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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 Athens, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Athens 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 Athens:
    • 44.923114, -69.672830
    • 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 Athens
  • 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 Athens ...

We have found 28 communities that share the name Athens.

Within Maine, the name Athens is unique.

Beyond Maine, we know of another 28 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 28 communities, 27 are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Limestone County
      • This Athens is located in Limestone County and lies 1,148 miles [1,847.5 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Limestone County community of Athens.
    • Arkansas
      • Howard County
      • This Athens is located in Howard County and lies 1,477 miles [2,377 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Howard County community of Athens.
    • California
      • Los Angeles County
      • This Athens is located in Los Angeles County and lies 2,658 miles [4,277.6 km]<1> to the west of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Los Angeles County community of Athens.
    • Georgia
      • Clarke County
      • This Athens is located in Clarke County and lies 1,049 miles [1,688.2 km]<1> to the southwest of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clarke County community of Athens.
    • Illinois
      • Menard County
      • This Athens is located in Menard County and lies 1,074 miles [1,728.4 km]<1> to the west of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Menard County community of Athens.
    • Indiana
      • Fulton County
      • This Athens is located in Fulton County and lies 871 miles [1,401.7 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fulton County community of Athens.
    • Kansas
      • Jewell 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 Kansas community of Athens [Jewell County].
      • Woodson County
      • This Athens is located in Woodson County and lies 1,420 miles [2,285.3 km]<1> to the west of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Woodson County community of Athens.
    • Kentucky
      • Fayette County
      • This Athens is located in Fayette County and lies 898 miles [1,445.2 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fayette County community of Athens.
    • Louisiana
      • Claiborne Parish
      • This Athens is located in Claiborne Parish and lies 1,507 miles [2,425.3 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Claiborne Parish community of Athens.
    • Michigan
      • Calhoun County
      • This Athens is located in Calhoun County and lies 802 miles [1,290.7 km]<1> to the west of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Calhoun County community of Athens.
    • Minnesota
      • Isanti 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 Minnesota community of Athens [Isanti County].
    • Mississippi
      • Monroe County
      • This Athens is located in Monroe County and lies 1,253 miles [2,016.5 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Monroe County community of Athens.
    • Missouri
      • Clark County
      • This Athens is located in Clark County and lies 1,152 miles [1,854 km]<1> to the west of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clark County community of Athens.
    • Nebraska
      • Richardson County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Nebraska community of Athens [Richardson County].
    • Nevada
      • Nye County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Nye County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Nye County community of Athens.
    • New York
      • Greene County
      • This Athens is located in Greene County and lies 276 miles [444.2 km]<1> to the southwest of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Greene County community of Athens.
    • North Carolina
      • Robeson 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 Athens [Robeson County].
    • Ohio
      • Athens County
      • This Athens is located in Athens County and lies 743 miles [1,195.7 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Athens County community of Athens.
    • Ontario
      • This Athens lies 308 miles [495.7 km]<1> to the west of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
    • Pennsylvania
      • Bradford County
      • This Athens is located in Bradford County and lies 399 miles [642.1 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bradford County community of Athens.
    • Tennessee
      • McMinn County
      • This Athens is located in McMinn County and lies 1,020 miles [1,641.5 km]<1> to the southwest of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the McMinn County community of Athens.
    • Texas
      • Henderson County
      • This Athens is located in Henderson County and lies 1,651 miles [2,657 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Henderson County community of Athens.
    • Utah
      • Salt Lake County
      • This Athens is located in Salt Lake County and lies 2,141 miles [3,445.6 km]<1> to the west of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Salt Lake County community of Athens.
    • Vermont
      • Windham County
      • This Athens is located in Windham County and lies 189 miles [304.2 km]<1> to the southwest of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Windham County community of Athens.
    • Virginia
      • Caroline County
      • This Athens is located in Caroline County and lies 623 miles [1,002.6 km]<1> to the southwest of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Caroline County community of Athens.
    • West Virginia
      • Mercer County
      • This Athens is located in Mercer County and lies 783 miles [1,260.1 km]<1> to the southwest of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Mercer County community of Athens.
    • Wisconsin
      • Marathon County
      • This Athens is located in Marathon County and lies 993 miles [1,598.1 km]<1> to the west of the Athens that is located in Somerset County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Marathon County community of Athens.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Athens ...

