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Chestnut Ridge, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Chestnut Ridge 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 Chestnut Ridge 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 Ridge to:

  • Morgantown [Map], which is the Seat of Monongalia County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Chestnut Ridge to Morgantown, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 121 miles [194.7 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 152 miles [244.6 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 5,992 miles [9,643.2 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 6,706 miles [10,792.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,582 miles [7,374 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Chestnut Ridge ...

We have found 19 communities that share the name Chestnut Ridge.

While the name Chestnut Ridge is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 19 communities with the same name in the United States.

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Chestnut Ridge, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 565 miles [909.3 km] to the Southwest


Jackson County

Our profile page for Chestnut Ridge, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 325 miles [523 km] to the West


Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Chestnut Ridge, Anne Arundel County   [Map]
Distance: About 171 miles [275.2 km] to the East

Baltimore County

Our profile page for Chestnut Ridge, Baltimore County   [Map]
Distance: About 164 miles [263.9 km] to the East

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Chestnut Ridge, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 150 miles [241.4 km] to the East

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Sainte Genevieve County

Our profile page for Chestnut Ridge, Sainte Genevieve County   [Map]
Distance: About 578 miles [930.2 km] to the West

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New Jersey

Bergen County

Our profile page for Chestnut Ridge, Bergen County   [Map]
Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the East Northeast

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New York

Dutchess County

Our profile page for Chestnut Ridge, Dutchess County   [Map]
Distance: About 362 miles [582.6 km] to the East Northeast

Niagara County

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

Rockland County

Our profile page for Chestnut Ridge, Rockland County   [Map]
Distance: About 325 miles [523 km] to the East Northeast

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Yadkin County

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

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Trumbull County

Our profile page for Chestnut Ridge, Trumbull County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Trumbull County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Fayette County

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Distance: About 41 miles [66 km] to the North

Lancaster County

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Distance: About 188 miles [302.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Anderson County

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

Claiborne County

Our profile page for Chestnut Ridge, Claiborne County   [Map]
Distance: About 287 miles [461.9 km] to the Southwest

Greene County

Our profile page for Chestnut Ridge, Greene County   [Map]
Distance: About 273 miles [439.4 km] to the Southwest

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Chestnut Ridge, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 462 miles [743.5 km] to the Southwest

Loudon County

Our profile page for Chestnut Ridge, Loudon County   [Map]
Distance: About 348 miles [560.1 km] to the Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Chestnut Ridge ...

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   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast of Chestnut Ridge   [Map]
Fellowsville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Hardman   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Independence   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Israel   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Kanetown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Maple Run   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mountain View   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Oriole (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Scotch Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Threefork Bridge   -   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 Chestnut Ridge. 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 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Chestnut Ridge

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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Chestnut Ridge

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 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of Chestnut Ridge

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chestnut Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3840, Longitude: -79.8134     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chestnut Ridge 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 Ridge 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 309.525 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.372 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.724 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Chestnut Ridge 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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<8>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 Chestnut Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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