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Fountain Head, Tennessee

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Fountain Head 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 Fountain Head. 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 Fountain Head.

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

The Sumner County sighting report from eBird.

Since Fountain Head is near Simpson County and also Robertson County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Simpson County

Sighting report for Robertson 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 Fountain Head.

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

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

  • Gallatin [Map], which is the Seat of Sumner County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Fountain Head to Gallatin, 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 31 miles [49.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). 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 541 miles [870.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 22 days and walking would take 31 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,394 miles [10,290.1 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 7,114 miles [11,448.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,989 miles [8,029 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Fountain Head ...

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 Jack (KY)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest of Fountain Head   [Map]

Brackentown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Chestnut Grove   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Chestnut Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Cottontown   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Graball   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Hall Town   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Mitchell   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Oak Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Pipers Chapel   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]

Rock Bridge   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Scattersville   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Fountain Head. 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.

Emily Tennessee Donelson

Niece of Rachel Donelson - she acted as the de facto First Lady for Andrew Jackson during his Presidency (1829 - 1837). She was born in Donelson (Tennessee) on Monday June 1, 1807 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Monday December 19, 1836 at an age of 29.

Donelson [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Fountain Head

Nashville [Map] is located 31 miles [49.9 km] to the southwest of Fountain Head

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Emily Tennessee Donelson<7>

Cornelia Clark Fort

Aviation pioneer. She was born in East Nashville (Tennessee) on Wednesday February 5, 1919 and died in Merkel (Texas) on Sunday March 21, 1943 at an age of 24. She was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

East Nashville [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest of Fountain Head

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Cornelia Clark Fort

Andrew Jackson

7th President of the US (1829 - 1837). He was born in Waxhaw (North Carolina) on Sunday March 15, 1767 and died in Hermitage (Tennessee) on Sunday June 8, 1845 at an age of 78.

Hermitage [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the south of Fountain Head

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Jackson

Sarah Yorke-Jackson

Daughter-in-law of Andrew Jackson - following the illness of Rachel Donelson Jackson, Sarah served as the de facto First Lady for Andrew Jackson during his Presidency (1829 - 1837). She was born in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) on Saturday July 16, 1803 and died in Hermitage (Tennessee) on Tueday August 23, 1887 at an age of 84.

Hermitage [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the south of Fountain Head

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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the south of Fountain Head

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George F. McCorkle

Roy Orbison     (Roy Kelton Orbison)

Singer, songwriter. He was born in Vernon (Texas) on Thursday April 23, 1936 and died in Hendersonville (Tennessee) on Tueday December 6, 1988 at an age of 52. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Hendersonville [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the south of Fountain Head

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Roy Orbison

Leon Russell     (Born as Claude Russell Bridges)

Musician, sognwriter, producer. He was born in Lawton (Oklahoma) on Thursday April 2, 1942 and died in Hermitage (Tennessee) on Sunday November 13, 2016 at an age of 74. He was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery (Tulsa County, Oklahoma) [Map].

Hermitage [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the south of Fountain Head

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Leon Russell

Communities Also Named Fountain Head ...

While the name Fountain Head is unique within Tennessee, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Tennessee


Washington County

Our profile page for Fountain Head, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 523 miles [841.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Sumner County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Sumner County:

The official website for State of Tennessee:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 from Point A (ie- Fountain Head) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fountain Head. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.5509, Longitude: -86.4950     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fountain Head 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 Fountain Head 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 313.632 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.659 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.471 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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