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Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

  • Weather ...
  • 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 Charlottesville:
    • 38.028748, -78.476506
    • 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 Charlottesville
  • 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 Charlottesville ...

We have found three communities that share the name Charlottesville.

There is one other community in Virginia which is also named Charlottesville.

Beyond Virginia, we know of another two communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Located In Virginia ...
    • Albemarle County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Virginia community of Charlottesville [Albemarle County].
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Indiana
      • Hancock County
      • This Charlottesville is located in Hancock County and lies 402 miles [647 km]<2> to the west northwest.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Charlottesville
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hancock County community of Charlottesville.
      • Union County
      • This Charlottesville is located in Union County and lies 358 miles [576.1 km] to the west northwest.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Charlottesville
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Union County community of Charlottesville.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Charlottesville ...

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.

  • Barracks [Albemarle County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Barracks
    • Barracks [Albemarle County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the northwest of Charlottesville
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Barracks have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Barracks
  • Branchland [Albemarle County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Branchland
    • Branchland [Albemarle County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the north of Charlottesville
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Branchland have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Branchland
  • Chapel Hills [Albemarle County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chapel Hills
    • Chapel Hills [Albemarle County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the north of Charlottesville
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chapel Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chapel Hills
  • Fieldbrook [Albemarle County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fieldbrook
    • Fieldbrook [Albemarle County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the north of Charlottesville
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fieldbrook have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fieldbrook
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    • Four Seasons [Albemarle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Four Seasons
      • Four Seasons [Albemarle County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the north of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Four Seasons have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Four Seasons
    • Franklin [Albemarle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Franklin
      • Franklin [Albemarle County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the northeast of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Franklin have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Franklin
    • Greenfields [Albemarle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenfields
      • Greenfields [Albemarle County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the north of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greenfields have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenfields
    • Hunters Hall [Albemarle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hunters Hall
      • Hunters Hall [Albemarle County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the east of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hunters Hall have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hunters Hall
    • Liberty Hill [Albemarle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Liberty Hill
      • Liberty Hill [Albemarle County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the west of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Liberty Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Liberty Hill
    • Locust Grove [Charlottesville City]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Locust Grove
      • Locust Grove [Charlottesville City] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the northeast of Charlottesville
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Locust Grove
    • Pen Park [Albemarle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pen Park
      • Pen Park [Albemarle County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the northeast of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pen Park have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pen Park
    • Queen Charlotte [Albemarle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Queen Charlotte
      • Queen Charlotte [Albemarle County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the northwest of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Queen Charlotte have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Queen Charlotte
    • Raintree [Albemarle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Raintree
      • Raintree [Albemarle County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the north of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Raintree have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Raintree
    • Riverrun [Albemarle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Riverrun
      • Riverrun [Albemarle County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the northeast of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Riverrun have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riverrun
    • Rockbrook [Albemarle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockbrook
      • Rockbrook [Albemarle County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the north of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rockbrook have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockbrook
    • Squire Hill [Albemarle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Squire Hill
      • Squire Hill [Albemarle County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the north of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Squire Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Squire Hill
    • University Heights [Albemarle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for University Heights
      • University Heights [Albemarle County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the west of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for University Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on University Heights
    • Village Square [Albemarle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Village Square
      • Village Square [Albemarle County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the northeast of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Village Square have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Village Square
    • Vinegar Hill [Charlottesville City]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vinegar Hill
      • Vinegar Hill [Charlottesville City] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the west of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vinegar Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vinegar Hill
    • Wildwood [Albemarle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wildwood
      • Wildwood [Albemarle County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the north of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wildwood have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wildwood
    • Willow Heights [Albemarle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Willow Heights
      • Willow Heights [Albemarle County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the north of Charlottesville
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Willow Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Willow Heights

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 Charlottesville. 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.

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    • Richard Arlen     (Actor)
      • Born: Cornelius Richard Van Mattimore
      • Actor. He was born in Charlottesville on September 1, 1898 (a Thursday) and died in North Hollywood (CA) on March 28, 1976 (a Sunday) at the age of 77.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Richard Arlen<4>
    • Roosevelt 'Rosie' Brown     (Professional football)
    • Miriam Cooper     (Actress)
    • Charles J. 'Fergy' Ferguson     (Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1884/05/01:1887/10/08)
    • Thomas Jefferson     (3rd President of the US (1801 - 1809))
      • 3rd President of the US (1801 - 1809). He was born in Shadwell (VA) on April 13, 1743 (a Saturday) and died in Charlottesville on July 4, 1826 (a Tueday) at the age of 83. He is buried at Monticello Graveyard (Albemarle County, Virginia).
      • Shadwell is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the east of Charlottesville.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas Jefferson<4>
    • Kack Eugene 'Jackie' Jensen     (Professional baseball)
    • Meriwether Lewis     (Explorer, 2nd Governor of Louisiana)
      • Explorer, 2nd Governor of Louisiana. He was born in Ivy (VA) on August 18, 1774 (a Thursday) and died in Hohenwald (TN) on October 11, 1809 (a Wednesday) at the age of 35. He is buried at Pioneer Cemetery (Lewis County, Tennessee).
      • Ivy is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the west of Charlottesville.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Meriwether Lewis<4>
    • James Madison     (4th President of the US (1809 - 1817))
      • 4th President of the US (1809 - 1817). He was born in Port Conway (VA) on March 16, 1751 (a Tueday) and died in Montpelier Station (VA) on June 28, 1836 (a Tueday) at the age of 85.
      • Montpelier Station is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northeast of Charlottesville.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Madison<4>
    • William Holmes McGuffey     (Author, educator)
    • Zachary Taylor     (12th President of the US (1849 - 1850, died in office due to illness))
      • 12th President of the US (1849 - 1850, died in office due to illness). He was born in Orange (VA) on November 24, 1784 (a Wednesday) and died in Washington, DC on July 9, 1850 (a Tueday) at the age of 65. He is buried at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery (Jefferson County, Kentucky).
      • Orange is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northeast of Charlottesville.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Zachary Taylor<4>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Richmond, which is the State Capital of Virginia, lies 66 miles [106.2 km]<2> to the east southeast (ESE). If you could walk a straight line from Charlottesville to Richmond, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take three full 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 98 miles [157.7 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,996 miles [9,649.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,700 miles [10,782.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,578 miles [7,367.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Virginia

About Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Charlottesville: www.charlottesville.org/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Charlottesville could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong . Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<2>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- Charlottesville) 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 Charlottesville. 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 CharlottesvilleOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Charlottesville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.0287, Longitude: -78.4765    
<3>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 have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Charlottesville to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 308.784 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.324 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.637 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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