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Virginia was platted in 1871, and named after Virginia, the native home of a share of the first settlers. A post office was established at Virginia in 1871, and remained in operation until 1906.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Virginia, Missouri
- "Bates County Place Names, 1928-1945 (archived)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
- "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 1 September 2016.