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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Berkeley Springs [Map], which is the Seat of Morgan County, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 210 miles [338 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Sleepy Creek to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 12 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 77 miles [123.9 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,909 miles [9,509.6 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 6,619 miles [10,652.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,495 miles [7,234 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sleepy Creek ...

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

North Carolina

Wayne County

Our profile page for Sleepy Creek, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 304 miles [489.2 km] to the South

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sleepy Creek ...

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.

Big Pool (MD)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast of Sleepy Creek   [Map]
Cherry Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Ernstville (MD)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Indian Springs (MD)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Mountain Vistas (MD)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Park Head (MD)   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Runners Ferry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Shady Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Stanley (MD)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Timber Ridge Heights (MD)   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Sleepy Creek. 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.

John Brown
  Abolitionist, activist. He was born in Torrington (Connecticut) on Friday May 9, 1800 and died in Charles Town (West Virginia) on Friday December 2, 1859 at an age of 59.

Charles Town [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Sleepy Creek

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Brown<7>
 
James Buchanan
  15th President of the US (1857 - 1861). He was born in Cove Gap (Pennsylvania) on Saturday April 23, 1791 and died in Lancaster (Pennsylvania) on Monday June 1, 1868 at an age of 77. He was buried at Woodward Hill Cemetery (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Cove Gap [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Sleepy Creek

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Buchanan
 
Jane Harrison
  Daughter-in-law of William Harrison - since his wife Anna Harrison was too ill to travel, Jane served as the de facto First Lady for the Harrison Presidency. She was born in Mercersburg (Pennsylvania) on Monday July 23, 1804 and died on Monday May 11, 1846 at an age of 41.

Mercersburg [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Sleepy Creek

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sleepy Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.6670, Longitude: -78.0825     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sleepy Creek 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 Sleepy Creek 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 308.464 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.21 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.866 degrees.

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<7>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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