A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Forest Mills, Tennessee
(Robertson County)

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Forest 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 Forest 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 Forest 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 Robertson County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Robertson County sighting report from eBird.

Since Forest Mills is near Todd County and also Logan County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Todd County

Sighting report for Logan 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 Forest Mills.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Forest Mills once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Forest Mills and extending to:

  • Springfield [Map], which is the Seat of Robertson County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Forest Mills to Springfield, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day 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 36 miles [57.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). 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 570 miles [917.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 33 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,415 miles [10,323.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,136 miles [11,484.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,012 miles [8,066 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Forest 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.

Cedar Hill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast of Forest Mills   [Map]

Dot (KY)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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

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

Keysburg (KY)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Lickskillet (KY)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

River Run   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Rudolphtown   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Shady Bluff   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Shady Grove   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Swan Lake Village   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Walnut Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Zion (KY)   -   10 miles [16.1 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 Forest 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.

Jefferson Davis     (Jefferson Finis Davis)

President of the Confederate States of America. He was born in Fairview (Kentucky) on Friday June 3, 1808 and died in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Friday December 6, 1889 at an age of 81. He was buried at Metairie Cemetery (Orleans Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Fairview [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest of Forest Mills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jefferson Davis<8>

Gant Gaither

Producer. He was born in Hopkinsville (Kentucky) on Wednesday August 1, 1917 and died in Palm Springs (California) on Monday February 16, 2004 at an age of 86. He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Hopkinsville [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northwest of Forest Mills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gant Gaither

Harry Curtis 'Harry Love' Galbreath

Professional football. He was born in Clarksville (Tennessee) on Friday January 1, 1965 and died in Mobile (Alabama) on Tueday July 27, 2010 at an age of 45.

Clarksville [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of Forest Mills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Curtis 'Harry Love' Galbreath

Dorothy Jordan

Actress. She was born in Clarksville (Tennessee) on Thursday August 9, 1906 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday December 7, 1988 at an age of 82.

Clarksville [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of Forest Mills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dorothy Jordan

Frank Sutton     (Frank Spencer Sutton)

Actor. He was born in Clarksville (Tennessee) on Tueday October 23, 1923 and died in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Friday June 28, 1974 at an age of 50. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery (Montgomery County, Tennessee) [Map].

Clarksville [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of Forest Mills

Communities Also Named Forest Mills ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Forest Mills.

While the name Forest Mills is unique within Tennessee, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Tennessee


Allamakee County

Our profile page for Forest Mills, Allamakee County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<9>

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


Linn County

Our profile page for Forest Mills, Linn County

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

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


Goodhue County

Our profile page for Forest Mills, Goodhue County   [Map]

Distance: About 604 miles [972 km] to the North Northwest.


Jasper County

Our profile page for Forest Mills, Jasper County   [Map]

Distance: About 395 miles [635.7 km] to the West.


Our profile page for Forest Mills   [Map]

Distance: About 749 miles [1,205.4 km] to the Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Tennessee

About Robertson County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Tennessee:

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Forest Mills, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Forest Mills) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Forest Mills. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.6167, Longitude: -87.0944     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Forest Mills have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Forest 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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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 314.008 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.10 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.715 degrees.

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<8>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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<9>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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Forest Mills 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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