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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Fordtown 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 Fordtown. 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 Fordtown.

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

The Sullivan County sighting report from eBird.

Since Fordtown is near Washington County and also Hawkins County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Washington County

Sighting report for Hawkins 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 Fordtown.

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

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

  • Blountville [Map], which is the Seat of Sullivan County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Fordtown to Blountville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 238 miles [383 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 343 miles [552 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 14 days and walking would take 20 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,235 miles [10,034.3 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 6,944 miles [11,175.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,820 miles [7,757 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Fordtown ...

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.

Applewalk Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the North of Fordtown   [Map]

Double Springs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Gray   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Hemlock   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Hemlock Park   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Historic Hills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Lake Crest   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Quail Creek   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]

Rock Springs   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Royal Pines   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]

Slaughter (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Summer Hills   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]

Summersville   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]

Wahoo (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [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 Fordtown. 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.

Ernie 'Tennessee Ernie' Ford     (Ernest Jennings Ford)

Singer, TV Host, Radio announcer. He was born in Bristol (Tennessee) on Thursday February 13, 1919 and died in Reston (Virginia) on Thursday October 17, 1991 at an age of 72.

Bristol [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast of Fordtown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ernie 'Tennessee Ernie' Ford<7>

Andrew Johnson

17th President of the US (1865 - 1869). He was born in Raleigh (North Carolina) on Thursday December 29, 1808 and died in Elizabethton (Tennessee) on Saturday July 31, 1875 at an age of 66.

Elizabethton [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast of Fordtown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Johnson

Eliza Johnson     (Born as Eliza McCardle)

Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Andrew Johnson (1865 - 1869). She was born in Telford (Tennessee) on Thursday October 4, 1810 and died in Greeneville (Tennessee) on Saturday January 15, 1876 at an age of 65.

Telford [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the south of Fordtown

Greeneville [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Fordtown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eliza Johnson

Communities Also Named Fordtown ...

Within Tennessee, there is just one other community named Fordtown.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Tennessee

About Sullivan County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Sullivan County: www.sullivancounty.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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Fordtown) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fordtown. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.4529, Longitude: -82.5035     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fordtown 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 Fordtown 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 311.20 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.852 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.811 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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