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

When in Somerset, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Somerset 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 Somerset:
    • 41.769234, -71.128055
    • 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 Somerset
  • 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 Somerset ...

We found 44 communities that share the name Somerset.

Within Massachusetts, the name Somerset is unique.

Beyond Massachusetts, we know of another 44 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 44 communities, 41 are located in the United States and five are in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Geneva County
      • This Somerset is located in Geneva County and lies 1,103 miles [1,775.1 km]<1> to the southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Geneva County community of Somerset.
    • California
      • El Dorado County
      • This Somerset is located in El Dorado County and lies 2,585 miles [4,160.2 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the El Dorado County community of Somerset.
      • Siskiyou County
      • This Somerset is located in Siskiyou County and lies 2,578 miles [4,148.9 km] to the west northwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Siskiyou County community of Somerset.
    • Colorado
      • Gunnison County
      • This Somerset is located in Gunnison County and lies 1,908 miles [3,070.6 km]<1> to the west of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Gunnison County community of Somerset.
    • Florida
      • Hillsborough County
      • This Somerset is located in Hillsborough County and lies 1,140 miles [1,834.7 km]<1> to the southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hillsborough County community of Somerset.
    • Georgia
      • Bulloch County
      • This Somerset is located in Bulloch County and lies 870 miles [1,400.1 km]<1> to the southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bulloch County community of Somerset.
    • Illinois
      • DuPage County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Illinois community of Somerset [DuPage County].
      • McHenry County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Illinois community of Somerset [McHenry County].
      • Saline County
      • This Somerset is located in Saline County and lies 961 miles [1,546.6 km]<1> to the west of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saline County community of Somerset.
    • Indiana
      • Wabash County
      • This Somerset is located in Wabash County and lies 766 miles [1,232.8 km]<1> to the west of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wabash County community of Somerset.
    • Iowa
      • Warren County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Iowa community of Somerset [Warren County].
    • Kansas
      • Miami County
      • This Somerset is located in Miami County and lies 1,261 miles [2,029.4 km]<1> to the west of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Miami County community of Somerset.
    • Kentucky
      • Pulaski County
      • This Somerset is located in Pulaski County and lies 787 miles [1,266.6 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pulaski County community of Somerset.
    • Louisiana
      • Tensas Parish
      • This Somerset is located in Tensas Parish and lies 1,287 miles [2,071.2 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Tensas Parish community of Somerset.
    • Manitoba
      • This Somerset lies 1,420 miles [2,285.3 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
    • Maryland
      • Anne Arundel County
      • This Somerset is located in Anne Arundel County and lies 340 miles [547.2 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Anne Arundel County community of Somerset.
      • Calvert County
      • This Somerset is located in Calvert County and lies 358 miles [576.1 km] to the southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Calvert County community of Somerset.
      • Carroll County
      • This Somerset is located in Carroll County and lies 346 miles [556.8 km] to the west southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Carroll County community of Somerset.
      • Frederick County
      • This Somerset is located in Frederick County and lies 371 miles [597.1 km] to the west southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Frederick County community of Somerset.
      • Howard County
      • This Somerset is located in Howard County and lies 346 miles [556.8 km] to the west southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Howard County community of Somerset.
      • Montgomery County
      • This Somerset is located in Montgomery County and lies 368 miles [592.2 km] to the west southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Montgomery County community of Somerset.
      • Worcester County
      • This Somerset is located in Worcester County and lies 315 miles [506.9 km] to the southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Worcester County community of Somerset.
    • Michigan
      • Hillsdale County
      • This Somerset is located in Hillsdale County and lies 680 miles [1,094.4 km]<1> to the west of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hillsdale County community of Somerset.
    • Missouri
      • Monroe County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Monroe County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Monroe County community of Somerset.
      • Ozark County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Missouri community of Somerset [Ozark County].
    • Nebraska
      • Lincoln County
      • This Somerset is located in Lincoln County and lies 1,536 miles [2,472 km]<1> to the west of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lincoln County community of Somerset.
    • New Jersey
      • Mercer County
      • This Somerset is located in Mercer County and lies 219 miles [352.4 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Mercer County community of Somerset.
      • Passaic County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the New Jersey community of Somerset [Passaic County].
      • Somerset County
      • This Somerset is located in Somerset County and lies 195 miles [313.8 km] to the west southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Somerset County community of Somerset.
    • New York
      • Niagara County
      • This Somerset is located in Niagara County and lies 393 miles [632.5 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Niagara County community of Somerset.
    • Newfoundland and Labrador
      • This Somerset lies 949 miles [1,527.3 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
    • North Carolina
      • Chowan County
      • This Somerset is located in Chowan County and lies 487 miles [783.8 km]<1> to the southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Chowan County community of Somerset.
      • Haywood County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the North Carolina community of Somerset [Haywood County].
      • Person County
      • This Somerset is located in Person County and lies 562 miles [904.5 km] to the southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Person County community of Somerset.
    • Nova Scotia
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Nova Scotia community of Somerset.
    • Ohio
      • Perry County
      • This Somerset is located in Perry County and lies 599 miles [964 km]<1> to the west of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Perry County community of Somerset.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Somerset County
      • This Somerset is located in Somerset County and lies 432 miles [695.2 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Somerset County community of Somerset.
    • Texas
      • Atascosa County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Atascosa County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Atascosa County community of Somerset.
      • Bexar County
      • This Somerset is located in Bexar County and lies 1,762 miles [2,835.7 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bexar County community of Somerset.
    • Vermont
      • Windham County
      • This Somerset is located in Windham County and lies 125 miles [201.2 km]<1> to the northwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Windham County community of Somerset.
    • Virginia
      • Chesterfield County
      • This Somerset is located in Chesterfield County and lies 455 miles [732.3 km]<1> to the southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Chesterfield County community of Somerset.
      • Orange County
      • This Somerset is located in Orange County and lies 448 miles [721 km] to the west southwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Orange County community of Somerset.
    • Washington
      • King County
      • This Somerset is located in King County and lies 2,491 miles [4,008.9 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the King County community of Somerset.
    • Wisconsin
      • Saint Croix County
      • This Somerset is located in Saint Croix County and lies 1,101 miles [1,771.9 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Somerset that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saint Croix County community of Somerset.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Somerset ...

