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Chestnut Knob, West Virginia
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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Chestnut Knob to Princeton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 76 miles [122.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 233 miles [375 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,125 miles [9,857.2 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 6,834 miles [10,998.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,710 miles [7,580 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Chestnut Knob ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Chestnut Knob.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Chestnut Knob. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 1 communities in the United States - with 2 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


Henry County

Our profile page for Chestnut Knob, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 76 miles [122.3 km] to the Southeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Chestnut Knob ...

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.

Bozoo   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast of Chestnut Knob   [Map]
Cloverdale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Crumps Bottom   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
French (VA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Gray Sulphur Springs (VA) (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Hatcher   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hill Top   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Kellysville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Lick Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Narrows (VA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Peterstown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Rich Creek (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Speedway   -   6 miles [9.7 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 Chestnut Knob. 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.

Erwin Coolidge 'Bob' Porterfield
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Newport (Virginia) on Friday August 10, 1923 and died in Charlotte (North Carolina) on Monday April 28, 1980 at an age of 56. He was buried at Sharon Memorial Park (Mecklenburg County, North Carolina) [Map].

Newport [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the east of Chestnut Knob

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Erwin Coolidge 'Bob' Porterfield<7>

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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 Chestnut Knob. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Chestnut Knob) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chestnut Knob. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4060, Longitude: -80.9062     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chestnut Knob 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 Chestnut Knob 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 310.242 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.894 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.858 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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