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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Floraton 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 Floraton. 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 Floraton.

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

The Rutherford County sighting report from eBird.

Since Floraton is near Cannon County and also Coffee County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Cannon County

Sighting report for Coffee 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 Floraton.

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

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

  • Murfreesboro [Map], which is the Seat of Rutherford County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Floraton to Murfreesboro, 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 38 miles [61.2 km] to the Northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 549 miles [883.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 22 days and walking would take 32 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,421 miles [10,333.6 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 7,137 miles [11,485.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,012 miles [8,066 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Floraton ...

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.

Big Springs   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South of Floraton   [Map]

Bradyville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Double Springs   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Gum   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Halls Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Hopewell (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Pleasant View   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Readyville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Twin Springs   -   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 Floraton. 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.

Anne Bradshaw Clopton

Artist. She was born in Shelbyville (Tennessee) on Monday July 22, 1878 and died in Huntsville (Alabama) on Saturday February 4, 1956 at an age of 77. She was buried at Maple Hill Cemetery (Madison County, Alabama) [Map].

Shelbyville [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southwest of Floraton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Anne Bradshaw Clopton<7>

James Robert 'Jim' Mitchell

Professional football. He was born in Shelbyville (Tennessee) on Sunday October 19, 1947 and died in Shelbyville (Tennessee) on Saturday October 20, 2007 at an age of 60. He was buried at Westview Cemetery (Fulton County, Georgia) [Map].

Shelbyville [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southwest of Floraton

Shelbyville [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southwest of Floraton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Robert 'Jim' Mitchell

Charlie Louvin     (Born as Charles Elzer Loudermilk)

Singer, songwriter. He was born in Henagar (Alabama) on Thursday July 7, 1927 and died in Wartrace (Tennessee) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 at an age of 83. He was buried at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Wartrace [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Floraton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charlie Louvin

George F. McCorkle

Musician. He was born in Chester (South Carolina) on Saturday October 11, 1947 and died in Lebanon (Tennessee) on Friday June 29, 2007 at an age of 59. He was buried at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens (Spartanburg County, South Carolina) [Map].

Lebanon [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Floraton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George F. McCorkle

James Robert 'Jim' Mitchell

Professional football. He was born in Shelbyville (Tennessee) on Sunday October 19, 1947 and died in Shelbyville (Tennessee) on Saturday October 20, 2007 at an age of 60. He was buried at Westview Cemetery (Fulton County, Georgia) [Map].

Shelbyville [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southwest of Floraton

Shelbyville [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southwest of Floraton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Robert 'Jim' Mitchell

Sarah Polk     (Born as Sara Childress)

Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of James Polk (1845 - 1849). She was born in Murfreesboro (Tennessee) on Sunday September 4, 1803 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Friday August 14, 1891 at an age of 87.

Murfreesboro [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of Floraton

Nashville [Map] is located 38 miles [61.2 km] to the northwest of Floraton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Sarah Polk

Oscar James 'Jimmy' Stoneman

Musician. He was born in Washington, DC [Map] on Monday March 8, 1937 and died in Smyrna (Tennessee) on Sunday September 22, 2002 at an age of 65. He was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Smyrna [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest of Floraton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar James 'Jimmy' Stoneman

Patsy Stoneman

Musician. She was born in Galax (Virginia) on Wednesday May 27, 1925 and died in Manchester (Tennessee) on Thursday July 23, 2015 at an age of 90. She was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Manchester [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast of Floraton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Patsy Stoneman

Van Haden Stoneman

Musician. He was born in Washington, DC [Map] on Tueday December 31, 1940 and died in Murfreesboro (Tennessee) on Saturday June 3, 1995 at an age of 54. He was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Murfreesboro [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of Floraton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Van Haden Stoneman

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Tennessee

About Rutherford County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Rutherford County: www.rutherfordcounty.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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Floraton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Floraton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.7923, Longitude: -86.2569     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Floraton 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 Floraton 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 313.458 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.352 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.555 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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