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Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Surgoinsville, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Surgoinsville and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Surgoinsville 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 Surgoinsville. 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 Surgoinsville.

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

The Hawkins County sighting report from eBird.

Since Surgoinsville is near Hancock County and also Greene County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Hancock County

Sighting report for Greene 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 Surgoinsville.

How Far From Surgoinsville to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a town such as Surgoinsville to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Rogersville [Map], which is the Seat of Hawkins County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Surgoinsville to Rogersville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 218 miles [350.8 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 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 359 miles [577.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 14 days and walking would take 21 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,249 miles [10,056.8 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 6,959 miles [11,199.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,835 miles [7,781.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Surgoinsville ...

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.

Aunt (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest of Surgoinsville   [Map]

Big Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Christian Bend   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Cold Springs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Greenland   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Hickory Cove (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Honeycutt   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Longs Bend   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Lyons Store (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]

Stacy   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Stony Point   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Zion Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [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 Surgoinsville. 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 23 miles [37 km] to the southeast of Surgoinsville

Greeneville [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the south of Surgoinsville

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Tennessee

About Hawkins County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Surgoinsville. 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' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Surgoinsville) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Surgoinsville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Surgoinsville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Surgoinsville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.4724, Longitude: -82.8632     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Surgoinsville 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 Surgoinsville 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 311.416 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 307.102 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.955 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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