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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 Spec, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Spec and the surrounding area.

  • 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 Spec:
    • 37.454579, -79.771428
    • 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 Spec
  • 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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Spec ...

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.

  • Amsterdam [Botetourt County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Amsterdam have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amsterdam
    • Amsterdam [Botetourt County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the west of Spec
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amsterdam
  • Daleville [Botetourt County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Daleville have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Daleville
    • Daleville [Botetourt County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the west of Spec
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Daleville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Daleville<3>
  • Flatwoods [Botetourt County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flatwoods have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flatwoods
    • Flatwoods [Botetourt County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the northwest of Spec
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flatwoods
  • Heatherstone [Botetourt County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Heatherstone have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Heatherstone
    • Heatherstone [Botetourt County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the southwest of Spec
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Heatherstone
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    • Kyles Mills [Botetourt County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kyles Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kyles Mills
      • Kyles Mills [Botetourt County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the northwest of Spec
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kyles Mills
    • Laymantown [Botetourt County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Laymantown have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laymantown
      • Laymantown [Botetourt County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the southwest of Spec
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laymantown
    • Lynchburg Mines [Botetourt County] - Historic
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lynchburg Mines have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lynchburg Mines
      • Lynchburg Mines [Botetourt County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the southwest of Spec
    • Rainbow Forest [Botetourt County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rainbow Forest have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rainbow Forest
      • Rainbow Forest [Botetourt County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the southwest of Spec
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rainbow Forest
    • Springwood [Botetourt County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Springwood have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springwood
      • Springwood [Botetourt County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the north of Spec
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springwood
    • Stepping Stone [Botetourt County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stepping Stone have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stepping Stone
      • Stepping Stone [Botetourt County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the southwest of Spec
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stepping Stone
    • Trinity [Botetourt County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Trinity have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Trinity
      • Trinity [Botetourt County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the west of Spec
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trinity
    • Troutville [Botetourt County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Troutville
      • Troutville [Botetourt County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Spec
      • Estimated population in 2019: 427 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Troutville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Troutville<3>

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 Spec. 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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    • Walter Joseph Biggs, Jr.     (Artist)
      • Artist. He was born in Elliston (Virginia) on Friday June 4, 1886 and died in Roanoke (Virginia) on Sunday February 11, 1968 at the age of 81. He is buried at Sherwood Burial Park (Salem City, Virginia).
      • Elliston is located 30 miles [48.3 km] to the southwest of Spec.
      • Roanoke is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of Spec.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Walter Joseph Biggs, Jr.<4>
    • John Williams 'Johnny' Humphries     (Major League Baseball)
    • Mary Johnston     (Author)
      • Author. She was born in Buchanan (Virginia) on Monday November 21, 1870 and died in Warm Springs (Virginia) on Saturday May 9, 1936 at the age of 65. She is buried at Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia).
      • Buchanan is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast of Spec.
      • Warm Springs is located 40 miles [64.4 km] to the north of Spec.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Johnston<4>
    • Donald Wesley Reno     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Buffalo (South Carolina) on Sunday February 21, 1926 and died in Powhatan (Virginia) on Tueday October 16, 1984 at the age of 58. He is buried at Spring Hill Cemetery (Lynchburg City, Virginia).
      • Powhatan is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Spec.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Donald Wesley Reno<4>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Fincastle, which is the Seat of Botetourt County and lies just to the West Northwest.
    • Richmond, which is the State Capital of Virginia, lies 128 miles [206 km]<2> to the east (E). If you could drive a straight line from Spec to Richmond, with an average speed<5>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 178 miles [286.5 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 11 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,076 miles [9,778.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,781 miles [10,913 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,658 miles [7,496.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Virginia

About Botetourt County

About Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Botetourt County: www.co.botetourt.va.us/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Spec) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spec. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4546, Longitude: -79.7714       In this case, the coordinates for Spec have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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 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 Spec 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 309.567 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.132 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.371 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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