A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Marvin, Tennessee

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Marvin 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 Marvin. 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 Marvin.

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

The Greene County sighting report from eBird.

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

Sighting report for Hawkins County

Sighting report for Hamblen 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 Marvin.

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

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

  • Greeneville [Map], which is the Seat of Greene County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Marvin to Greeneville, 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 210 miles [338 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 373 miles [600.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 6 hours, a buggy would take 15 days and walking would take 22 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,265 miles [10,082.5 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 6,974 miles [11,223.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,850 miles [7,805.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Marvin ...

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.

Bulls Gap   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West of Marvin   [Map]

Couch (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Hull Mill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Mohawk   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Mohawk Crossroad   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Pilot Knob   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]

Pleasant Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Romeo   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Marvin. 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.

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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the east of Marvin

Greeneville [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast of Marvin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eliza Johnson<7>

Communities Also Named Marvin ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Marvin.

While the name Marvin is unique within Tennessee, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Tennessee

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Cook County

Our profile page for Marvin, Cook County

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

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


Lenawee County

Our profile page for Marvin, Lenawee County

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

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


Morgan County

Our profile page for Marvin, Morgan County   [Map]

Distance: About 556 miles [894.8 km] to the West Northwest.

New York

Chautauqua County

Our profile page for Marvin, Chautauqua County   [Map]

Distance: About 435 miles [700.1 km] to the North Northeast.

North Carolina

Union County

Our profile page for Marvin, Union County   [Map]

Distance: About 149 miles [239.8 km] to the Southeast.

South Dakota

Grant County

Our profile page for Marvin, Grant County   [Map]

Distance: About 955 miles [1,536.9 km] to the Northwest.


Lamar County

Our profile page for Marvin, Lamar County   [Map]

Distance: About 729 miles [1,173.2 km] to the West.

Robertson County

Our profile page for Marvin, Robertson County   [Map]

Distance: About 869 miles [1,398.5 km] to the West Southwest.


Buchanan County

Our profile page for Marvin, Buchanan County   [Map]

Distance: About 86 miles [138.4 km] to the Northeast.

Wythe County

Our profile page for Marvin, Wythe County

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Tennessee

About Greene County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Tennessee:

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 from Point A (ie- Marvin) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Marvin. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.2482, Longitude: -82.9988     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Marvin 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 Marvin 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 311.495 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 307.161 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.074 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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<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 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 Marvin 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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