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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 Braintree, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Braintree 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 Braintree:
    • 42.223687, -71.001577
    • 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 Braintree
  • 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

Communities Also Named Braintree ...

We have found one communities that share the name Braintree.

Within Massachusetts, the name Braintree is unique.

Beyond Massachusetts, there is another community also named Braintree in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Vermont
      • Orange County
      • This Braintree is located in Orange County and lies 148 miles [238.2 km]<1> to the northwest of the Braintree that is located in Norfolk County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Braintree
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Orange County community of Braintree.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Braintree ...

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.

  • Cedar Grove [Suffolk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Grove
    • Cedar Grove [Suffolk County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Braintree
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Grove
  • Five Corners [Norfolk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Five Corners
    • Five Corners [Norfolk County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Braintree
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Five Corners have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Five Corners
  • Idlewell [Norfolk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Idlewell
    • Idlewell [Norfolk County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Braintree
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Idlewell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Idlewell
  • Lincoln Heights [Norfolk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lincoln Heights
    • Lincoln Heights [Norfolk County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Braintree
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lincoln Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincoln Heights
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    • Merrymount [Norfolk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Merrymount
      • Merrymount [Norfolk County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of Braintree
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Merrymount have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Merrymount
    • Milton Center [Norfolk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Milton Center
      • Milton Center [Norfolk County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Braintree
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Milton Center have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milton Center
    • Old Boat Point [Norfolk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Old Boat Point
      • Old Boat Point [Norfolk County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northeast of Braintree
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Old Boat Point have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Old Boat Point
    • Post Island [Norfolk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Post Island
      • Post Island [Norfolk County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Braintree
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Post Island have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Post Island
    • Randolph [Norfolk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Randolph
      • Randolph [Norfolk County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Braintree
      • Estimated population in 2019: 34,362 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Randolph have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Randolph
    • Rock Island [Norfolk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Island
      • Rock Island [Norfolk County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Braintree
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rock Island have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Island

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 Braintree. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • 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 2 miles [3.2 km] to the east of Braintree.
      • Quincy is located Less than 2 miles to the north of Braintree.
      • 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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the north of Braintree.
      • 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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the north of Braintree.
      • Brookline is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of Braintree.
      • 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 on October 30, 1735 (a Sunday) and died in Quincy (MA) on July 4, 1826 (a Tueday) at the age of 90.
      • Quincy is located Less than 2 miles to the north of Braintree.
      • 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 on July 11, 1767 (a Saturday) and died in Washington, DC on February 23, 1848 (a Wednesday) at the age of 80.
      • 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 21 miles [33.8 km] to the west of Braintree.
      • Dorchester is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest of Braintree.
      • 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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the north of Braintree.
      • Arlington is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest of Braintree.
      • 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 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest of Braintree.
      • 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 north of Braintree.
      • Cambridge is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest of Braintree.
      • 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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the north of Braintree.
      • 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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the north of Braintree.

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Dedham, which is the Seat of Norfolk County and lies just to the West.
    • Boston, which is the State Capital of Massachusetts, lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Braintree to Boston, with an average speed<4> 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 390 miles [627.6 km] to the west southwest (WSW). 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 5,506 miles [8,861 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Massachusetts

About Norfolk County

About Massachusetts

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Braintree: www.braintreema.gov/

The official website for Norfolk County: www.norfolkcounty.org/

The official website for State of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Braintree) 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 Braintree. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from BraintreeOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Braintree. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.2237, Longitude: -71.0016    
<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 Braintree 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 303.961 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 299.532 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 300.615 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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