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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 Spotsylvania, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Spotsylvania 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 Spotsylvania:
    • 38.200965, -77.589154
    • 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 Spotsylvania
  • 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 Spotsylvania ...

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.

  • Carters Store [Spotsylvania County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carters Store have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carters Store
    • Carters Store [Spotsylvania County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the east of Spotsylvania
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carters Store
  • Chancellor [Spotsylvania County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chancellor have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chancellor
    • Chancellor [Spotsylvania County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the north of Spotsylvania
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chancellor
  • Chancellorsville [Spotsylvania County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chancellorsville have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chancellorsville
    • Chancellorsville [Spotsylvania County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the north of Spotsylvania
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chancellorsville
  • Cottage Green [Spotsylvania County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cottage Green have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottage Green
    • Cottage Green [Spotsylvania County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the northeast of Spotsylvania
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottage Green
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    • Five Mile Fork [Spotsylvania County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Five Mile Fork have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Five Mile Fork
      • Five Mile Fork [Spotsylvania County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the north of Spotsylvania
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Five Mile Fork
    • Fourmile Fork [Spotsylvania County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fourmile Fork have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fourmile Fork
      • Fourmile Fork [Spotsylvania County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Spotsylvania
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fourmile Fork
    • Hams Ford [Spotsylvania County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hams Ford have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hams Ford
      • Hams Ford [Spotsylvania County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the south of Spotsylvania
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hams Ford
    • Hazel Grove [Spotsylvania County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hazel Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hazel Grove
      • Hazel Grove [Spotsylvania County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the northwest of Spotsylvania
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hazel Grove
    • Margo [Spotsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Margo
      • Margo [Spotsylvania County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the west of Spotsylvania
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Margo
    • Mount Pleasant [Spotsylvania County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Pleasant have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Pleasant
      • Mount Pleasant [Spotsylvania County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Spotsylvania
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Pleasant
    • Old Trap [Spotsylvania County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Old Trap have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Old Trap
      • Old Trap [Spotsylvania County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Spotsylvania
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Old Trap
    • Olivers Corner [Spotsylvania County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Olivers Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olivers Corner
      • Olivers Corner [Spotsylvania County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the west of Spotsylvania
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olivers Corner
    • Post Oak [Spotsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Post Oak
      • Post Oak [Spotsylvania County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southwest of Spotsylvania
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Post Oak
    • Screamerville [Spotsylvania County] - Historic
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Screamerville. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Screamerville
      • Screamerville [Spotsylvania County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Spotsylvania
    • Shady Grove Corner [Spotsylvania County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shady Grove Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shady Grove Corner
      • Shady Grove Corner [Spotsylvania County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the west of Spotsylvania
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shady Grove Corner
    • Todds Tavern [Spotsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Todds Tavern
      • Todds Tavern [Spotsylvania County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northwest of Spotsylvania
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Todds Tavern

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 Spotsylvania. 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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    • Ellen Arthur     (Wife President of Chester A. Arthur (1881 - 1885) - she died a year before he began his Presidency)
      • Wife President of Chester A. Arthur (1881 - 1885) - she died a year before he began his Presidency. She was born in Culpeper (Virginia) on Wednesday August 30, 1837 and died in New York (New York) on Monday January 12, 1880 at the age of 42. She is buried at Albany Rural Cemetery (Albany County, New York).
      • Culpeper is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Spotsylvania.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ellen Arthur<4>
    • John Wilkes Booth     (Presidental assassin, actor)
      • Presidental assassin, actor. He was born in Bel Air (Maryland) on Wednesday January 10, 1838 and died in Port Royal (Virginia) on Wednesday April 26, 1865 at the age of 27. He is buried at Green Mount Cemetery (Baltimore City, Maryland).
      • Port Royal is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Spotsylvania.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Wilkes Booth<4>
    • James Madison     (4th President of the US (1809 - 1817))
      • 4th President of the US (1809 - 1817). He was born in Port Conway (Virginia) on Tueday March 16, 1751 and died in Montpelier Station (Virginia) on Tueday June 28, 1836 at the age of 85.
      • Port Conway is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Spotsylvania.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Madison<4>
    • 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 (Virginia) on Wednesday November 24, 1784 and died in Washington, DC on Tueday July 9, 1850 at the age of 65. He is buried at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery (Jefferson County, Kentucky).
      • Orange is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the west of Spotsylvania.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Zachary Taylor<4>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Richmond, which is the State Capital of Virginia, lies 46 miles [74 km]<2> to the south (S). If you could walk a straight line from Spotsylvania to Richmond, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 56 miles [90.1 km] to the north northeast (NNE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,951 miles [9,577.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,654 miles [10,708.6 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,531 miles [7,291.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Spotsylvania County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Spotsylvania County: www.spotsylvania.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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Spotsylvania) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spotsylvania. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2010, Longitude: -77.5892       In this case, the coordinates for Spotsylvania have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<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 Spotsylvania 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 308.254 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 303.747 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.207 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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