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Welcome to Onan ...

Onan is located in Nelson County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Onan, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1882.

Onan is 710 feet [216 m] above sea level.<2>.

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

Onan lies within the (434) area code.

Communities near Onan ...

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

  • Charlottesville
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
  • Staunton
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest)
  • Waynesboro
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest)
  • Grottoes
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the north)
  • Greenfield
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenfield
    • Greenfield is located in Nelson County
  • Batesville
    (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
  • Lodebar
    (5 miles [8 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lodebar
    • Lodebar is located in Nelson County
  • Yancey Mills
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Yancey Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yancey Mills
    • Yancey Mills is located in Albemarle County
  • Lyndhurst
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
  • Nellysford
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)

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 Onan. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Onan.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Onan. 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 Onan.

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Onan ...

Looking for more information about Onan? 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.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Onan, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Onan.

Adding Onan to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Onan 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 Onan was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<5>

From that list, the Onan post office opened in 1882.

We also found Onan in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Onan.

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Virginia's counties, including Nelson, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Onan - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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