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Wheelocktown, Tennessee

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Introduction ...

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

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

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Wheelocktown

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 Wheelocktown. 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 Wheelocktown.

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

Sighting report for Washington County

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

Sighting report for Sullivan County

Sighting report for Greene County

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Wheelocktown ...

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 wonder 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   -   4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the Northeast of Wheelocktown   [Map]

Buffalo Ridge (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Double Springs   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Fall Branch   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

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

Gabtown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Gray   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Harmony   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]

Hartmantown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Haws Crossroads   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Keebler Crossroads   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Keys Mill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Locust Mount   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Luke (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]

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

Mitchell Springs   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Poplar Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Quail Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Rock Springs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Slaughter (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Sulphur Springs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Summersville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [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 Wheelocktown. 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.

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 the age of 72.

Bristol [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northeast of Wheelocktown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ernie 'Tennessee Ernie' Ford<2>

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 the age of 66.

Elizabethton [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the east of Wheelocktown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Johnson

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 the age of 65.

Telford [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the south of Wheelocktown

Greeneville [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Wheelocktown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eliza Johnson

How Far From Wheelocktown 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 Wheelocktown 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<3> community of Wheelocktown once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Wheelocktown and extending to:

  • Jonesborough [Map], which is the Seat of Washington County, lies just to the South Southeast.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 236 miles [379.8 km] to the West (W). If you could drive a straight line from Wheelocktown to Nashville, with an average speed<4>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 14 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 347 miles [558.4 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<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,239 miles [10,040.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,948 miles [11,181.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,824 miles [7,763.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Washington County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Washington County:

The official website for State of Tennessee:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wheelocktown) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Wheelocktown. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wheelocktown

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wheelocktown. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.4000, Longitude: -82.5467     [Map].
<2>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:
<3>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 Wheelocktown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<4>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.
<5>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 Wheelocktown to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 311.226 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.874 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.845 degrees.






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