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Ferrum, Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Ferrum to:

  • Rocky Mount [Map], which is the Seat of Franklin County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Ferrum to Rocky Mount, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Richmond [Map], which is the State Capital of Virginia, lies 146 miles [235 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 211 miles [339.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,109 miles [9,831.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,813 miles [10,964.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,691 miles [7,549.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ferrum ...

While the name Ferrum is unique within Virginia, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Virginia


Riverside County

Our profile page for Ferrum, Riverside County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,025 miles [3,258.9 km] to the West

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ferrum ...

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 talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Copper Hill   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest of Ferrum   [Map]
Cross Roads   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Figsboro   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Fork Mountain   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hay Run   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Helm   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Henry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Henry Fork   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Reed Creek Village   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Rocky Mount   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Smart   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]
Stanleytown   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Stones Store   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [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 Ferrum. 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.

Henry King
  Director. He was born in Christiansburg (Virginia) on Sunday January 24, 1886 and died in Toluca Lake (California) on Tueday June 29, 1982 at an age of 96. He was buried at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park (Hillsborough County, Florida) [Map].

Christiansburg [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest of Ferrum

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Henry King<7>

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Ferrum. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ferrum) 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 Ferrum. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ferrum

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ferrum. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.9229, Longitude: -80.0134     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ferrum have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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.

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<3>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 Ferrum to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.722 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.23 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.646 degrees.

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<7>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:

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