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Chestnut Dale, North Carolina

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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Chestnut Dale.

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

When in Chestnut Dale, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Chestnut Dale and the surrounding area.

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Chestnut Dale

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track 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 the location for Chestnut Dale. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Chestnut Dale.

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Avery County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

Sighting report for Avery County

Since Chestnut Dale is near Carter County and also Mitchell County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Carter County

Sighting report for Mitchell County

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Chestnut Dale ...

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.

Beech Bottom lies Less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Chestnut Dale

Link to Google Map centered on Beech Bottom

Carpenter Bottom lies Less than 2 miles<1> to the northwest of Chestnut Dale

Link to Google Map centered on Carpenter Bottom

Cranberry Gap lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Chestnut Dale

Link to Google Map centered on Cranberry Gap

Frank lies Less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Chestnut Dale

Link to Google Map centered on Frank

Hughes lies Less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Chestnut Dale

Link to Google Map centered on Hughes

Montezuma lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Chestnut Dale

Link to Google Map centered on Montezuma

Mount Pleasant lies Less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Chestnut Dale

Link to Google Map centered on Mount Pleasant

Newland lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Chestnut Dale

Link to Google Map centered on Newland

Plumtree lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Chestnut Dale

Link to Google Map centered on Plumtree

Roaring Creek lies Less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Chestnut Dale

Link to Google Map centered on Roaring Creek

Spear lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Chestnut Dale

Link to Google Map centered on Spear

Valley lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Chestnut Dale

Link to Google Map centered on Valley

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 Chestnut Dale. 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.

17th President of the US (1865 - 1869). He was born in Raleigh (North Carolina) on Thursday December 29, 1808 and died in Elizabethton (Tennessee) on Saturday July 31, 1875 at the age of 66.

Elizabethton is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northwest of Chestnut Dale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Johnson<2>

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

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

  • Newland, which is the Seat of Avery County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Raleigh, which is the State Capital of North Carolina, lies 187 miles [300.9 km]<1> to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Chestnut Dale to Raleigh, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km]<1> per hour would take 11 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km]<1> per hour would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 333 miles [535.9 km]<1> to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 13 days and walking would take 19 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,231 miles [10,027.8 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,936 miles [11,162.4 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,813 miles [7,745.8 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for North Carolina

About Avery County

About North Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Avery County:

The official website for State of North Carolina:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Chestnut Dale) 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 Chestnut Dale. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Chestnut Dale

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chestnut Dale. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.0665, Longitude: -81.9800     [Map].
<2>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:
<3>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.
<4>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 Chestnut Dale to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.888 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.439 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.71 degrees.






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