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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Scratch Hill, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Scratch Hill and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Scratch Hill:
    • 32.444861, -88.264472
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Scratch Hill
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Curious and Interesting Names Near Scratch Hill ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Brewersville [Sumter County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brewersville
    • Brewersville [Sumter County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Scratch Hill
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brewersville
  • Charles [Sumter County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Charles
    • Charles [Sumter County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Scratch Hill
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Charles have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Charles
  • Cuba [Sumter County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cuba
    • Cuba [Sumter County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Scratch Hill
    • Former name for Cuba: Cuba Station
    • Estimated population in 2019: 290 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cuba
  • Derby [Sumter County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Derby
    • Derby [Sumter County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Scratch Hill
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Derby
  • Continue List   (5 more) ...
    • Dove [Sumter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dove
      • Dove [Sumter County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Scratch Hill
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dove
    • Intercourse [Sumter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Intercourse
      • Intercourse [Sumter County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Scratch Hill
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Intercourse
    • Moore Town [Sumter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moore Town
      • Moore Town [Sumter County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Scratch Hill
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moore Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moore Town
    • Standard [Sumter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Standard
      • Standard [Sumter County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Scratch Hill
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Standard have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Standard
    • Zion Hill [Sumter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zion Hill
      • Zion Hill [Sumter County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Scratch Hill
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Zion Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zion Hill

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Scratch Hill. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

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    • Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, Sr.     (Social reformer)
      • Social reformer. He was born in Linden (Alabama) on Thursday March 11, 1926 and died in Atlanta (Georgia) on Tueday April 17, 1990 at the age of 64. He is buried at Lincoln Cemetery (Fulton County, Georgia).
      • Linden is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the east of Scratch Hill.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, Sr.<3>
    • William Havon 'Bill' Bruton     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Lisman (Alabama) on Tueday December 22, 1925 and died in Marshallton (Delaware) on Tueday December 5, 1995 at the age of 70. He is buried at Gracelawn Memorial Park (New Castle County, Delaware).
      • Lisman is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the south of Scratch Hill.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Havon 'Bill' Bruton<3>
    • Paul Lavon Davis     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Meridian (Mississippi) on Wednesday April 21, 1948 and died in Meridian (Mississippi) on Tueday April 22, 2008 at the age of 60. He is buried at Magnolia Cemetery (Lauderdale County, Mississippi).
      • Meridian is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Scratch Hill.
      • Meridian is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Scratch Hill.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Lavon Davis<3>
    • John Christopher 'Chris' Ethridge     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Meridian (Mississippi) on Monday February 10, 1947 and died in Meridian (Mississippi) on Monday April 23, 2012 at the age of 65. He is buried at Magnolia Cemetery (Lauderdale County, Mississippi).
      • Meridian is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Scratch Hill.
      • Meridian is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Scratch Hill.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Christopher 'Chris' Ethridge<3>
    • Donald Eric 'Boob' McNair     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Meridian (Mississippi) on Monday April 12, 1909 and died in Meridian (Mississippi) on Friday March 11, 1949 at the age of 39. He is buried at Magnolia Cemetery (Lauderdale County, Mississippi).
      • Meridian is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Scratch Hill.
      • Meridian is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Scratch Hill.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Donald Eric 'Boob' McNair<3>
    • David Ruffin     (Singer)
      • Singer. He was born in Meridian (Mississippi) on Saturday January 18, 1941 and died in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) on Saturday June 1, 1991 at the age of 50. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Wayne County, Michigan).
      • Meridian is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Scratch Hill.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: David Ruffin<3>
    • James 'Skeeter' Webb     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Meridian (Mississippi) on Thursday November 4, 1909 and died in Meridian (Mississippi) on Tueday July 8, 1986 at the age of 76. He is buried at Magnolia Cemetery (Lauderdale County, Mississippi).
      • Meridian is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Scratch Hill.
      • Meridian is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Scratch Hill.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James 'Skeeter' Webb<3>
    • Bobby Ray Williams     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Geiger (Alabama) on Saturday February 28, 1942 and died in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) on Sunday August 5, 2012 at the age of 70. He is buried at Wyuka Cemetery (Lancaster County, Nebraska).
      • Geiger is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of Scratch Hill.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bobby Ray Williams<3>
    • Al Wilson     (Singer)
      • Singer. He was born in Meridian (Mississippi) on Monday June 19, 1939 and died in Fontana (California) on Monday April 21, 2008 at the age of 68. He is buried at Evergreen Memorial Park (Riverside County, California).
      • Meridian is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Scratch Hill.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Al Wilson<3>

How Far From Scratch Hill to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Scratch Hill to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Scratch Hill and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Livingston, which is the Seat of Sumter County and lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Scratch Hill to Livingston, with an average speed<4> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
    • Montgomery, which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 114 miles [183.5 km] to the east (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 770 miles [1,239.2 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 30 days and walking would take 44 days.
    • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,664 miles [10,724.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,373 miles [11,865.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,249 miles [8,447.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Scratch Hill. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alabama: https://www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Scratch Hill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Scratch Hill. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4449, Longitude: -88.2645       In this case, the coordinates for Scratch Hill have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<4>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<5>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Scratch Hill to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 314.481 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.071 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.096 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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