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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 Billerica, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Billerica 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 Billerica:
    • 42.559608, -71.26913
    • 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 Billerica
  • 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 Billerica ...

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.

  • Centralville [Middlesex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Centralville
    • Centralville [Middlesex County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Billerica
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Centralville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Centralville
  • Countryside [Middlesex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Countryside
    • Countryside [Middlesex County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Billerica
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Countryside have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Countryside
  • Fox Hill [Middlesex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fox Hill
    • Fox Hill [Middlesex County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Billerica
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fox Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fox Hill
  • Havenville [Middlesex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Havenville
    • Havenville [Middlesex County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Billerica
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Havenville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Havenville
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    • Middlesex Village [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Middlesex Village
      • Middlesex Village [Middlesex County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Billerica
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Middlesex Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Middlesex Village
    • Nutting Lake [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nutting Lake
      • Nutting Lake [Middlesex County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Billerica
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nutting Lake
    • Plain [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plain
      • Plain [Middlesex County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Billerica
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plain have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plain
    • Reading Highlands [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reading Highlands
      • Reading Highlands [Middlesex County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Billerica
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reading Highlands have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reading Highlands
    • Shaker Glen [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shaker Glen
      • Shaker Glen [Middlesex County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Billerica
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shaker Glen have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shaker Glen
    • Shakerhill [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shakerhill
      • Shakerhill [Middlesex County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Billerica
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shakerhill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shakerhill
    • Silver Lake [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silver Lake
      • Silver Lake [Middlesex County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Billerica
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silver Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silver Lake
    • Walnut Hill [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Walnut Hill
      • Walnut Hill [Middlesex County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Billerica
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Walnut Hill
    • Woods Corner [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woods Corner
      • Woods Corner [Middlesex County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Billerica
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woods Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woods Corner

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 Billerica. 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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    • Abigail Adams     (Wife and First lady to the Presidency of John Adams (1797 - 1801))
      • Wife and First lady to the Presidency of John Adams (1797 - 1801). She was born in Weymouth (MA) on November 22, 1744 (a Sunday) and died in Quincy (MA) on October 28, 1818 (a Wednesday) at the age of 73.
      • Weymouth is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Billerica.
      • Quincy is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southeast of Billerica.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Abigail Adams<3>
    • Edwin Adams     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Medford (MA) on February 3, 1834 (a Monday) and died in Philadelphia (PA) on October 28, 1877 (a Sunday) at the age of 43. He is buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery (Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania).
      • Medford is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast of Billerica.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edwin Adams<3>
    • Hannah Adams     (Author)
      • Author. She was born in Medford (MA) on October 2, 1755 (a Thursday) and died in Brookline (MA) on December 15, 1831 (a Thursday) at the age of 76. She is buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts).
      • Medford is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast of Billerica.
      • Brookline is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast of Billerica.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hannah Adams<3>
    • John Adams     (2nd President of the US (1797 - 1801))
      • Full name: John Edmund Adams
      • 2nd President of the US (1797 - 1801). He was born in Braintree (MA) on October 30, 1735 (a Sunday) and died in Quincy (MA) on July 4, 1826 (a Tueday) at the age of 90.
      • Braintree is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southeast of Billerica.
      • Quincy is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southeast of Billerica.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Adams<3>
    • John Quincy Adams     (6th President of the US (1825 - 1829))
      • 6th President of the US (1825 - 1829). He was born in Braintree (MA) on July 11, 1767 (a Saturday) and died in Washington, DC on February 23, 1848 (a Wednesday) at the age of 80.
      • Braintree is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southeast of Billerica.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Quincy Adams<3>
    • William Taylor Adams     (Author)
      • Author. He was born in Medway (MA) on July 30, 1822 (a Tueday) and died in Dorchester (MA) on March 27, 1897 (a Saturday) at the age of 74. He is buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery (Suffolk County, Massachusetts).
      • Medway is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the south of Billerica.
      • Dorchester is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast of Billerica.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Taylor Adams<3>
    • Elizabeth Cary Agassiz     (Scientist)
      • Scientist. She was born in Boston (MA) on December 5, 1822 (a Thursday) and died in Arlington (MA) on June 27, 1907 (a Thursday) at the age of 84. She is buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts).
      • Boston is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast of Billerica.
      • Arlington is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast of Billerica.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elizabeth Cary Agassiz<3>
    • Louis Agassiz     (Scientist)
      • Scientist. He was born in Motier (Switzerland) on May 28, 1807 (a Thursday) and died in Cambridge (MA) on December 12, 1873 (a Friday) at the age of 66. He is buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts).
      • Cambridge is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast of Billerica.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Louis Agassiz<3>
    • Harry Agganis     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Lynn (MA) on April 20, 1929 (a Saturday) and died in Cambridge (MA) on June 27, 1955 (a Monday) at the age of 26.
      • Lynn is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Billerica.
      • Cambridge is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast of Billerica.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Agganis<3>
    • Jack Albertson     (Actor, comedian, dancer, singer)
      • Full name: Harold Albertson
      • Actor, comedian, dancer, singer. He was born in Malden (MA) on June 16, 1907 (a Sunday) and died in Hollywood (CA) on November 25, 1981 (a Wednesday) at the age of 74. The body was cremated.
      • Malden is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast of Billerica.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jack Albertson<3>
    • Louisa May Alcott     (Author)
    • Thomas Bailey Aldrich     (Author, poet, editor)
    • Jane Alexander     (Oscar nominated actress, author, former director of the National Endowment of the Arts)
      • Born: Jane Quigley
      • Oscar nominated actress, author, former director of the National Endowment of the Arts. She was born in Boston (MA) on October 28, 1939 (a Saturday)
      • Boston is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast of Billerica.

How Far From Billerica to ...

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Cambridge, which is the Seat of Middlesex County and lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Billerica to Cambridge, with an average speed<4> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
    • Boston, which is the State Capital of Massachusetts, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast (SE). The buggy would take five to six hours and walking would take most of a day.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 393 miles [632.5 km] to the southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of a day, a buggy would take 16 days and walking would take 23 days.
    • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,505 miles [8,859.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,213 miles [9,998.9 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<7>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,089 miles [6,580.6 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Massachusetts

About Middlesex County

About Massachusetts

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Billerica: www.town.billerica.ma.us/

The official website for State of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.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 drawn from Point A (ie- Billerica) 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 Billerica. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from BillericaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Billerica. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.5596, Longitude: -71.2691    
<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 Billerica 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 304.071 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 299.712 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 300.563 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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