OMG, mtngirl--Virginia is one of the original 13 colonies.
IT is considered "The Old South", while Mississippi is considered "The Deep South." Tobacco growers destroyed their farmland--tobacco is a HUGE feeder crop, next is corn, next is cotton--so they abandoned farms and moved south and west to the "Deep South." Then, they destroyed their soil growing cotton. (Apple doesn't fall far from the tree.) Funny, all they needed was animal manure to fix it, just like Washington and Jefferson wrote about and did on THEIR land. (Sorry...preaching...)
Here's some trivia. Gold was the impetus for Spain, Britain and France to conquer the North American continent.
The saying, "There's gold in them thar hills" refers to the gold rush in Georgia, NOT California or Colorado. North Georgia Gold Rush-1828
Also, the mine in Lead, SD continues to pump out gold daily. AND, a few years ago on vacation I witnessed some mining company outside of Deadwood (SD) removing an entire mountain to get to the gold.
...something else... **Corporal shakes head**
Sorry, the only trivia about TN I know is that it is called, "The Volunteer State." Beautiful to drive through, too. =D