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.

  • Castle Harmony [Somerset County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Castle Harmony
    • Castle Harmony [Somerset County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Athens
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Castle Harmony have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Castle Harmony
  • Cornville [Somerset County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cornville
    • Cornville [Somerset County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Athens
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,380 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cornville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cornville
  • Harmony [Somerset County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harmony
    • Harmony [Somerset County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Athens
    • Estimated population in 2019: 898 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harmony have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harmony
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Harmony<5>
  • Hartland [Somerset County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hartland
    • Hartland [Somerset County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Athens
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,724 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hartland have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hartland
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hartland<5>
  • Continue List   (7 more) ...
    • Huff Corner [Piscataquis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Huff Corner
      • Huff Corner [Piscataquis County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Huff Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Huff Corner
    • Mainstream [Somerset County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mainstream
      • Mainstream [Somerset County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mainstream have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mainstream
    • Martin Corner [Somerset County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martin Corner
      • Martin Corner [Somerset County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martin Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martin Corner
    • Moody Corner [Somerset County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moody Corner
      • Moody Corner [Somerset County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moody Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moody Corner
    • Rice Corner [Somerset County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rice Corner
      • Rice Corner [Somerset County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rice Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rice Corner
    • Stronghold [Somerset County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stronghold
      • Stronghold [Somerset County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stronghold have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stronghold
    • Wildwood [Somerset County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wildwood
      • Wildwood [Somerset County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Athens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wildwood have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wildwood

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 Athens. 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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    • Berenice Abbott     (Photographer)
      • Photographer. She was born in Springfield (Ohio) on Sunday July 17, 1898 and died in Monson (Maine) on Monday December 9, 1991 at the age of 93.
      • Monson is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of Athens.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Berenice Abbott<6>
    • Lew Cody     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Waterville (Maine) on Friday February 22, 1884 and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Thursday May 31, 1934 at the age of 50. He is buried at St. Peters Catholic Cemetery (Androscoggin County, Maine).
      • Waterville is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the south of Athens.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lew Cody<6>
    • Elijah Parish Lovejoy     (Social activist)
      • Social activist. He was born in Albion (Maine) on Tueday November 9, 1802 and died in Alton (Illinois) on Tueday November 7, 1837 at the age of 35. He is buried at Alton Cemetery (Madison County, Illinois).
      • Albion is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of Athens.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elijah Parish Lovejoy<6>
    • Lillian Bayard Norton Nordica     (Opera singer)
      • Opera singer. She was born in Farmington (Maine) on Saturday December 12, 1857 and died in Cirebon (Indonesia) on Sunday May 10, 1914 at the age of 56.
      • Farmington is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest of Athens.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lillian Bayard Norton Nordica<6>
    • Francis Edgar Stanley     (Automotive pioneer)
      • Automotive pioneer. He was born in Kingfield (Maine) on Friday June 1, 1849 and died in Wenham (Massachusetts) on Saturday July 13, 1918 at the age of 69. He is buried at Newton Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts).
      • Kingfield is located 23 miles [37 km] to the west of Athens.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Francis Edgar Stanley<6>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Skowhegan, which is the Seat of Somerset County and lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Athens to Skowhegan, with an average speed<7> 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.
    • Augusta, which is the State Capital of Maine, lies 42 miles [67.6 km] to the south (S). 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 561 miles [902.8 km] to the southwest (SW). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 22 days and walking would take 32 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,348 miles [8,606.8 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,064 miles [9,759.1 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 3,939 miles [6,339.2 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<11>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Maine: https://www.maine.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 from Point A (ie- Athens) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Athens. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Athens

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Athens. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.9231, Longitude: -69.6728       In this case, the coordinates for Athens have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek 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 Athens 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 Athens, 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 have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>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.
<8>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 Athens to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 302.697 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 298.58 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 298.535 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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