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Welcome to Big Island ...

Big Island is located in Bedford County<1>.


The location of Big Island has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>


While we don't have a date for the founding of Big Island, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1846.

A typical abbreviation for Big Island: Big Is. (in Canada, 'Isld.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Big Island is 730 feet [223 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Big Island lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Communities Also Named Big Island ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 6 communities that are also named Big Island - they are located in Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Ohio.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Big Island.

Communities near Big Island ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Big Island.

  • Lynchburg
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
  • Lexington
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
  • Bedford
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Buena Vista
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buena Vista have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buena Vista
    • Buena Vista is located in Buena Vista City
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,402 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Buena Vista <4>
  • Amherst
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
  • Buchanan
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the west)
  • Glasgow
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest)
  • Pedlar Mills
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pedlar Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pedlar Mills
    • Pedlar Mills is located in Amherst County
  • Abert
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Abert have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Abert
    • Abert is located in Bedford County
  • Boonsboro
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boonsboro
    • Boonsboro is located in Bedford County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Big Island. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Big Island.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Big Island. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Big Island.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Big Island. See our Newspapers Page for Big Island.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Big Island ...

Looking for more information about Big Island? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Big Island, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Big Island.

Adding Big Island to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Big Island in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Big Island was in the book titled U.S. Post Offices (Oct. 1846).

We also found Big Island in the book titled Table of U.S. Post Offices in the United States (Jan. 1851).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Big Island.

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

The official website for State of Virginia: https://www.virginia.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Virginia's counties, including Bedford, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<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>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Big Island - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.









 

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