A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia

Nearby Census Genealogy
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Other WV

The location of Shenandoah Junction

Click for Interactive Map
(GPS coordinates provided by the GNIS)
Click here for an interactive map for
Shenandoah Junction
and the surrounding area.
Learn About
The Commemorative
Quarter for
West Virginia
The Commemorative Quarter for West Virginia

Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Charles Town [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies just to the South.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 215 miles [346 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Shenandoah Junction to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 13 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 53 miles [85.3 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,912 miles [9,514.4 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 6,621 miles [10,655.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,497 miles [7,237.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Shenandoah Junction ...

While the name Shenandoah Junction is unique within West Virginia, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Schuylkill County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Shenandoah Junction ...

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.

Blair   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast of Shenandoah Junction   [Map]
Egypt   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Halltown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Harmony (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Harpers Ferry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Heatherfield   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Leetown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Lower Town   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Mechanicstown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Mount Pleasant   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Pleasantville (MD)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Rose Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Shepherdstown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Silver Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Jefferson County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Shenandoah Junction. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Shenandoah Junction) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shenandoah Junction. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3587, Longitude: -77.8431     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shenandoah Junction have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

<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.

- Return to Citation

<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 Shenandoah Junction to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

- Return to Citation

<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 308.34 degrees.

- Return to Citation

<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.021 degrees.

- Return to Citation

<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.88 degrees.

- Return to Citation

<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 Shenandoah Junction 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.

- Return to Citation

For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shenandoah Junction.