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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Amelia to ...

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Amelia to Charleston, with an average speed<2> 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 five to six hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). The buggy would take five to six hours and walking would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 233 miles [375 km] to the East (E). 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<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,102 miles [9,820.2 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 6,815 miles [10,967.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,691 miles [7,549.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Amelia ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Amelia.

While the name Amelia is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Mississippi County

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


Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Amelia, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 718 miles [1,155.5 km] to the South


Knott County

Our profile page for Amelia, Knott County   [Map]
Distance: About 115 miles [185.1 km] to the Southwest


Saint Mary Parish

Our profile page for Amelia, Saint Mary Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 817 miles [1,314.8 km] to the Southwest

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Holt County

Our profile page for Amelia, Holt County   [Map]
Distance: About 965 miles [1,553 km] to the West Northwest

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Alleghany County

Our profile page for Amelia, Alleghany County   [Map]
Distance: About 120 miles [193.1 km] to the South

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Clermont County

Our profile page for Amelia, Clermont County   [Map]
Distance: About 165 miles [265.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Malheur County

Our profile page for Amelia, Malheur County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,913 miles [3,078.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Amelia, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 928 miles [1,493.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Amelia County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Amelia ...

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.

Acup   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest of Amelia   [Map]
Carbondale   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Cedar Grove   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Crescent   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Crown Hill   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Dixie   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Glasgow   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Glen   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Hollygrove   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Independence   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Jodie   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
London   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Longacre   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Mammoth   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pond Fork   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Pond Gap   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Quick   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Spangler   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Amelia. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the west of Amelia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Amelia. 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' (or point-to-point) distance from Amelia. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Amelia) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Amelia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2893, Longitude: -81.2959     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Amelia 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 Amelia 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 310.459 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.273 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.738 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 Amelia 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>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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