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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Fly 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 Fly. 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 Fly.

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

The Maury County sighting report from eBird.

Since Fly is near Williamson County and also Hickman County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Williamson County

Sighting report for Hickman 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 Fly.

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

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

  • Columbia [Map], which is the Seat of Maury County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Fly to Columbia, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 33 miles [53.1 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just over a day and walking would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 595 miles [957.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 34 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,457 miles [10,391.5 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 7,176 miles [11,548.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,051 miles [8,128.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Fly ...

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.

Cartersville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest of Fly   [Map]

Chartersville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hill Town   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]

Jones Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Kinderhook   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]

Lick Creek (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Mayberry (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Mill Seat   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

New Flys Village   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]

Sulphur Springs (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Water Valley   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [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 Fly. 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.

Meriwether Lewis

Explorer, 2nd Governor of Louisiana. He was born in Ivy (Virginia) on Thursday August 18, 1774 and died in Hohenwald (Tennessee) on Wednesday October 11, 1809 at an age of 35. He was buried at Pioneer Cemetery (Lewis County, Tennessee) [Map].

Hohenwald [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Fly

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Meriwether Lewis<7>

Bobby Thompson     (Robert Clark Thompson)

Musician. He was born in Spartanburg (South Carolina) on Monday July 5, 1937 and died in Franklin (Tennessee) on Wednesday May 18, 2005 at an age of 67. He was buried at Willow Grove Cemetery (Trousdale County, Tennessee) [Map].

Franklin [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the northeast of Fly

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bobby Thompson

Communities Also Named Fly ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Fly.

While the name Fly is unique within Tennessee, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Tennessee

Georgia

Bulloch County

Our profile page for Fly, Bulloch County

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

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

North Carolina

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Fly, Montgomery County

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

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

Ohio

Monroe County

Our profile page for Fly, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 425 miles [684 km] to the Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Tennessee

About Maury County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 from Point A (ie- Fly) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fly. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.7895, Longitude: -87.1586     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fly 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 Fly 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 314.014 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.992 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.939 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Fly 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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