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Chesapeake, West Virginia
(Marion County)

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Fairmont [Map], which is the Seat of Marion County, lies just to the South Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 112 miles [180.2 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Chesapeake 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 171 miles [275.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,001 miles [9,657.7 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 6,716 miles [10,808.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,591 miles [7,388.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Chesapeake ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Chesapeake.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Chesapeake. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 5 communities in the United States - with 6 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


Cecil County

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


Lawrence County

Our profile page for Chesapeake, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 750 miles [1,207 km] to the West


Lawrence County

Our profile page for Chesapeake, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 144 miles [231.7 km] to the West Southwest


Chesapeake City

Our profile page for Chesapeake, Chesapeake City   [Map]
Distance: About 285 miles [458.7 km] to the Southeast

Northampton County

Our profile page for Chesapeake, Northampton County   [Map]
Distance: About 273 miles [439.4 km] to the East Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Chesapeake ...

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.

Barrackville   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest of Chesapeake   [Map]
Dakota   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Garden Village   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Graham Heights   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Grant Town   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Hillcrest   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Hopewell   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Katy   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Meadowdale   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Montana   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mount Harmony   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
New England   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Paw Paw   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Pettyjohn (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Pleasant View   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Shagtown   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]

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About Marion County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chesapeake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5070, Longitude: -80.1520     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake 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 309.725 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.619 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.829 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 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 Chesapeake 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Chesapeake.