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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Logan [Map], which is the Seat of Logan County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 39 miles [62.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). If you could walk a straight line from Orville to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 273 miles [439.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,148 miles [9,894.2 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 6,861 miles [11,041.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,736 miles [7,621.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Orville ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Orville.

While the name Orville is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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La Paz County

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


Henry County

Our profile page for Orville, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 169 miles [272 km] to the West Northwest


East Feliciana Parish

Our profile page for Orville, East Feliciana Parish
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in East Feliciana Parish, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


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

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Antrim County

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

Mackinac County

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

Saginaw County

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

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Mecklenburg County

Our profile page for Orville, Mecklenburg County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 195 miles [313.8 km] to the South Southeast

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Marion County

Our profile page for Orville, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,168 miles [3,489.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Allegheny County

Our profile page for Orville, Allegheny County   [Map]
Distance: About 220 miles [354.1 km] to the North Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Orville ...

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.

Argyle   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast of Orville   [Map]
Chambers   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Crown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Ethel   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Freeze Fork   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Red Campbell   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rum Junction   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Sovereign   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sunbeam   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Wanda   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Orville. 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.

William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
  Folk figure. He was born in Logan (West Virginia) on Monday September 9, 1839 and died in Stirrat (West Virginia) on Friday January 7, 1921 at an age of 81. He was buried at Hatfield Family Cemetery (Logan County, West Virginia) [Map].

Logan [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest of Orville

Stirrat [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest of Orville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Orville. 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 'point-to-point' distance starting in Orville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Orville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8143, Longitude: -81.8921     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orville 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 Orville 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 310.827 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.624 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.145 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 Orville, 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 Orville 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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