Virginia Beach: One of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States, Virginia Beach was where the first English colonists came ashore in the New World.

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Peanuts grow by the hundreds of acres south of the James River. Suffolk is home of the Planters company, whose emblem is the monocled Mr. Peanut.

Have some ham. Little Smithfield is home of big Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork processor and hog producer.

Lots of beer is brewed at Anheuser-Busch in James City County.

For sippers, there's Williamsburg Winery in James City County.

Tobacco turned 17th-century Jamestown into a financial success. Small towns like Urbanna and Yorktown were once the ports where casks of tobacco were rolled to waiting ships.

Oysters, crabs and fish, although the numbers are diminished, still play a role in our economy, culture and cuisine.

Gloucester holds a festival honoring daffodils every year because the perennials used to be a major cash crop on the Middle Peninsula.

Laser printers and copier machines come off the assembly line at the Canon Virginia plant in Newport News.

Peace Frogs, the clothes and gear bearing an appealing amphibian, come from a company headquartered in Gloucester County.

One of the Chesapeake Bay's most popular small racing sailboats, the Hampton One Design, was designed and first built here in 1935.

Warships have been launched since 1898 at the shipyard in Newport News, where they are now most notably the Navy's sole supplier of nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines.