RoadsideThoughts
A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada
Community
Index
State
Index
Province
Index
County
Index
State
Quarters
 
Sitemap
     

Vontay, Virginia

Community
Profile
Nearby Census Genealogy
Helper
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Trivia
Local
Newspapers
TripAdvisor
Links
Interactive
Map
Other VA
Communities













Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Vontay, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Vontay 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 Vontay:
    • 37.757713, -77.750485
    • 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 Vontay
  • 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 Vontay ...

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.

  • Fords [Goochland County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fords
    • Fords [Goochland County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Vontay
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fords have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fords
  • Fox Downs [Goochland County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fox Downs
    • Fox Downs [Goochland County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Vontay
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fox Downs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fox Downs
  • Holly Grove [Louisa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holly Grove
    • Holly Grove [Louisa County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Vontay
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holly Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holly Grove
  • Horsepen Hills [Goochland County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horsepen Hills
    • Horsepen Hills [Goochland County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Vontay
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Horsepen Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Horsepen Hills
  • Continue List   (8 more) ...
    • Oilville [Goochland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oilville
      • Oilville [Goochland County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Vontay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oilville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oilville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oilville<3>
    • Pickels [Goochland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pickels
      • Pickels [Goochland County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Vontay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pickels have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pickels
    • Poplar Forest [Goochland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Poplar Forest
      • Poplar Forest [Goochland County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Vontay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Poplar Forest have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Poplar Forest
    • Rockville [Hanover County]
    • Smokey Hollow [Goochland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smokey Hollow
      • Smokey Hollow [Goochland County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Vontay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smokey Hollow have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smokey Hollow
    • Three Oaks [Goochland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Three Oaks
      • Three Oaks [Goochland County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Vontay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Three Oaks have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Three Oaks
    • Wheatlands [Goochland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wheatlands
      • Wheatlands [Goochland County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Vontay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wheatlands have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wheatlands
    • Windy Run [Goochland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Windy Run
      • Windy Run [Goochland County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Vontay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Windy Run have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Windy Run

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 Vontay. 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 ...
    • Edmund Archer     (Artist)
      • Artist. He was born in Richmond (VA) on September 28, 1904 (a Wednesday) and died in Richmond (VA) on July 13, 1986 (a Sunday) at the age of 81. He is buried at Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia).
      • Richmond is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Vontay.
      • Richmond is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Vontay.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edmund Archer<4>
    • Clarence H. Bassett     (Singer)
    • John Joseph 'Joe' Boehling     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Richmond (VA) on March 20, 1891 (a Friday) and died in Richmond (VA) on September 8, 1941 (a Monday) at the age of 50. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia).
      • Richmond is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Vontay.
      • Richmond is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Vontay.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Joseph 'Joe' Boehling<4>
    • Jim Bridger     (Frontiersman, explorer)
    • John Mitchell Brooks     (Civil rights activist)
      • Civil rights activist. He was born in Braddock (PA) on September 1, 1917 (a Saturday) and died in Richmond (VA) on August 8, 1980 (a Friday) at the age of 62. He is buried at Riverview Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia).
      • Richmond is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Vontay.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Mitchell Brooks<4>
    • James Branch Cabell     (Author)
      • Author. He was born in Richmond (VA) on April 14, 1879 (a Monday) and died in Richmond (VA) on May 5, 1958 (a Monday) at the age of 79. He is buried at Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia).
      • Richmond is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Vontay.
      • Richmond is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Vontay.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Branch Cabell<4>
    • Edith Elliott Lindeman Calisch     (Journalist, lyricist)
    • Alan Campbell     (Screenwriter, actor)
      • Screenwriter, actor. He was born in Richmond (VA) on February 21, 1904 (a Sunday) and died in West Hollywood (CA) on June 14, 1963 (a Friday) at the age of 59. He is buried at Hebrew Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia).
      • Richmond is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Vontay.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alan Campbell<4>
    • Arthur Dawson     (Artist)
      • Artist. He was born in Crewe (England) on March 9, 1858 (a Tueday) and died in Richmond (VA) on August 22, 1922 (a Tueday) at the age of 64. He is buried at Riverview Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia).
      • Richmond is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Vontay.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Arthur Dawson<4>
    • Thomas A. 'Tommy' Eldridge     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Richmond (VA) on October 23, 1940 (a Wednesday) and died in Richmond (VA) on June 19, 2000 (a Monday) at the age of 59. He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia).
      • Richmond is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Vontay.
      • Richmond is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Vontay.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas A. 'Tommy' Eldridge<4>
    • Douglas Southall Freeman     (Author, historian)
    • Charles Gilpin     (Actor)
    • Ellen Glasgow     (Pulitzer Prize winning author)
      • Pulitzer Prize winning author. She was born in Richmond (VA) on April 22, 1873 (a Tueday) and died in Richmond (VA) on November 21, 1945 (a Wednesday) at the age of 72. She is buried at Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia).
      • Richmond is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Vontay.
      • Richmond is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Vontay.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ellen Glasgow<4>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Hanover, which is the Seat of Hanover County and lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the east. If you could walk a straight line from Vontay to Hanover, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
    • Richmond, which is the State Capital of Virginia, lies 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast (SE). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just over a day.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 87 miles [140 km] to the north northeast (NNE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,976 miles [9,617.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,678 miles [10,747.2 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,556 miles [7,332.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Virginia

About Hanover County

About Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Hanover County: www.co.hanover.va.us/

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Vontay) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Vontay. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from VontayOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vontay. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7577, Longitude: -77.7505    
<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>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 Vontay 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 308.371 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 303.812 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.436 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


Home
Page
Sitemap Privacy
Statement
Terms
of Use
Feedback

 

 

Copyright 2020
All Rights Reserved

Please keep in mind that we can not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information on this website, so use with care. We encourage you to double-check the information that is critical to you.

If you've found an error or have additional information that you would like to share, please don't hesitate to write. Click here to contact us.

This page was last modified: 19 Jul 2022