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.

  • Chestnut Tree Corner
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chestnut Tree Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chestnut Tree Corner
    • Chestnut Tree Corner is located in Bristol County
  • Fall River
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fall River
    • Fall River is located in Bristol County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 89,792 people
  • Fall River Station
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fall River Station have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fall River Station
    • Fall River Station is located in Bristol County
  • Fighting Rock Corner
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fighting Rock Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fighting Rock Corner
    • Fighting Rock Corner is located in Bristol County
  • Flint Village
    (5 miles [8 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flint Village have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flint Village
    • Flint Village is located in Bristol County
  • Freetown
    (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freetown
    • Freetown is located in Bristol County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,432 people
  • Luther Corner
    (5 miles [8 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Luther Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Luther Corner
    • Luther Corner is located in Bristol County
  • Mechanicsville
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mechanicsville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mechanicsville
    • Mechanicsville is located in Bristol County
  • Ocean Grove
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ocean Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ocean Grove
    • Ocean Grove is located in Bristol County
  • Pottersville
    (Less than 2 miles to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pottersville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pottersville
    • Pottersville is located in Bristol County
  • Slades Ferry
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Slades Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Slades Ferry
    • Slades Ferry is located in Bristol County
  • Steep Brook
    (Less than 2 miles to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Steep Brook
    • Steep Brook is located in Bristol County

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

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

  • Taunton, which is the Seat of Bristol County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north. If you could walk a straight line from Somerset to Taunton, 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.
  • Boston, which is the State Capital of Massachusetts, lies 41 miles [66 km] to the north (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 368 miles [592.2 km] to the west southwest (WSW). Driving would take 6 hours, a buggy would take 15 days and walking would take 21 days.
  • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,529 miles [8,898.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,234 miles [10,032.7 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,111 miles [6,616 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>

The official website for Somerset: www.somersetmass.com/

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' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Somerset) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Somerset. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7692, Longitude: -71.1281    
<2>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Somerset could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Somerset, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<4>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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<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 Somerset 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 304.103 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 299.616 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 300.902 degrees.









 

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