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Whetstone, Tennessee

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains six sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Whetstone

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 Whetstone. 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 Whetstone.

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

Sighting report for Morgan County

Since Whetstone is near Roane County and also Anderson County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Roane County

Sighting report for Anderson County

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Whetstone ...

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.

Blair   -   4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the Southeast of Whetstone   [Map]

Blue Gem (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Coal Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Grove   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Jonesville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Liberty   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Little Emory   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Orchard View   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Union   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Walnut Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

How Far From Whetstone 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 Whetstone 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<2> community of Whetstone once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Whetstone and extending to:

  • Wartburg [Map], which is the Seat of Morgan County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 127 miles [204.4 km] to the West (W). If you could drive a straight line from Whetstone to Nashville, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 453 miles [729 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of a day, a buggy would take 18 days and walking would take 26 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,337 miles [10,198.4 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 7,050 miles [11,345.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,925 miles [7,926 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Tennessee

About Morgan County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Whetstone) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whetstone. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.0292, Longitude: -84.4930     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whetstone have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Whetstone, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<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.
<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 Whetstone to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 312.39 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.157 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.754 degrees.






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