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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 Abney, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Abney 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 Abney:
    • 37.688449, -81.203989
    • 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 Abney
  • 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 Abney ...

We have found four communities that share the name Abney.

Within West Virginia, the name Abney is unique.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another four communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these four communities, three are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Louisiana
      • Saint Tammany Parish
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Louisiana community of Abney [Saint Tammany Parish].
    • Mississippi
      • Itawamba County
      • This Abney is located in Itawamba County and lies 472 miles [759.6 km]<2> to the west southwest of the Abney that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Abney
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Itawamba County community of Abney.
    • Prince Edward Island
      • This Abney lies 1,112 miles [1,789.6 km]<2> to the northeast of the Abney that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Abney
    • South Carolina
      • Kershaw County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the South Carolina community of Abney [Kershaw County].

Curious and Interesting Names Near Abney ...

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.

  • Affinity [Raleigh County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Affinity
    • Affinity [Raleigh County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the northwest of Abney
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Affinity have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Affinity
  • Big Stick [Raleigh County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Stick
    • Big Stick [Raleigh County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the west of Abney
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Big Stick have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Stick
  • Blue Jay [Raleigh County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blue Jay
    • Blue Jay [Raleigh County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the northeast of Abney
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blue Jay have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blue Jay
  • Cedar [Raleigh County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar
    • Cedar [Raleigh County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the north of Abney
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar
  • Continue List   (11 more) ...
    • Coal City [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coal City
      • Coal City [Raleigh County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the southwest of Abney
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coal City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coal City
    • Crab Orchard [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crab Orchard
      • Crab Orchard [Raleigh County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the north of Abney
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crab Orchard have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crab Orchard
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Crab Orchard<4>
    • Glen View [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen View
      • Glen View [Raleigh County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Abney
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glen View have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glen View
    • Jonben [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jonben
      • Jonben [Raleigh County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the south of Abney
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jonben have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jonben
    • Josephine [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Josephine
      • Josephine [Raleigh County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the south of Abney
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Josephine have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Josephine
    • Lego [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lego
      • Lego [Raleigh County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southwest of Abney
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lego have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lego
    • Lillybrook [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lillybrook
      • Lillybrook [Raleigh County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the south of Abney
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lillybrook have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lillybrook
    • Princewick [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Princewick
      • Princewick [Raleigh County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the southwest of Abney
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Princewick
    • Spangler Factory [Raleigh County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spangler Factory
      • Spangler Factory [Raleigh County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the north of Abney
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spangler Factory have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Winding Gulf [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winding Gulf
      • Winding Gulf [Raleigh County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the west of Abney
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winding Gulf have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winding Gulf
    • Woodpeck [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodpeck
      • Woodpeck [Raleigh County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the northeast of Abney
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodpeck have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodpeck

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 Abney. 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 ...
    • Earl Coleman Francis     (Major League Baseball)
    • Alex Hawkins     (Professional football)
      • Full name: Clifton Alexander Hawkins
      • Professional football. He was born in Welch (WV) on July 2, 1937 (a Friday) and died in Columbia (SC) on September 12, 2017 (a Tueday) at the age of 80. We don't have any burial details.
      • Welch is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Abney.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins<5>
    • Joe Stydahar     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Kaylor (PA) on March 17, 1912 (a Sunday) and died in Beckley (WV) on March 23, 1977 (a Wednesday) at the age of 65. He is buried at Shinnston Memorial Cemetery (Harrison County, West Virginia).
      • Beckley is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the north of Abney.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Stydahar<5>

How Far From Abney to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Abney to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Beckley, which is the Seat of Raleigh County and lies just to the North.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 51 miles [82.1 km]<2> to the north northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Abney to Charleston, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three 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 240 miles [386.2 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,125 miles [9,857.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,836 miles [11,001.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,711 miles [7,581.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Raleigh County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Abney could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<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- Abney) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Abney. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6884, Longitude: -81.2040       In this case, the coordinates for Abney have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>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.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>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.
<6>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.
<7>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 Abney to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.415 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.134 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.893 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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