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Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks 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 this GPS location for Alcoma:
    • 37.549266, -78.592647
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Alcoma
  • 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:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Alcoma ...

We found one communities that share the name Alcoma.

Within Virginia, the name Alcoma is unique.

Beyond Virginia, there is another community also named Alcoma in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Florida
      • Polk County
      • This Alcoma is located in Polk County and lies 687 miles [1,105.6 km]<1> to the south southwest of the Alcoma that is located in Buckingham County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Polk County community of Alcoma.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Alcoma ...

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.

  • Alpha
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alpha have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alpha
    • Alpha is located in Buckingham County
  • Chestnut Grove
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chestnut Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chestnut Grove
    • Chestnut Grove is located in Buckingham County
  • Curdsville
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Curdsville
    • Curdsville is located in Buckingham County
  • Fore Store
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fore Store have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fore Store
    • Fore Store is located in Appomattox County
  • Gravel Hill
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gravel Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gravel Hill
    • Gravel Hill is located in Buckingham County
  • Grays Corner
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grays Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grays Corner
    • Grays Corner is located in Buckingham County
  • Hurtsville
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hurtsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hurtsville
    • Hurtsville is located in Appomattox County
  • Slate Hill
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Slate Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Slate Hill
    • Slate Hill is located in Buckingham County
  • Sliders
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sliders have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sliders
    • Sliders is located in Buckingham County
  • Sunny Side
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunny Side have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunny Side
    • Sunny Side is located in Buckingham County
  • Toga
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Toga
    • Toga is located in Buckingham County
  • Woods Corner
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woods Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woods Corner
    • Woods Corner is located in Buckingham County

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Alcoma and extending to:

  • Buckingham, which is the Seat of Buckingham County, lies just to the East.
  • Richmond, which is the State Capital of Virginia, lies 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> to the east (E). If you could walk a straight line from Alcoma to Richmond, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 125 miles [201.2 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,021 miles [9,689.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,724 miles [10,821.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,602 miles [7,406.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>

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

The official website for State of Virginia: https://www.virginia.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- Alcoma) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alcoma. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5493, Longitude: -78.5926    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<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 Alcoma 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 308.871 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.352 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.854 degrees.









 

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