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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Fairmont [Map], which is the Seat of Marion County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 113 miles [181.9 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Samaria to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 166 miles [267.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,000 miles [9,656.1 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 6,714 miles [10,805.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,590 miles [7,386.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Samaria ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Samaria.

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Chilton County

Our profile page for Samaria, Chilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 586 miles [943.1 km] to the Southwest


Oneida County

Our profile page for Samaria, Oneida County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,687 miles [2,715 km] to the West Northwest


Johnson County

Our profile page for Samaria, Johnson County   [Map]
Distance: About 326 miles [524.6 km] to the West


Montgomery County

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

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Greenup County

Our profile page for Samaria, Greenup County   [Map]
Distance: About 170 miles [273.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Monroe County

Our profile page for Samaria, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 246 miles [395.9 km] to the Northwest

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Nash County

Our profile page for Samaria, Nash County   [Map]
Distance: About 268 miles [431.3 km] to the South Southeast

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South Carolina

Lexington County

Our profile page for Samaria, Lexington County   [Map]
Distance: About 396 miles [637.3 km] to the South Southwest

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Putnam County

Our profile page for Samaria, Putnam County   [Map]
Distance: About 378 miles [608.3 km] to the Southwest

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Navarro County

Our profile page for Samaria, Navarro County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,031 miles [1,659.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Samaria ...

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.

Dakota   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest of Samaria   [Map]
Forksburg   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Garden Village   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Graham Heights   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hebron   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Hillcrest   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hillview   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Hopewell   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Meadowdale   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Montana   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mount Harmony   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
New England   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Pettyjohn (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Shagtown   -   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 Samaria. 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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Samaria

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<8>
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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the north of Samaria

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Samaria. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4484, Longitude: -80.0576     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Samaria 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 Samaria 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 309.67 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.548 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.808 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 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 Samaria 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>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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