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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 Compass, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Compass 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 Compass:
    • 40.022603, -75.942448
    • 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 Compass
  • 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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Compass ...

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.

  • Black Horse [Chester County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Black Horse have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Black Horse
    • Black Horse [Chester County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the south of Compass
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Black Horse
  • Blackhorse [Chester County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blackhorse have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blackhorse
    • Blackhorse [Chester County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the south of Compass
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blackhorse
  • Christiana [Lancaster County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Christiana
    • Christiana [Lancaster County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the southwest of Compass
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,171 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Christiana
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Christiana<3>
  • Gap [Lancaster County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gap have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gap
    • Gap [Lancaster County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southwest of Compass
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gap
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gap<3>
  • Continue List   (9 more) ...
    • Honey Brook [Chester County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Honey Brook have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Honey Brook
      • Honey Brook [Chester County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the north of Compass
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,759 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Honey Brook
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Honey Brook<3>
    • Limeville [Lancaster County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Limeville have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Limeville
      • Limeville [Lancaster County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the southwest of Compass
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Limeville
    • Martins Corner [Chester County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martins Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martins Corner
      • Martins Corner [Chester County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the east of Compass
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martins Corner
    • Meadville [Lancaster County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meadville have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meadville
      • Meadville [Lancaster County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Compass
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meadville
    • Mountain Top [Lancaster County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mountain Top have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain Top
      • Mountain Top [Lancaster County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the north of Compass
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain Top
    • Rockville [Chester County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rockville have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockville
      • Rockville [Chester County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northeast of Compass
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockville
    • Salisbury Heights [Lancaster County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Salisbury Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salisbury Heights
      • Salisbury Heights [Lancaster County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the west of Compass
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salisbury Heights
    • Wagontown [Chester County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wagontown have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wagontown
      • Wagontown [Chester County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the east of Compass
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wagontown
    • White Horse [Lancaster County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for White Horse have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Horse
      • White Horse [Lancaster County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the west of Compass
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Horse

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 Compass. 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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    • David Hayes Agnew     (Medical pioneer)
      • Medical pioneer. He was born in Christiana (Pennsylvania) on Tueday November 24, 1818 and died in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) on Tueday March 22, 1892 at the age of 73. He is buried at West Laurel Hill Cemetery (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania).
      • Christiana is located 5 miles [8 km] to the southwest of Compass.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: David Hayes Agnew<4>
    • Coit Albertson     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Reading (Pennsylvania) on Thursday October 14, 1880 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday December 13, 1953 at the age of 73. He is buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Reading is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Compass.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Coit Albertson<4>
    • Paul Althouse     (Opera singer)
      • Opera singer. He was born in Reading (Pennsylvania) on Monday December 2, 1889 and died in New York (New York) on Monday February 15, 1954 at the age of 64. He is buried at Ferncliff Cemetery (Westchester County, New York).
      • Reading is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Compass.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Althouse<4>
    • Samuel Barber     (Composer)
      • Composer. He was born in West Chester (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday March 9, 1910 and died in New York (New York) on Friday January 23, 1981 at the age of 70. He is buried at Oaklands Cemetery (Chester County, Pennsylvania).
      • West Chester is located 18 miles [29 km] to the east of Compass.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Samuel Barber<4>
    • Daniel Boone     (Frontiersman)
      • Frontiersman. He was born in Birdsboro (Pennsylvania) on Tueday November 2, 1734 and died in Defiance (Missouri) on Tueday September 26, 1820 at the age of 85. He is buried at Frankfort Cemetery (Franklin County, Kentucky).
      • Birdsboro is located 18 miles [29 km] to the northeast of Compass.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Daniel Boone<4>
    • George Washington Bradley     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Reading (Pennsylvania) on Saturday July 13, 1850 and died in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 2, 1931 at the age of 81. He is buried at Northwood Cemetery (Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania).
      • Reading is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Compass.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: George Washington Bradley<4>
    • Lydia Bruce     (Actress, dancer)
      • Actress, dancer. She was born in Detroit (Michigan) on Thursday January 8, 1931 and died in Lancaster (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday May 7, 2008 at the age of 77. She is buried at Pine Grove Cemetery (Strafford County, New Hampshire).
      • Lancaster is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the west of Compass.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lydia Bruce<4>
    • William Havon 'Bill' Bruton     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Lisman (Alabama) on Tueday December 22, 1925 and died in Marshallton (Delaware) on Tueday December 5, 1995 at the age of 70. He is buried at Gracelawn Memorial Park (New Castle County, Delaware).
      • Marshallton is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southeast of Compass.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Havon 'Bill' Bruton<4>
    • James Buchanan     (15th President of the US (1857 - 1861))
      • 15th President of the US (1857 - 1861). He was born in Cove Gap (Pennsylvania) on Saturday April 23, 1791 and died in Lancaster (Pennsylvania) on Monday June 1, 1868 at the age of 77. He is buried at Woodward Hill Cemetery (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania).
      • Lancaster is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the west of Compass.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Buchanan<4>
    • Cabell 'Cab' Calloway     (Singer, bandleader)
      • Singer, bandleader. He was born in Rochester (New York) on Wednesday December 25, 1907 and died in Hockessin (Delaware) on Friday November 18, 1994 at the age of 86. He is buried at Ferncliff Cemetery (Westchester County, New York).
      • Hockessin is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast of Compass.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Cabell 'Cab' Calloway<4>
    • Felix Octavius Carr Darley     (Artist)
      • Artist. He was born in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) on Friday June 22, 1821 and died in Claymont (Delaware) on Tueday March 27, 1888 at the age of 66. He is buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts).
      • Claymont is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of Compass.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Felix Octavius Carr Darley<4>
    • Charles Demuth     (Painter)
      • Painter. He was born in Lancaster (Pennsylvania) on Thursday November 8, 1883 and died in Lancaster (Pennsylvania) on Thursday October 24, 1935 at the age of 51. He is buried at Lancaster Cemetery (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania).
      • Lancaster is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the west of Compass.
      • Lancaster is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the west of Compass.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Demuth<4>
    • Harry Dunn     (Artist)
      • Artist. He was born in West Chester (Pennsylvania) on Friday May 3, 1929 and died in West Chester (Pennsylvania) on Tueday June 9, 1998 at the age of 69. He is buried at Oaklands Cemetery (Chester County, Pennsylvania).
      • West Chester is located 18 miles [29 km] to the east of Compass.
      • West Chester is located 18 miles [29 km] to the east of Compass.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Dunn<4>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • West Chester, which is the Seat of Chester County and lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the east southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Compass to West Chester, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
    • Harrisburg, which is the State Capital of Pennsylvania, lies 52 miles [83.7 km] to the west northwest (WNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 97 miles [156.1 km] to the southwest (SW). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,804 miles [9,340.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,511 miles [10,478.4 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,387 miles [7,060.2 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Pennsylvania

About Chester County

About Pennsylvania

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Chester County: www.chesco.org/

The official website for State of Pennsylvania: https://www.pa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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.
<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 from Point A (ie- Compass) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Compass. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.0226, Longitude: -75.9424       In this case, the coordinates for Compass have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<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 Compass 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 307.159 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 302.785 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 303.799 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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