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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 Dorchester, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Dorchester 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 Dorchester:
    • 32.853077, -79.987634
    • 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 Dorchester
  • 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 Dorchester ...

We have found twenty communities that share the name Dorchester.

There is one other community in South Carolina which is also named Dorchester.

Beyond South Carolina, we know of another nineteen communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these nineteen communities, eighteen are located in the United States and two are in Canada.

  • Communities Located In South Carolina ...
    • Dorchester County
      • This Dorchester is located in Dorchester County and lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northwest of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Dorchester County community of Dorchester.
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Colorado
      • Gunnison County
      • This community is historic<2> and although located in Gunnison County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Gunnison County community of Dorchester.
    • Florida
      • Hillsborough County
      • This Dorchester is located in Hillsborough County and lies 368 miles [592.2 km]<1> to the south southwest of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hillsborough County community of Dorchester.
    • Georgia
      • Liberty County
      • This Dorchester is located in Liberty County and lies 110 miles [177 km]<1> to the southwest of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Liberty County community of Dorchester.
      • Richmond County
      • This Dorchester is located in Richmond County and lies 127 miles [204.4 km] to the west northwest of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Richmond County community of Dorchester.
    • Illinois
      • Macoupin County
      • This Dorchester is located in Macoupin County and lies 700 miles [1,126.5 km]<1> to the northwest of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Macoupin County community of Dorchester.
    • Iowa
      • Allamakee County
      • This Dorchester is located in Allamakee County and lies 961 miles [1,546.6 km]<1> to the northwest of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Allamakee County community of Dorchester.
    • Maryland
      • Charles County
      • This Dorchester is located in Charles County and lies 433 miles [696.8 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Charles County community of Dorchester.
    • Massachusetts
      • Suffolk County
      • This Dorchester is located in Suffolk County and lies 813 miles [1,308.4 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Suffolk County community of Dorchester.
    • Missouri
      • Greene 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 Missouri community of Dorchester [Greene County].
    • Nebraska
      • Saline County
      • This Dorchester is located in Saline County and lies 1,086 miles [1,747.7 km]<1> to the northwest of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saline County community of Dorchester.
    • New Brunswick
      • This Dorchester lies 1,218 miles [1,960.2 km]<1> to the northeast of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
    • New Hampshire
      • Grafton County
      • This Dorchester is located in Grafton County and lies 868 miles [1,396.9 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Grafton County community of Dorchester.
    • New Jersey
      • Cumberland County
      • This Dorchester is located in Cumberland County and lies 523 miles [841.7 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cumberland County community of Dorchester.
    • North Carolina
      • Forsyth County
      • This Dorchester is located in Forsyth County and lies 229 miles [368.5 km]<1> to the north of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Forsyth County community of Dorchester.
    • Ontario
      • This Dorchester lies 702 miles [1,129.8 km]<1> to the north of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
    • Texas
      • Grayson County
      • This Dorchester is located in Grayson County and lies 965 miles [1,553 km]<1> to the west of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Grayson County community of Dorchester.
    • Virginia
      • Richmond City
      • This Dorchester is located in Richmond City and lies 348 miles [560.1 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Richmond City community of Dorchester.
      • Wise County
      • This Dorchester is located in Wise County and lies 319 miles [513.4 km] to the north northwest of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wise County community of Dorchester.
    • Wisconsin
      • Clark County
      • This Dorchester is located in Clark County and lies 1,004 miles [1,615.8 km]<1> to the north northwest of the Dorchester that is located in Charleston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clark County community of Dorchester.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Dorchester ...

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.

