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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Moundsville [Map], which is the Seat of Marshall County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Andersonville to Moundsville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 115 miles [185.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 195 miles [313.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,004 miles [9,662.5 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 6,721 miles [10,816.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,596 miles [7,396.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Andersonville ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Andersonville.

While the name Andersonville is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Etowah County

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


Larimer County

Our profile page for Andersonville, Larimer County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,291 miles [2,077.7 km] to the West


Cherokee County

Our profile page for Andersonville, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 447 miles [719.4 km] to the South Southwest

Cobb County

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

Sumter County

Our profile page for Andersonville, Sumter County   [Map]
Distance: About 561 miles [902.8 km] to the South Southwest

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Delaware County

Our profile page for Andersonville, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 261 miles [420 km] to the West

Franklin County

Our profile page for Andersonville, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 254 miles [408.8 km] to the West

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Daviess County

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

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Oakland County

Our profile page for Andersonville, Oakland County   [Map]
Distance: About 255 miles [410.4 km] to the Northwest

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Fergus County

Our profile page for Andersonville, Fergus County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,518 miles [2,443 km] to the West Northwest

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Andersonville   [Map]
Distance: About 777 miles [1,250.5 km] to the Northeast

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Brown County

Our profile page for Andersonville, Brown County   [Map]
Distance: About 191 miles [307.4 km] to the West Southwest

Ross County

Our profile page for Andersonville, Ross County   [Map]
Distance: About 134 miles [215.7 km] to the West

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Anderson County

Our profile page for Andersonville, Anderson County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 389 miles [626 km] to the South Southwest

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Anderson County

Our profile page for Andersonville, Anderson County   [Map]
Distance: About 312 miles [502.1 km] to the Southwest

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Buckingham County

Our profile page for Andersonville, Buckingham County   [Map]
Distance: About 191 miles [307.4 km] to the Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Andersonville ...

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 Run   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest of Andersonville   [Map]
Bryan (PA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Deep Valley (PA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Georgetown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Howard (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Littleton   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Ned (PA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
New Freeport (PA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Quiet Dell (PA)   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Rocklick   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Rockport   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sandrock (PA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Windy Gap (PA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [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 Andersonville. 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.

Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Andersonville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster<9>
William Holmes McGuffey
  Author, educator. He was born in Claysville (Pennsylvania) on Tueday September 23, 1800 and died in Charlottesville (Virginia) on Sunday May 4, 1873 at an age of 72.

Claysville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of Andersonville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Holmes McGuffey

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Andersonville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.7801, Longitude: -80.5217     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Andersonville 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 Andersonville 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 309.94 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.905 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.896 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 Andersonville 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 Andersonville, 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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