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Fanchers Mills, Tennessee

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Fanchers Mills 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 Fanchers Mills. 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 Fanchers Mills.

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 Fanchers Mills is near DeKalb County and also Putnam County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for DeKalb County

Sighting report for Putnam 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 Fanchers Mills.

How Far From Fanchers Mills to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Fanchers Mills to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Sparta [Map], which is the Seat of White County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Fanchers Mills to Sparta, with an average speed<2> 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 65 miles [104.6 km] to the West (W). 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 510 miles [820.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 20 days and walking would take 29 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,385 miles [10,275.7 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 7,100 miles [11,426.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,975 miles [8,006.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Fanchers Mills ...

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.

Black Oak   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East of Fanchers Mills   [Map]

Boiling Springs   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Ditty   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Drop (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Elijah (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Grace (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]

Hillrose   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Oliveville (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Peeled Chestnut   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Rock Castle   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Shady Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Twin Oak   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Williams Crossroads   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [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 Fanchers Mills. 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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Fanchers Mills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: DeFord Bailey<7>

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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northeast of Fanchers Mills

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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast of Fanchers Mills

Sparta [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast of Fanchers Mills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Stan Earl Mitchell

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Fanchers Mills) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fanchers Mills. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.9992, Longitude: -85.6161     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fanchers Mills 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 Fanchers Mills 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 313.073 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.937 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.233 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:

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