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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Afton.

This page contains four sections:

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Afton to:

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 139 miles [223.7 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Afton to Charleston, with an average speed<2>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 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 140 miles [225.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,974 miles [9,614.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,688 miles [10,763.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,564 miles [7,345 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Afton ...

We have found 33 communities that share the name Afton.

While the name Afton is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 33 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Barbour County

Our profile page for Afton, Barbour County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Barbour County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Arkansas

Fulton County

Our profile page for Afton, Fulton County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Fulton County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

California

Glenn County

Our profile page for Afton, Glenn County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,239 miles [3,603.3 km] to the West Northwest

San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Afton, San Bernardino County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,033 miles [3,271.8 km] to the West

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Delaware

New Castle County

Our profile page for Afton, New Castle County   [Map]
Distance: About 216 miles [347.6 km] to the East

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Georgia

Berrien County

Our profile page for Afton, Berrien County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Berrien County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Dawson County

Our profile page for Afton, Dawson County   [Map]
Distance: About 433 miles [696.8 km] to the Southwest

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Iowa

Union County

Our profile page for Afton, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 777 miles [1,250.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Marshall County

Our profile page for Afton, Marshall County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Marshall County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Sedgwick County

Our profile page for Afton, Sedgwick County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Sedgwick County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Sumner County

Our profile page for Afton, Sumner County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Sumner County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Louisiana

Madison Parish

Our profile page for Afton, Madison Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 822 miles [1,322.9 km] to the Southwest

Tensas Parish

Our profile page for Afton, Tensas Parish
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Tensas Parish, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Michigan

Charlevoix County

Our profile page for Afton, Charlevoix County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Charlevoix County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Cheboygan County

Our profile page for Afton, Cheboygan County   [Map]
Distance: About 475 miles [764.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Minnesota

Washington County

Our profile page for Afton, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 772 miles [1,242.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Nebraska

Frontier County

Our profile page for Afton, Frontier County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Frontier County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Nevada

Elko County

Our profile page for Afton, Elko County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,859 miles [2,991.8 km] to the West Northwest

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New Jersey

Morris County

Our profile page for Afton, Morris County   [Map]
Distance: About 284 miles [457.1 km] to the East Northeast

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New Mexico

Dona Ana County

Our profile page for Afton, Dona Ana County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,611 miles [2,592.7 km] to the West

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New York

Chenango County

Our profile page for Afton, Chenango County   [Map]
Distance: About 280 miles [450.6 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Warren County

Our profile page for Afton, Warren County   [Map]
Distance: About 232 miles [373.4 km] to the South Southeast

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Afton   [Map]
Distance: About 995 miles [1,601.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Clermont County

Our profile page for Afton, Clermont County   [Map]
Distance: About 245 miles [394.3 km] to the West

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Oklahoma

Ottawa County

Our profile page for Afton, Ottawa County   [Map]
Distance: About 859 miles [1,382.4 km] to the West

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South Dakota

Hyde County

Our profile page for Afton, Hyde County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Hyde County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Tennessee

Greene County

Our profile page for Afton, Greene County   [Map]
Distance: About 289 miles [465.1 km] to the Southwest

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Afton, Sullivan County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Sullivan County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Texas

Dickens County

Our profile page for Afton, Dickens County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,240 miles [1,995.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Chesterfield County

Our profile page for Afton, Chesterfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 185 miles [297.7 km] to the Southeast

Nelson County

Our profile page for Afton, Nelson County   [Map]
Distance: About 110 miles [177 km] to the South Southeast

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Wisconsin

Rock County

Our profile page for Afton, Rock County   [Map]
Distance: About 539 miles [867.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Wyoming

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Afton, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,637 miles [2,634.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Afton ...

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 talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Blooming Rose (MD)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast of Afton   [Map]
Cranesville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Elder Hill (MD)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Freeport   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Heathers Run   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Herring   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]
Kingwood   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lake Ford (MD)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Little Sandy   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Locust Grove (MD)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rockville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Salt Lick   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]
Sand Spring (MD)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sugar Valley   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Valley Point   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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 Afton. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the west of Afton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
 
Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the south of Afton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

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Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Preston County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Afton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Afton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Afton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5359, Longitude: -79.5387     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Afton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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.

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<3>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 Afton to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.351 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.198 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.549 degrees.

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<7>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 Afton 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.

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<8>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Afton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Afton.



 
 
 

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