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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Rock Oak, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Rock Oak and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Rock Oak:
    • 39.148439, -78.735850
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Rock Oak
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Rock Oak ...

We have found one communities that share the name Rock Oak.

Within West Virginia, the name Rock Oak is unique.

Beyond West Virginia, there is another community also named Rock Oak in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Ohio
      • Athens County
      • This community is historic<1> and although located in Athens County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Athens County community of Rock Oak.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rock Oak ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Bean Settlement [Hardy County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bean Settlement
    • Bean Settlement [Hardy County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the southwest of Rock Oak
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bean Settlement have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bean Settlement
  • Fort Run [Hardy County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Run
    • Fort Run [Hardy County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Rock Oak
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Run
  • Frenchburg [Hampshire County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frenchburg
    • Frenchburg [Hampshire County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the north of Rock Oak
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frenchburg have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frenchburg
  • Furnace [Hardy County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Furnace
    • Furnace [Hardy County] was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the southeast of Rock Oak
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Furnace have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Continue List   (8 more) ...
    • Inkerman [Hardy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Inkerman
      • Inkerman [Hardy County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the southwest of Rock Oak
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Inkerman have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Inkerman
    • Kirby [Hampshire County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kirby
      • Kirby [Hampshire County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the north of Rock Oak
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kirby have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kirby
    • Meadow [Hardy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meadow
      • Meadow [Hardy County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the west of Rock Oak
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meadow have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meadow
    • Needmore [Hardy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Needmore
      • Needmore [Hardy County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the south of Rock Oak
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Needmore have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Needmore
    • Pancake [Hampshire County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pancake
      • Pancake [Hampshire County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the northwest of Rock Oak
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pancake have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pancake
    • Sector [Hampshire County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sector
      • Sector [Hampshire County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the northwest of Rock Oak
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sector have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sector
    • Shanks [Hampshire County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shanks
      • Shanks [Hampshire County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the north of Rock Oak
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shanks have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shanks
    • Yellow Spring [Hampshire County]

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 Rock Oak. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • David Arthur 'Dave' Roberts     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Gallipolis (Ohio) on Monday September 11, 1944 and died in Short Gap (West Virginia) on Friday January 9, 2009 at the age of 64. He is buried at Frostburg Memorial Park (Allegany County, Maryland).
      • Short Gap is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the north of Rock Oak.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: David Arthur 'Dave' Roberts<5>

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Rock Oak and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Moorefield, which is the Seat of Hardy County and lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the west southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Rock Oak to Moorefield, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 165 miles [265.5 km] to the west southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 92 miles [148.1 km] to the east (E). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 6 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,958 miles [9,588.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,668 miles [10,731.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,544 miles [7,312.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a West Virginia Community

About Hardy County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Rock Oak. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Rock Oak, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Rock Oak) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Oak. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1484, Longitude: -78.7358       In this case, the coordinates for Rock Oak have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>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: findagrave.com.
<6>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.
<7>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 Rock Oak to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 308.886 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.61 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.342 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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