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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 Simsbury, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Simsbury 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 Simsbury:
    • 41.870459, -72.804180
    • 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 Simsbury
  • 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 Simsbury ...

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.

  • Barber Corner [Hartford County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Barber Corner
    • Barber Corner [Hartford County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Simsbury
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Barber Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Birchwood [Hartford County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Birchwood
    • Birchwood [Hartford County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Simsbury
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Birchwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Birchwood
  • Case Corner [Hartford County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Case Corner
    • Case Corner [Hartford County] was located 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Simsbury
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Case Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Cherry Park [Hartford County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cherry Park
    • Cherry Park [Hartford County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Simsbury
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cherry Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cherry Park
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    • Cottage Grove [Hartford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottage Grove
      • Cottage Grove [Hartford County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Simsbury
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cottage Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottage Grove
    • Firetown [Hartford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Firetown
      • Firetown [Hartford County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of Simsbury
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Firetown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Firetown
    • Floydville [Hartford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Floydville
      • Floydville [Hartford County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Simsbury
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Floydville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Floydville
    • Meadowgate [Hartford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meadowgate
      • Meadowgate [Hartford County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Simsbury
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meadowgate have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meadowgate
    • Mechanicsville [Hartford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mechanicsville
      • Mechanicsville [Hartford County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Simsbury
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mechanicsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mechanicsville
    • Rainbow [Hartford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rainbow
      • Rainbow [Hartford County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Simsbury
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rainbow have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rainbow
    • Salmon Brook [Hartford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salmon Brook
      • Salmon Brook [Hartford County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Simsbury
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salmon Brook
    • Spoonville [Hartford County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spoonville
      • Spoonville [Hartford County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Simsbury
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spoonville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Tariffville [Hartford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tariffville
      • Tariffville [Hartford County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Simsbury
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tariffville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tariffville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tariffville<3>
    • Tootin' Hills [Hartford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tootin' Hills
      • Tootin' Hills [Hartford County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Simsbury
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tootin' Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tootin' Hills
    • Windmill Springs [Hartford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Windmill Springs
      • Windmill Springs [Hartford County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Simsbury
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Windmill Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Windmill Springs

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 Simsbury. 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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    • Astrid Allwyn     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in Manchester (Connecticut) on Monday November 27, 1905 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday March 31, 1978 at the age of 72. She is buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Manchester is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast of Simsbury.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Astrid Allwyn<4>
    • Robert Ames     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Hartford (Connecticut) on Saturday March 23, 1889 and died in New York (New York) on Friday November 27, 1931 at the age of 42. He is buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery (Hartford County, Connecticut).
      • Hartford is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast of Simsbury.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Ames<4>
    • Peter William Appleton     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Terryville (Connecticut) on Friday May 20, 1904 and died in Trenton (New Jersey) on Friday January 18, 1974 at the age of 69. He is buried at St. Gertrudes Cemetery (Middlesex County, New Jersey).
      • Terryville is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest of Simsbury.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Peter William Appleton<4>
    • Delia Salter Bacon     (Author)
      • Author. She was born in Tallmadge (Ohio) on Saturday February 2, 1811 and died in Hartford (Connecticut) on Friday September 2, 1859 at the age of 48. She is buried at Grove Street Cemetery (New Haven County, Connecticut).
      • Hartford is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast of Simsbury.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Delia Salter Bacon<4>
    • John Joseph 'Jack' Barry     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Meriden (Connecticut) on Tueday April 26, 1887 and died in Shrewsbury (Massachusetts) on Sunday April 23, 1961 at the age of 74. He is buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery (New Haven County, Connecticut).
      • Meriden is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the south of Simsbury.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Joseph 'Jack' Barry<4>
    • Christopher 'Battling' Battalino     (Professional boxer)
      • Professional boxer. He was born in Hartford (Connecticut) on Tueday February 18, 1908 and died in Hartford (Connecticut) on Monday July 25, 1977 at the age of 69. He is buried at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery (Hartford County, Connecticut).
      • Hartford is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast of Simsbury.
      • Hartford is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast of Simsbury.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Christopher 'Battling' Battalino<4>
    • James Goodwin Batterson     (Architect)
      • Architect. He was born in Bloomfield (Connecticut) on Sunday February 23, 1823 and died in Bloomfield (Connecticut) on Wednesday September 18, 1901 at the age of 78. He is buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery (Hartford County, Connecticut).
      • Bloomfield is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Simsbury.
      • Bloomfield is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Simsbury.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Goodwin Batterson<4>
    • Marion Eugenie Bauer     (Composer, author)
      • Composer, author. She was born in Walla Walla (Washington) on Tueday August 15, 1882 and died in South Hadley (Massachusetts) on Tueday August 9, 1955 at the age of 73. She is buried at Kensico Cemetery (Westchester County, New York).
      • South Hadley is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the northeast of Simsbury.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marion Eugenie Bauer<4>
    • Edward James 'Ed' Begley, Sr.     (Actor)
    • Donald Joseph Bevan     (Playwright, screenwriter, artist)
      • Playwright, screenwriter, artist. He was born in Holyoke (Massachusetts) on Friday January 16, 1920 and died in Studio City (California) on Wednesday May 29, 2013 at the age of 93. He is buried at Riverside National Cemetery (Riverside County, California).
      • Holyoke is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of Simsbury.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Donald Joseph Bevan<4>
    • Marilyn Borden     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in Hartford (Connecticut) on Sunday May 29, 1932 and died in Modesto (California) on Wednesday March 25, 2009 at the age of 76.
      • Hartford is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast of Simsbury.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marilyn Borden<4>
    • Rosalyn 'Roz' Borden     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in Hartford (Connecticut) on Sunday May 29, 1932 and died in Modesto (California) on Thursday January 23, 2003 at the age of 70.
      • Hartford is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast of Simsbury.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rosalyn 'Roz' Borden<4>
    • John Bray     (Animator)
      • Animator. He was born in Adrian (Michigan) on Monday August 25, 1879 and died in Hartford (Connecticut) on Tueday October 10, 1978 at the age of 99. He is buried at Bray Cemetery (Lincoln County, Missouri).
      • Hartford is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast of Simsbury.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Bray<4>

How Far From Simsbury 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 Simsbury to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Hartford, which is the State Capital of Connecticut, lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast (SE). If you could walk a straight line from Simsbury to Hartford, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 302 miles [486 km] to the southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 18 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,596 miles [9,005.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,305 miles [10,146.9 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,181 miles [6,728.7 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Connecticut

About Hartford County

About Connecticut

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Simsbury: www.townofsimsbury.com/

The official website for State of Connecticut: https://portal.ct.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Simsbury) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Simsbury. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Simsbury

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Simsbury. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.8705, Longitude: -72.8042    
<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>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Simsbury to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 305.089 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 300.743 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 301.596 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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