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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Berkeley Springs [Map], which is the Seat of Morgan County, lies just to the South Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 204 miles [328.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Burnt Factory 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 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 81 miles [130.4 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,914 miles [9,517.7 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 6,625 miles [10,661.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,501 miles [7,243.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Burnt Factory ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Burnt Factory.

While the name Burnt Factory is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

South Carolina

Marlboro County

Our profile page for Burnt Factory, Marlboro County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 353 miles [568.1 km] to the South Southwest

Spartanburg County

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

Virginia

Frederick County

Our profile page for Burnt Factory, Frederick County   [Map]
Distance: About 32 miles [51.5 km] to the South Southeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Burnt Factory ...

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.

Bath   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest of Burnt Factory   [Map]
Dogtown (PA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Forest Park (MD)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Harvey (MD)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Jimtown   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Ridersville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Roundtop (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Shady Grove   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Sir Johns Run   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Stanley (MD)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Timber Ridge Heights (MD)   -   5 miles [8 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 Burnt Factory. 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 18 miles [29 km] to the southeast of Burnt Factory

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Belle Boyd<9>
 
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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northeast of Burnt Factory

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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northeast of Burnt Factory

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Burnt Factory. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.6559, Longitude: -78.2086     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Burnt Factory 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 Burnt Factory 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 308.541 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.296 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.925 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 Burnt Factory, 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek 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 Burnt Factory 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: findagrave.com.

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