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Boyds Ferry, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Charles Town [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies just to the North.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 211 miles [339.6 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Boyds Ferry 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 12 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 47 miles [75.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,920 miles [9,527.3 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 6,628 miles [10,666.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,504 miles [7,248.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Boyds Ferry ...

While the name Boyds Ferry is unique within West Virginia, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Leake County

Our profile page for Boyds Ferry, Leake County   [Map]
Distance: About 787 miles [1,266.6 km] to the West Southwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Boyds Ferry ...

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.

Castlemans Ferry (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest of Boyds Ferry   [Map]
Harmony (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Horse Shoe Curve (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Lewisville (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Longview (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Longwood (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Mechanicstown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Mechanicsville (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mountain Mission   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Murphys Corner (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Round Hill (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Spout Run (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Stringtown (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Sunny Ridge (VA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Treadwell (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Wheatland   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Boyds Ferry. 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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the north of Boyds Ferry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Belle Boyd<7>
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 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Boyds Ferry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Brown
Elizabeth Monroe
  First Lady to the Presidency of James Monroe. She was born in New York (New York) on Thursday June 30, 1768 and died in Aldie (Virginia) on Thursday September 23, 1830 at an age of 62. She was buried at Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia) [Map].

Aldie [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southeast of Boyds Ferry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elizabeth Monroe

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boyds Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1834, Longitude: -77.8514     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Boyds Ferry 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 Boyds Ferry 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 308.355 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.012 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.95 degrees.

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<7>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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