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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 South Boston, we use the following websites to find information relevant to South Boston 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 South Boston:
    • 36.714354, -78.911811
    • 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 South Boston
  • 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 South Boston ...

We have found two communities that share the name South Boston.

Within Virginia, the name South Boston is unique.

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

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Indiana
      • Washington County
      • This South Boston is located in Washington County and lies 407 miles [655 km]<1> to the west northwest of the South Boston that is located in Halifax County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Boston
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Washington County community of South Boston.
    • Massachusetts
      • Suffolk County
      • This South Boston is located in Suffolk County and lies 570 miles [917.3 km]<1> to the northeast of the South Boston that is located in Halifax County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Boston
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Suffolk County community of South Boston.

Curious and Interesting Names Near South Boston ...

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.

  • Cedar Grove [Halifax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Grove
    • Cedar Grove [Halifax County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of South Boston
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Grove
  • Centerville [Halifax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Centerville
    • Centerville [Halifax County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the north of South Boston
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Centerville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Centerville
  • Cluster Springs [Halifax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cluster Springs
    • Cluster Springs [Halifax County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cluster Springs
  • Five Forks [Halifax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Five Forks
    • Five Forks [Halifax County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of South Boston
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Five Forks have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Five Forks
  • Continue List   (7 more) ...
    • Jones [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jones
      • Jones [Halifax County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jones
    • Marsailles [Halifax County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marsailles
      • Marsailles [Halifax County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marsailles have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Mountain Road [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain Road
      • Mountain Road [Halifax County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mountain Road have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain Road
    • Piney Grove [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piney Grove
      • Piney Grove [Halifax County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Piney Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piney Grove
    • Terrys Corner [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Terrys Corner
      • Terrys Corner [Halifax County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Terrys Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Terrys Corner
    • Wolf Trap [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wolf Trap
      • Wolf Trap [Halifax County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wolf Trap have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wolf Trap
    • Woodlawn Park [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodlawn Park
      • Woodlawn Park [Halifax County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodlawn Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodlawn Park

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 South Boston. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • Charlie 'Tinker' Leigh, Sr.     (Professional football)
    • Janis Martin     (Musician)
      • Musician. She was born in Sutherlin (VA) on March 27, 1940 (a Wednesday) and died in Durham (NC) on September 3, 2007 (a Monday) at the age of 67. She is buried at Highland Burial Park (Danville City, Virginia).
      • Sutherlin is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the west of South Boston.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Janis Martin<3>
    • Charles Thomas Pick     (Major League Baseball)

How Far From South Boston 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 town such as South Boston to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Halifax, which is the Seat of Halifax County and lies just to the North Northwest.
    • Richmond, which is the State Capital of Virginia, lies 99 miles [159.3 km]<1> to the northeast (NE). If you could drive a straight line from South Boston to Richmond, with an average speed<4>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take three full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 182 miles [292.9 km] to the north northeast (NNE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
    • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,071 miles [9,770.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,771 miles [10,896.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,650 miles [7,483.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Virginia

About Halifax County

About Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for South Boston: www.southboston.com/

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' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- South Boston) 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 South Boston. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from South BostonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Boston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.7144, Longitude: -78.9118       In this case, the coordinates for South Boston have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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 have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>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.
<4>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.
<5>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 South Boston to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.085 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.47 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.27 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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