introduced bill and resolution. The system also displays updated history, amendments, and votes for each bill and resolution.
Who's My Legislator
A quick way to find out who your Virginia state delegate, state senator and congressional legislators are by typing in your mailing address. Provided by the Virginia General Assembly. Includes contact information.
The official Commonwealth of Virginia home page. Sections of particular interest include the following:
Emblems and Symbols of Virginia
Information on the state bird, flower, tree, flag, seal, etc.
Report of the Secretary of the Commonwealth (Bluebook)
Issued each January, the report lists all departments, boards and commissions in the commonwealth; their purpose, powers and duties; all gubernatorial appointments; and more.
State Agencies, Boards, Commissions and Councils
An alphabetical list of Virginia government agencies. Use the "Refine" option to narrow your results or find a specific agency.
"A valuable tool for exploring the people, history, government, economy and culture of Virginia" from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Index to Virginia Cavalcade Magazine
A subject and author index to Virginia Cavalcade, an illustrated magazine of Virginia history and culture published by the Library of Virginia from 1951 to 2002. Virginia Cavalcade's brief, yet authoritative, articles depict Virginia history from the age of exploration to the mid-twentieth century, and are useful for students. Reference and circulating copies of the magazine are available in the Virginia Room.
Library of Virginia
The Library of Virginia's digital collection includes various resources including maps, newspapers and photographs. Their Document Bank of Virginia (DBVa) provides primary documents useful for students studying history.
African American Heritage in Virginia
A tourism-friendly guide to African American heritage in Virginia since Jamestown, including information about historic landmarks, neighborhoods and museums by region.
African American History Sites
The Library of Virginia’s guide to research material regarding African American history in Virginia includes links to primary source material.
Dictionary of Virginia Biography
Search the DVB biographies with specialized lists or by name, time period, occupation, birthplace or other criteria. Links to the full-text biographical articles are provided where available. Produced by the Library of Virginia. A reference copy of the multivolume DLB is available in the Virginia Room.
Famous and Historical Virginians
Links to biographies of notable educators and inventors and historical Virginians from the colonial period through the 20th century. Provided by the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
Presidents and First Ladies from Virginia
The Dolley Madison Project
The life, letters and legacy of Dolley Madison. Includes pictures and a timeline.
James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland
The website for James Monroe's home includes biographical information and a tour of the home.
Sherwood Forest Plantation
John Tyler, the 10th president, and his home. The site includes a virtual tour and genealogical information.
George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress
The world's largest collection of Washington papers. Document types include letters, diaries, accounts, military and governmental records and reports, and notes accumulated by Washington from 1741 to 1799. The collection is fully searchable by keyword. Indexing is linked to document images.
Historic Mount Vernon
Take a virtual tour of the home, the grounds and excavation sites; learn about George Washington, and find out more details about visiting Mount Vernon.
The Papers of George Washington
The George Washington Papers project at the University of Virginia provides images, FAQs, maps and all manner of information on Washington and his era.
Woodrow Wilson Birthplace
The Staunton, Virginia birthplace of the 28th president.
American Civil War Museum
Includes the Museum of the Confederacy — Appomattox, which houses the world's largest collection of Confederate military and civilian artifacts.
Civil War Resources from the Virginia Military Institute Archives
Includes a historical roster of students from 1839-1911, a photo archive of student portraits and a guide to manuscripts.
Civil War Traveler
Information on Civil War sites in Virginia and other states. Includes maps, events and many details about places in Fairfax County.
View the Smithsonian's collection of Civil War artifacts. The site includes historical information, a timeline and a bibliography.
Alexandria's Fort Ward was one of a ring of Union forts built to protect Washington during the Civil War.
Richmond Daily Dispatch, 1861 - 1865
A searchable index linked to full-text articles. Includes news from Fairfax and Northern Virginia. Provided by the University of Richmond, Boatwright Memorial Library.
The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War
This site compares a Northern and Southern community during the civil war using a digital archive of primary sources, including maps, photographs and letters. The Valley Project is a part of the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia.
The official site has information for tourists, students and teachers. Among its interesting features are facts about Colonial Williamsburg's historic trades and crafts, tours of its buildings and sites, and an index and selected articles from Trend & Tradition (formerly Colonial Williamsburg Journal).
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Digital Library
Search and view a digitized collection of rare books, manuscripts and original research reports from the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library. The highlight is an index to The Virginia Gazette (published 1736-1780) linked to images of more than 8,000 pages of the newspaper. The digital library also includes the Williamsburg Research Report Series, a manuscript collection and selected York County probate inventories.
Study Jamestown's history, leaders and government. Includes a lengthy list of Virginia colonial ancestors.
This site from the University of Virginia includes information on Jamestown settlers and the Virginia Company, maps, muster rolls and more.
Claude Moore Colonial Farm
A local living history museum of life on a small Virginia farm in 1771.
Fairfax Station Railroad Museum
The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum includes history of the surrounding neighborhood, historic St. Mary's church and Clara Barton.
Great Falls Park
Great Falls Park includes waterfalls, the historic Patowmack Canal site and nature trails.
Gunston Hall Plantation
The plantation home of patriot George Mason. The site includes a genealogy of the Mason family.
Lucy Burns Museum and Workhouse Arts Center
The Lucy Burns Museum and Workhouse Arts Center are built on the site of the former Lorton Workhouse Prison. The Museum illuminates 91 years of prison history, including the story of the suffragists and other civil rights leaders who were imprisoned there.
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
The site includes the former home of Maggie Walker, complete with most of the original furnishings. Walker was a community leader, entrepreneur, and the first African American woman in the United States to found a bank. The website includes a virtual tour of the home.
The museum features exhibits that interpret Northern Virginia Piedmont history through artifacts, documents and images. The site includes a link to information about the Manassas Industrial School / Jennie Dean Memorial.
A Frank Lloyd Wright house on the grounds of the Woodlawn Plantation.
Stratford Hall Plantation
Visit the Lee family home. Includes a special section for students.
Virginia Department of Historic Resources
The DHR administers the Virginia Landmarks Register of properties listed on the state and national registers of historic landmarks, and historical highway markers for the entire state of Virginia. Site also includes information on how to nominate new historic sites and markers.
The Federal era home of Eleanor "Nelly" Custis Lewis, granddaughter of Martha Washington.
Federal Election Commission — Campaign Finance Data
See how candidates and committees raise and spend money in federal elections.
Follow the Money
A searchable database from the Institute on Money in State Politics, a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization studying campaign finance at the state level. Includes data on state-level candidates, judicial elections, ballot measures, party committees and contributors.
Virginia Public Access Project
This comprehensive, nonpartisan resource about money in Virginia state and local politics uses data from the Virginia Department of Elections. It includes candidate profiles and information on lobbyists.
Virginia Department of Elections — Campaign Finance Reports
View the financial disclosure reports of political committees in Virginia.
According to the Virginia Department of Elections, "Virginia recognizes only two political parties: Democrats and Republicans. All other party organizations are required to register as Political Action Committees."
Types of Political Committees
Produced by the Virginia Department of Elections.
See also more Statistics websites.
Northern Virginia Demographics
Access to the full text of Northern Virginia Databook, which is a leading source for current and historical local demographic information; census information; and links to other demographic sources. Provided by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission.
Demographic information compiled by the Demographics Research Group of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia.
Virginia Labor Market Information
Employment and economic statistics from the Virginia Employment Commission.
Virginia QuickFacts from the U.S. Census Bureau
View census data for Virginia or any of its counties or cities.