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Drop, Tennessee

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Drop and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

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 Drop. 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 Drop.

Bird Watching ...

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 White County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The White County sighting report from eBird.

Since Drop is near DeKalb County and also Warren County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for DeKalb County

Sighting report for Warren County

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

The website, centered on Drop.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Drop once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Drop and extending to:

  • Sparta [Map], which is the Seat of White County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Drop to Sparta, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 64 miles [103 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 about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 514 miles [827.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 20 days and walking would take 30 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,390 miles [10,283.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,104 miles [11,432.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,980 miles [8,014.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Drop ...

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 talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Center Point   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast of Drop   [Map]

Elijah (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Frank Ferry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Grace (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Gum Spring   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Heads (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Oliveville (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Peeled Chestnut   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Pin Hook Ferry   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Pinhook (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Rock Castle   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Shady Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Young Bend   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

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 Drop. 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.

DeFord Bailey

Musician. He was born in Carthage (Tennessee) on Thursday December 14, 1899 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Friday July 2, 1982 at an age of 82. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Carthage [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northwest of Drop

Find-A-Grave Memorial: DeFord Bailey<8>

Lester Flatt     (Lester Raymond Flatt)

Musician. He was born in Duncan's Chapel (Tennessee) on Friday June 19, 1914 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Friday May 11, 1979 at an age of 64. He was buried at Oaklawn Memorial Cemetery (White County, Tennessee) [Map].

Duncan's Chapel [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast of Drop

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lester Flatt

Stan Earl Mitchell

Professional football. He was born in Sparta (Tennessee) on Thursday August 17, 1944 and died in Sparta (Tennessee) on Tueday January 24, 2012 at an age of 67.

Sparta [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the east of Drop

Sparta [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the east of Drop

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Stan Earl Mitchell

Communities Also Named Drop ...

While the name Drop is unique within Tennessee, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Tennessee


Denton County

Our profile page for Drop, Denton County   [Map]

Distance: About 692 miles [1,113.7 km] to the West Southwest.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Tennessee

About White County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Tennessee:

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 Drop, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Drop) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Drop. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.9284, Longitude: -85.6516     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Drop have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<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.

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<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 Drop to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 313.092 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.95 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.266 degrees.

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<8>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:

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