  • Bees Ferry [Charleston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bees Ferry
    • Bees Ferry [Charleston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Dorchester
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bees Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bees Ferry
  • Dogwood Gardens [Charleston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dogwood Gardens
    • Dogwood Gardens [Charleston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Dorchester
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dogwood Gardens have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dogwood Gardens
  • Ferndale [Charleston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ferndale
    • Ferndale [Charleston County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Dorchester
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ferndale have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ferndale
  • Garden Hill [Charleston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garden Hill
    • Garden Hill [Charleston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Dorchester
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Garden Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Garden Hill
  • Continue List   (15 more) ...
    • Green Grove [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Grove
      • Green Grove [Charleston County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Green Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Grove
    • Grove Creek Village [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grove Creek Village
      • Grove Creek Village [Charleston County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grove Creek Village have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grove Creek Village
    • Heathwood [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Heathwood
      • Heathwood [Charleston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Heathwood have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Heathwood
    • Hibernian Heights [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hibernian Heights
      • Hibernian Heights [Charleston County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hibernian Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hibernian Heights
    • Hillside [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillside
      • Hillside [Charleston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillside have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillside
    • Joshua [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Joshua
      • Joshua [Charleston County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Joshua have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Joshua
    • Liberty Hills [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Liberty Hills
      • Liberty Hills [Charleston County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Liberty Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Liberty Hills
    • Liberty Park [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Liberty Park
      • Liberty Park [Charleston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Liberty Park have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Liberty Park
    • Marsh Cove [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marsh Cove
      • Marsh Cove [Charleston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marsh Cove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marsh Cove
    • Oak Grove [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oak Grove
      • Oak Grove [Charleston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oak Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Grove
    • Parsonage Point [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parsonage Point
      • Parsonage Point [Charleston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Parsonage Point have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parsonage Point
    • Pinecrest [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pinecrest
      • Pinecrest [Charleston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pinecrest have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pinecrest
    • Shady Grove [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shady Grove
      • Shady Grove [Charleston County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shady Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shady Grove
    • Singing Pines [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Singing Pines
      • Singing Pines [Charleston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Singing Pines have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Singing Pines
    • Union Heights [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union Heights
      • Union Heights [Charleston County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Union Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union Heights

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 Dorchester. 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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    • John Elias Bass     (Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1877/08/20:1877/08/20)
      • Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1877/08/20:1877/08/20. He was born in Charleston (SC) in 1850 and died in Denver (CO) on September 25, 1888 (a Tueday). He is buried at Riverside Cemetery (Denver County, Colorado).
      • Charleston is located 5 miles [8 km] to the southeast of Dorchester.
    • John Bennett     (Author, illustrator)
      • Author, illustrator. He was born in Chillicothe (OH) on May 17, 1865 (a Wednesday) and died in Charleston (SC) on December 28, 1956 (a Friday) at the age of 91. He is buried at Magnolia Cemetery (Charleston County, South Carolina).
      • Charleston is located 5 miles [8 km] to the southeast of Dorchester.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Bennett<5>
    • Junius Brutus Booth, Jr.     (Actor)
    • George Hill Dillon     (Author)
    • Julia Caroline Ripley Dorr     (Poet, author)
    • Arthur Freedman     (Producer, lyricist)
      • Born: Arthur Grossman
      • Producer, lyricist. He was born in Charleston (SC) on September 9, 1894 (a Sunday) and died in Los Angeles (CA) on April 12, 1973 (a Thursday) at the age of 78. He is buried at Hillside Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Charleston is located 5 miles [8 km] to the southeast of Dorchester.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Arthur Freedman<5>
    • Frank Bunker Gilbreth     (Author)
    • Frederick William 'Freddie' Green     (Musician)
    • James Jamerson     (Musician)
    • Ellsworth Raymond 'Bumpy' Johnson     (Crime figure)
    • Clay Matthews, Sr.     (Professional football)
      • Full name: William Clay Matthews
      • Professional football. He was born in Charleston (SC) on August 1, 1928 (a Wednesday) and died in Mount Pleasant (SC) on March 23, 2017 (a Thursday) at the age of 88. He is buried at Live Oak Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Charleston is located 5 miles [8 km] to the southeast of Dorchester.
      • Mount Pleasant is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the east of Dorchester.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clay Matthews, Sr.<5>
    • Josephine Lyons Scott Pinckney     (Author)
    • Beatrice Witte Ravenel     (Author)
      • Author. She was born in Charleston (SC) on August 24, 1870 (a Wednesday) and died in Charleston (SC) on March 15, 1956 (a Thursday) at the age of 85. She is buried at Magnolia Cemetery (Charleston County, South Carolina).
      • Charleston is located 5 miles [8 km] to the southeast of Dorchester.
      • Charleston is located 5 miles [8 km] to the southeast of Dorchester.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Beatrice Witte Ravenel<5>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Charleston, which is the Seat of Charleston County and lies just to the South Southeast.
    • Columbia, which is the State Capital of South Carolina, lies 99 miles [159.3 km]<1> to the northwest (NW). If you could drive a straight line from Dorchester to Columbia, with an average speed<6>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take three full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 448 miles [721 km] to the north northeast (NNE). Driving would take most of a day, a buggy would take 18 days and walking would take 26 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,288 miles [10,119.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,973 miles [11,222 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,860 miles [7,821.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Charleston County: www.charlestoncounty.org/

The official website for State of South Carolina: https://sc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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- Dorchester) 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 Dorchester. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from DorchesterOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dorchester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8531, Longitude: -79.9876    
<2>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 Dorchester, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<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 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 Dorchester 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 have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>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.
<6>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.
<7>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 Dorchester to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.72 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.634 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.869 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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