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Introduction ...

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

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 Fairyland, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Fairyland and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Fairyland 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 Fairyland. 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 Fairyland.

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

The Cumberland County sighting report from eBird.

Since Fairyland is near White County and also Bledsoe County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for White County

Sighting report for Bledsoe 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 Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Fairyland.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Fairyland and extending to:

  • Crossville [Map], which is the Seat of Cumberland County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 97 miles [156.1 km] to the West (W). If you could drive a straight line from Fairyland to Nashville, with an average speed<2>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 [Map]) is 485 miles [780.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of a day, a buggy would take 19 days and walking would take 28 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,366 miles [10,245.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,079 miles [11,392.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,955 miles [7,974.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Fairyland ...

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.

Camelot   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North of Fairyland   [Map]

Crossville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Foxfire   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]

Hide-A-Way Hills   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]

Highland View   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Hillcrest   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Holiday Hills   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Homestead   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Howard Springs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Livesay   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]

Meadowview   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Rolling Hills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Russell Shack Ridge   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Volunteer Heights   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]

Wild Plum   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Woodlawn   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [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 Fairyland. 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.

Howard 'Louie Bluie' Armstrong

Musician. He was born in Dayton (Tennessee) on Thursday March 4, 1909 and died in Boston (Massachusetts) on Wednesday July 30, 2003 at an age of 94. He was buried at Forest Hills Cemetery (Suffolk County, Massachusetts) [Map].

Dayton [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the south of Fairyland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Howard 'Louie Bluie' Armstrong<7>

David Glenn Douglas

Professional football. He was born in Spring City (Tennessee) on Wednesday March 20, 1963 and died in Maryville (Tennessee) on Saturday February 27, 2016 at an age of 52.

Spring City [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southeast of Fairyland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: David Glenn Douglas

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 23 miles [37 km] to the west of Fairyland

Sparta [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the west of Fairyland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Stan Earl Mitchell

Communities Also Named Fairyland ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Fairyland.

While the name Fairyland is unique within Tennessee, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Tennessee

Florida

Brevard County

Our profile page for Fairyland, Brevard County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

Although located in Brevard County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Georgia

Walker County

Our profile page for Fairyland, Walker County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Walker County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Tennessee

About Cumberland County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cumberland County: www.brockhill.org/

The official website for State of Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or 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- Fairyland) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fairyland. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.9126, Longitude: -85.0513     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fairyland have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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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<3>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 Fairyland to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 312.726 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.526 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.018 degrees.

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<7>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.

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<8>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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Fairyland 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.

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