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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 Sanford, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Sanford and the surrounding area.

  • 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 Sanford:
    • 39.519528, -80.127021
    • 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 Sanford
  • 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 Sanford ...

We have found 26 communities that share the name Sanford.

Within West Virginia, the name Sanford is unique.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another 26 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 26 communities, 24 are located in the United States and two are in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Covington County
      • This Sanford is located in Covington County and lies 667 miles [1,073.4 km]<1> to the southwest of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Covington County community of Sanford.
    • California
      • Los Angeles County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the California community of Sanford [Los Angeles County].
    • Colorado
      • Conejos County
      • This Sanford is located in Conejos County and lies 1,398 miles [2,249.9 km]<1> to the west of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Conejos County community of Sanford.
    • Connecticut
      • Fairfield County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Connecticut community of Sanford [Fairfield County].
    • Florida
      • Orange County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Florida community of Sanford [Orange County].
      • Seminole County
      • This Sanford is located in Seminole County and lies 742 miles [1,194.1 km]<1> to the south of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Seminole County community of Sanford.
    • Georgia
      • Madison County
      • This Sanford is located in Madison County and lies 415 miles [667.9 km]<1> to the south southwest of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Madison County community of Sanford.
      • Stewart County
      • This Sanford is located in Stewart County and lies 586 miles [943.1 km] to the south southwest of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Stewart County community of Sanford.
    • Kansas
      • Pawnee County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Sanford [Pawnee County].
      • Phillips County
      • This community is historic and although located in Phillips County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Phillips County community of Sanford.
      • Shawnee County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Sanford [Shawnee County].
    • Maine
      • York County
      • This Sanford is located in York County and lies 553 miles [890 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the York County community of Sanford.
    • Manitoba
      • This Sanford lies 1,100 miles [1,770.3 km]<1> to the northwest of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
    • Maryland
      • Montgomery County
      • This Sanford is located in Montgomery County and lies 168 miles [270.4 km]<1> to the east of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Montgomery County community of Sanford.
    • Michigan
      • Midland County
      • This Sanford is located in Midland County and lies 361 miles [581 km]<1> to the northwest of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Midland County community of Sanford.
    • Mississippi
      • Covington County
      • This Sanford is located in Covington County and lies 761 miles [1,224.7 km]<1> to the southwest of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Covington County community of Sanford.
    • New York
      • Allegany County
      • This Sanford is located in Allegany County and lies 198 miles [318.7 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Allegany County community of Sanford.
      • Broome County
      • This Sanford is located in Broome County and lies 301 miles [484.4 km] to the northeast of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Broome County community of Sanford.
    • North Carolina
      • Lee County
      • This Sanford is located in Lee County and lies 283 miles [455.4 km]<1> to the south of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lee County community of Sanford.
      • Moore County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the North Carolina community of Sanford [Moore County].
    • Pennsylvania
      • Warren County
      • This Sanford is located in Warren County and lies 158 miles [254.3 km]<1> to the north of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Warren County community of Sanford.
    • Quebec
      • This Sanford lies 677 miles [1,089.5 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
    • South Carolina
      • Horry County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the South Carolina community of Sanford [Horry County].
    • Tennessee
      • McMinn County
      • This Sanford is located in McMinn County and lies 382 miles [614.8 km]<1> to the southwest of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the McMinn County community of Sanford.
    • Texas
      • Hutchinson County
      • This Sanford is located in Hutchinson County and lies 1,197 miles [1,926.4 km]<1> to the west of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hutchinson County community of Sanford.
    • Virginia
      • Accomack County
      • This Sanford is located in Accomack County and lies 264 miles [424.9 km]<1> to the east southeast of the Sanford that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Accomack County community of Sanford.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sanford ...

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.

  • Barrackville [Marion County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Barrackville
    • Barrackville [Marion County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Sanford
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,270 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Barrackville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Barrackville
  • Dakota [Marion County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dakota
    • Dakota [Marion County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southwest of Sanford
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dakota have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dakota
  • Garden Village [Marion County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garden Village
    • Garden Village [Marion County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Sanford
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Garden Village have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Garden Village
  • Graham Heights [Marion County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Graham Heights
    • Graham Heights [Marion County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Sanford
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Graham Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Graham Heights
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    • Grant Town [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grant Town
      • Grant Town [Marion County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Sanford
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 590 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grant Town have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grant Town
    • Hillcrest [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillcrest
      • Hillcrest [Marion County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Sanford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillcrest have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillcrest
    • Hoodsville [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hoodsville
      • Hoodsville [Marion County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Sanford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hoodsville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hoodsville
    • Hopewell [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hopewell
      • Hopewell [Marion County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Sanford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hopewell have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hopewell
    • Jordan [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jordan
      • Jordan [Marion County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Sanford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jordan have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jordan
    • Meadowdale [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meadowdale
      • Meadowdale [Marion County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Sanford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meadowdale have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meadowdale
    • Montana [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montana
      • Montana [Marion County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the east of Sanford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Montana have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montana
    • Mount Harmony [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Harmony
      • Mount Harmony [Marion County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Sanford
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Harmony
    • Paw Paw [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paw Paw
      • Paw Paw [Marion County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Sanford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paw Paw have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paw Paw
    • Pettyjohn [Marion County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pettyjohn
      • Pettyjohn [Marion County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Sanford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pettyjohn have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Pleasant View [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant View
      • Pleasant View [Marion County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of Sanford
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant View
    • Shagtown [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shagtown
      • Shagtown [Marion County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Sanford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shagtown have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shagtown

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 Sanford. 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.

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    • Reverend Robert S. Graetz     (Minister, activist)
      • Minister, activist. He was born in Clarksburg (West Virginia) on Wednesday May 16, 1928 and died in Montgomery (Alabama) on Sunday September 20, 2020 at the age of 92. We don't have any burial details.
      • Clarksburg is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest of Sanford.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Reverend Robert S. Graetz<5>
    • Charles Cloyd 'Chuck' Hostetler     (Major League Baseball)
    • Don Knotts     (Comedian, actor)
      • 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 the age of 81. He is buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Morgantown is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northeast of Sanford.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<5>
    • Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at the age of 69. The body was cremated.
      • Fairchance is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the north of Sanford.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster<5>

How Far From Sanford to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Sanford to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Fairmont, which is the Seat of Marion County and lies just to the South Southwest.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 114 miles [183.5 km]<1> to the southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Sanford to Charleston, with an average speed<6>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) is 170 miles [273.6 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<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,999 miles [9,654.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,714 miles [10,805.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,590 miles [7,386.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Marion County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marion County: www.marioncountywv.com/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sanford) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sanford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5195, Longitude: -80.1270       In this case, the coordinates for Sanford have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Sanford 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.
<3>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 Sanford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<4>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.
<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 Sanford 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 309.71 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.603 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.813 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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