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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Ripley [Map], which is the Seat of Jackson County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Plum Orchard to Ripley, 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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the South (S). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 247 miles [397.5 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, 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 6,097 miles [9,812.2 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 6,812 miles [10,962.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,688 miles [7,544.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Plum Orchard ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Plum Orchard.

While the name Plum Orchard is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Wakulla County

Our profile page for Plum Orchard, Wakulla County   [Map]
Distance: About 607 miles [976.9 km] to the South Southwest


Newton County

Our profile page for Plum Orchard, Newton County   [Map]
Distance: About 375 miles [603.5 km] to the South Southwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Plum Orchard ...

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.

Advent   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast of Plum Orchard   [Map]
Edgar (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Emma   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Fairplain   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Flatfork   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Flint Town   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Gay   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Geneva   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Goldtown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
July (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Mount Tell   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Parchment Valley   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Red Knob   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Romance   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Salt Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Skidmore   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Vicars   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Young   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [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 Plum Orchard. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Plum Orchard

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<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 beginning in Plum Orchard. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Plum Orchard) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Plum Orchard. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7054, Longitude: -81.6268     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Plum Orchard 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 Plum Orchard 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 310.65 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.553 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.746 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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