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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Scotch Hill to Kingwood, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 118 miles [189.9 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 155 miles [249.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,995 miles [9,648 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 6,709 miles [10,797.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,584 miles [7,377.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Scotch Hill ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Scotch Hill.

While the name Scotch Hill is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

New York

Otsego County

Our profile page for Scotch Hill, Otsego County   [Map]
Distance: About 338 miles [544 km] to the Northeast

Nova Scotia

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

Pennsylvania

Clarion County

Our profile page for Scotch Hill, Clarion County   [Map]
Distance: About 138 miles [222.1 km] to the North Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Scotch Hill ...

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.

Chestnut Ridge   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East of Scotch Hill   [Map]
Dent   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Fellowsville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hardman   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Independence   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Israel   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Kanetown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Knottsville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Maple Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mountain View   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Oriole (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Threefork Bridge   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [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 Scotch Hill. 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 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Scotch Hill

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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the north of Scotch Hill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
 
Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southeast of Scotch Hill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that starts in Scotch Hill. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Scotch Hill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Scotch Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3743, Longitude: -79.8659     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Scotch Hill 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 Scotch Hill 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 309.557 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.408 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.75 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 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 Scotch Hill 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Scotch Hill.



 
 
 

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