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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 Swansea, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Swansea and the surrounding area.

  • 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 Swansea:
    • 41.748621, -71.187472
    • 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 Swansea
  • 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 Swansea ...

We found ten communities that share the name Swansea.

Within Massachusetts, the name Swansea is unique.

Beyond Massachusetts, we know of another ten communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these ten communities, seven are located in the United States and three are in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Blount County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Alabama community of Swansea [Blount County].
    • Arizona
      • La Paz County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Arizona community of Swansea [La Paz County].
    • British Columbia
      • This Swansea lies 2,188 miles [3,521.2 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Swansea that is located in Bristol County.
    • California
      • Inyo County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the California community of Swansea [Inyo County].
    • Illinois
      • Saint Clair County
      • This Swansea is located in Saint Clair County and lies 1,014 miles [1,631.9 km]<2> to the west of the Swansea that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saint Clair County community of Swansea.
    • Kansas
      • Osage County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Swansea [Osage County].
    • Nevada
      • White Pine County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Nevada community of Swansea [White Pine County].
    • Newfoundland and Labrador
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Newfoundland and Labrador community of Swansea.
    • Ontario
      • This Swansea lies 439 miles [706.5 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Swansea that is located in Bristol County.
    • South Carolina
      • Lexington County
      • This Swansea is located in Lexington County and lies 772 miles [1,242.4 km]<2> to the southwest of the Swansea that is located in Bristol County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lexington County community of Swansea.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Swansea ...

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.

  • Fall River
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the southeast)
    • 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
    (2 miles [3.2 km] to the southeast)
    • 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
  • Globe Village
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Globe Village have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Globe Village
    • Globe Village is located in Bristol County
  • Laurel Park
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Laurel Park have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laurel Park
    • Laurel Park is located in Bristol County (RI)
  • Luther Corner
    (Less than 2 miles 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
    (2 miles [3.2 km] to the southeast)
    • 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
    (Less than 2 miles 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
    (2 miles [3.2 km] to the east)
    • 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
    (2 miles [3.2 km] to the southeast)
    • 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
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Steep Brook
    • Steep Brook is located in Bristol County

How Far From Swansea to ...

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

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

  • Taunton, which is the Seat of Bristol County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the north northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Swansea to Taunton, with an average speed<5> 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.
  • Boston, which is the State Capital of Massachusetts, lies 42 miles [67.6 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 365 miles [587.4 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 5,533 miles [8,904.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,237 miles [10,037.5 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,114 miles [6,620.8 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>

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

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Swansea, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>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 drawn from Point A (ie- Swansea) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swansea. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7486, Longitude: -71.1875       In this case, the coordinates for Swansea have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>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 Swansea 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.
<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 Swansea 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 304.142 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 299.655 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 300.939 degrees.









 

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