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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies just to the East.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 124 miles [199.6 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Browns Mill to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 154 miles [247.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,989 miles [9,638.4 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 6,703 miles [10,787.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,578 miles [7,367.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Browns Mill ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Browns Mill.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Browns Mill. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 11 communities in the United States - with 12 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Fulton County

Our profile page for Browns Mill, Fulton County   [Map]
Distance: About 472 miles [759.6 km] to the Southwest


Stephenson County

Our profile page for Browns Mill, Stephenson County   [Map]
Distance: About 541 miles [870.7 km] to the West Northwest


Cass County

Our profile page for Browns Mill, Cass County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Cass County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Ripley County

Our profile page for Browns Mill, Ripley County
Although located in Ripley County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Josephine County

Our profile page for Browns Mill, Josephine County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,255 miles [3,629.1 km] to the West Northwest

Linn County

Our profile page for Browns Mill, Linn County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Linn County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Berks County

Our profile page for Browns Mill, Berks County   [Map]
Distance: About 221 miles [355.7 km] to the East Northeast

Juniata County

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

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Rutherford County

Our profile page for Browns Mill, Rutherford County   [Map]
Distance: About 430 miles [692 km] to the West Southwest

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Essex County

Our profile page for Browns Mill, Essex County   [Map]
Distance: About 552 miles [888.4 km] to the Northeast

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Fairfax County

Our profile page for Browns Mill, Fairfax County   [Map]
Distance: About 140 miles [225.3 km] to the East Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Browns Mill ...

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.

Camp Ground   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast of Browns Mill   [Map]
Cascade   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Chestnut Ridge   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Gum Spring   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Herring   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Independence   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Kanes Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Masontown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Mountain View   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Oriole (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Reedsville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Threefork Bridge   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [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 Browns Mill. 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 12 miles [19.3 km] to the northwest of Browns Mill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
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 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest of Browns Mill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast of Browns Mill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Browns Mill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4795, Longitude: -79.8281     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Browns Mill 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 Browns Mill 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 309.529 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.392 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.696 degrees.

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<7>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 Browns Mill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Browns Mill 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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<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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