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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Martinsburg [Map], which is the Seat of Berkeley County, lies just to the South.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 213 miles [342.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Allensville to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 13 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 69 miles [111 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,908 miles [9,508 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 6,619 miles [10,652.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,494 miles [7,232.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Allensville ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Allensville.

While the name Allensville is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Forsyth County

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


Switzerland County

Our profile page for Allensville, Switzerland County   [Map]
Distance: About 378 miles [608.3 km] to the West


Clark County

Our profile page for Allensville, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 350 miles [563.3 km] to the West Southwest

Todd County

Our profile page for Allensville, Todd County   [Map]
Distance: About 530 miles [853 km] to the West Southwest

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Person County

Our profile page for Allensville, Person County   [Map]
Distance: About 225 miles [362.1 km] to the South Southwest

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Vinton County

Our profile page for Allensville, Vinton County   [Map]
Distance: About 246 miles [395.9 km] to the West

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Our profile page for Allensville   [Map]
Distance: About 397 miles [638.9 km] to the North

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Mifflin County

Our profile page for Allensville, Mifflin County   [Map]
Distance: About 66 miles [106.2 km] to the North

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Sevier County

Our profile page for Allensville, Sevier County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 392 miles [630.9 km] to the Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Allensville ...

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.

Big Pool (MD)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest of Allensville   [Map]
Big Spring (MD)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Cherry Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Ernstville (MD)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Four Locks (MD)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Georgetown   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Green Spring Furnace (MD)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Greenspring Hill (MD)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hedgesville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Indian Springs (MD)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Little Georgetown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Mountain Vistas (MD)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Runners Ferry   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Spring Mills   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Tomahawk   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Two Locks (MD)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [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 Allensville. 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.

Belle Boyd
  Civil war Confederate spy. She was born in Martinsburg (West Virginia) on Thursday May 9, 1844 and died in Wisconsin Dells (Wisconsin) on Monday June 11, 1900 at an age of 56. She was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery (Columbia County, Wisconsin) [Map].

Martinsburg [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the south of Allensville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Belle Boyd<9>
John Brown
  Abolitionist, activist. He was born in Torrington (Connecticut) on Friday May 9, 1800 and died in Charles Town (West Virginia) on Friday December 2, 1859 at an age of 59.

Charles Town [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the south of Allensville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Brown
James Buchanan
  15th President of the US (1857 - 1861). He was born in Cove Gap (Pennsylvania) on Saturday April 23, 1791 and died in Lancaster (Pennsylvania) on Monday June 1, 1868 at an age of 77. He was buried at Woodward Hill Cemetery (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Cove Gap [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Allensville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Buchanan
Jane Harrison
  Daughter-in-law of William Harrison - since his wife Anna Harrison was too ill to travel, Jane served as the de facto First Lady for the Harrison Presidency. She was born in Mercersburg (Pennsylvania) on Monday July 23, 1804 and died on Monday May 11, 1846 at an age of 41.

Mercersburg [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Allensville

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Allensville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5832, Longitude: -77.9931     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Allensville 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 Allensville 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 308.416 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.142 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.859 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 Allensville 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 Allensville, 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:

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