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Virginia is for Valentine's Day Trivia Lovers
Posted on February 1, 2020 7:00 AM by Mary Cheston
Categories: General
Usually we like to feature items about New Town entertainment or events for the February Valentine season, but this year we’re branching out to share a bit of Virginia Valentine history that you may be less familiar with. After all, Valentine’s Day is the start of a long 2020 weekend, so why not explore things out of the area?
Valentines, Virginia – Did you know that there is a community called Valentines (in Brunswick County) where you can get your special valentines hand-postmarked for February 14? Other states may have their “Santa Claus,” “North Pole” or “Bethlehem”, but Virginia has Valentines. The town started a heart-shaped postmark after World War II that is still in use. So history buffs and philatelists, you have a new spot to visit – Here’s more about this unique Virginia tradition in Richmond's Style Weekly
The Valentine Museum, Richmond- Located in downtown Richmond, The Valentine is a center for exploring the extensive history of the city of Richmond. Named for sculptor Edward V. Valentine, the museum features his restored sculpture studio. The Valentine also includes a National Historic Landmark, the Wickham House, a 19th century urban mansion that preserves some of the upstairs/downstairs life of the 1800’s and a new First Freedom Center, dedicated to the history of religious freedom in Virginia. From April to October, The Valentine is the starting point for a variety of walking tours of the City of Richmond.
Valentine Puzzles in Colonial Williamsburg- In 1768 valentines appeared in print in the Virginia Gazette in the form of acrostic puzzles praising the virtues of area ladies.  Many of these women subsequently married the author of their ode. "I have sometimes observed, with great pleasure, that your paper is become the channel for lovers to celebrate their particular favorites," a Norfolk subscriber wrote.
Perhaps instead of giving roses or chocolates, some New Town poets among us would like to revitalize this practice for their special valentine this year.
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