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Old 10-14-2015, 02:45 PM
 
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Yes. NOVA is the only parts of Virginia that isn't. As a whole though yes it is very southern.
I agree, the northern section (1/3 of the population) is clearly more Northeastern culturally while the remaining 2/3 is Southern (to varying degrees).
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Old 10-14-2015, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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Virginia sits partially in the transitional area between the north and south; in particular the center of the mid-atlantic states.

As a result you will find similarities to the north in the flora and fauna and even climate. Especially in the northern portions of the state. You will also find similarities to northern culture both by transplants and influence from being so close.

That aside Virginia on the whole is in the majority, southern. Once you get to a certain point in the state it rapidly transforms into the south both visually and culturally. This is the larger portion of Virginia. Away from the borders of northern Appalachia and the Maryland/DC/Pennsylvania/Delaware jumble Virginia is much akin to North Carolina, east Tennessee and southern West Virginia.

All things considered I call Virginia a southern state. "Top of the south".
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Old 10-14-2015, 06:30 PM
 
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Northern Virginia is the original New South and is Southern. So is the rest of the commonwealth. Virginia isn't that backwater , snake-handling South though. Never has been, never will be. The accents are all over the place too. The Southern accent is a jumble and no two states sound the same really.
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Old 10-14-2015, 06:36 PM
 
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Northern Virginia is the original New South and is Southern. So is the rest of the commonwealth. Virginia isn't that backwater , snake-handling South though. Never has been, never will be. The accents are all over the place too. The Southern accent is a jumble and no two states sound the same really.
How so? Cities like Atlanta and Birmingham are the epitome of the New South ideology of the Reconstruction era; I've never associated that with northern Virginia in particular.
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Old 10-14-2015, 06:40 PM
 
Location: One of the 13 original colonies.
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Yes, definitely!
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:18 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Northern Virginia - no.

The rest of Virginia - yes for upper south.
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Is all of northern Virginia really that not-southern? Or is it just the 3-4 counties that are part of the DC metro?
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Old 10-15-2015, 12:38 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Overall, Virginia is absolutely a Southern state. It was the capital of the Confederacy, and the culture of the Tidewater was arguably the most dominant culture of the South. The western extension of the Commonwealth is quintessential Central Appalachia as well, similar to southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.

With that said, parts of far northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley vaguely felt like a southward extension of Pennsylvania when I visited, which makes sense, given that the Philadelphia Wagon Road passed through the area. Once you get to Roanoke, though, the culture is unmistakably Southern, versus a blend farther north in the valley.
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Old 10-15-2015, 07:33 AM
 
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My mother was from Northern virginia and its changed alot with a ton of traffic but northern virginia is the home of so many of the FFV (first families of virginia) and so much of the Virginian aristocracy. George Washington , James Madison, you just have to get away from the traffic to the horse and hound country in towns like warrenton and middleburg and parts of loudon county to find that older southern aristocratic culture. Horse country is still very beautiful there but alot of northern virginia can resemble a traffic jam at times
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Old 10-15-2015, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Ohio, USA
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Yes, it's not even arguable.
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