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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:
    • 33.738388, -81.100104
    • 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 have found ten communities that share the name Swansea.

Within South Carolina, the name Swansea is unique.

Beyond South Carolina, 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 2,069 miles [3,329.7 km]<2> to the northwest of the Swansea that is located in Lexington County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Swansea
    • 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 596 miles [959.2 km]<2> to the northwest of the Swansea that is located in Lexington County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Swansea
      • 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].
    • Massachusetts
      • Bristol County
      • This Swansea is located in Bristol County and lies 772 miles [1,242.4 km]<2> to the northeast of the Swansea that is located in Lexington County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Swansea
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bristol County community of Swansea.
    • 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 688 miles [1,107.2 km]<2> to the north of the Swansea that is located in Lexington County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on 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.

  • Apollo Gardens [Lexington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Apollo Gardens
    • Apollo Gardens [Lexington County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the north of Swansea
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Apollo Gardens have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Apollo Gardens
  • Berlin [Aiken County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Berlin
    • Berlin [Aiken County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the west of Swansea
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Berlin have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Berlin
  • Crystal View [Lexington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crystal View
    • Crystal View [Lexington County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the north of Swansea
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crystal View have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crystal View
  • Glenn Village [Lexington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glenn Village
    • Glenn Village [Lexington County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the north of Swansea
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glenn Village have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glenn Village
  • Continue List   (8 more) ...
    • Lloydswoods [Lexington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lloydswoods
      • Lloydswoods [Lexington County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the north of Swansea
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lloydswoods have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lloydswoods
    • Oak Grove [Calhoun County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oak Grove
      • Oak Grove [Calhoun County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the east of Swansea
      • 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
    • Pineridge [Lexington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pineridge
      • Pineridge [Lexington County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the north of Swansea
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,419 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pineridge
    • Sandy Run [Calhoun County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sandy Run
      • Sandy Run [Calhoun County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the northeast of Swansea
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sandy Run have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sandy Run
    • Sharpes Hill [Lexington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sharpes Hill
      • Sharpes Hill [Lexington County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the northwest of Swansea
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sharpes Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sharpes Hill
    • Silver Lake [Lexington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silver Lake
      • Silver Lake [Lexington County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the north of Swansea
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silver Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silver Lake
    • Styx [Lexington County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Styx
      • Styx [Lexington County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the north of Swansea
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Styx have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Thor [Lexington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thor
      • Thor [Lexington County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the west of Swansea
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Thor have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thor

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 Swansea. 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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    • Richard 'Ricky' Bell, Jr.     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Columbia (SC) on October 2, 1974 (a Wednesday) and died in Columbia (SC) on February 17, 2011 (a Thursday) at the age of 36. He is buried at Leevy Cemetery (Richland County, South Carolina).
      • Columbia is located 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Swansea.
      • Columbia is located 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Swansea.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Richard 'Ricky' Bell, Jr.<5>
    • James 'Buster' Clarkson     (Negro League Baseball)
    • Thomas Cooper De Leon     (Author)
    • Alex Hawkins     (Professional football)
      • Full name: Clifton Alexander Hawkins
      • Professional football. He was born in Welch (WV) on July 2, 1937 (a Friday) and died in Columbia (SC) on September 12, 2017 (a Tueday) at the age of 80. We don't have any burial details.
      • Columbia is located 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Swansea.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins<5>
    • LaMarr Hoyt     (Professional baseball)
      • Professional baseball. He was born in Columbia (SC) on January 1, 1955 (a Saturday) and died on November 29, 2021 (a Monday) at the age of 66. We don't have any burial details.
      • Columbia is located 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Swansea.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: LaMarr Hoyt<5>
    • Marvin Earl 'Marv' Johnson     (Singer)
    • Lee Young     (Actor)
      • Full name: Lee Thompson Young
      • Actor. He was born in Columbia (SC) on February 1, 1984 (a Wednesday) and died in Los Angeles (CA) on August 19, 2013 (a Monday) at the age of 29. He is buried at Lakeview Memory Gardens (York County, South Carolina).
      • Columbia is located 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Swansea.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lee Young<5>

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 town 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:

  • View Our List ...
    • Lexington, which is the Seat of Lexington County and lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the north northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Swansea to Lexington, with an average speed<6> 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.
    • Columbia, which is the State Capital of South Carolina, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the north (N). The buggy would take five to six hours and walking would take just over a day.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 421 miles [677.5 km] to the north northeast (NNE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of a day, a buggy would take 17 days and walking would take 24 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,298 miles [10,135.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,990 miles [11,249.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,873 miles [7,842.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of South Carolina

About Lexington County

About South Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Swansea: www.ci.swansea.sc.us/

The official website for Lexington County: www.lex-co.com/

The official website for State of South Carolina: https://sc.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.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Swansea. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SwanseaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swansea. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7384, Longitude: -81.1001    
<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 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 Swansea 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 310.356 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.492 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.03 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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