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Summersville, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 42 miles [67.6 km] to the West (W). If you could walk a straight line from Summersville to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 209 miles [336.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,084 miles [9,791.2 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 6,795 miles [10,935.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,671 miles [7,517.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Summersville ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Summersville.

While the name Summersville is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Summersville, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 434 miles [698.5 km] to the West


Green County

Our profile page for Summersville, Green County   [Map]
Distance: About 264 miles [424.9 km] to the West Southwest


Texas County

Our profile page for Summersville, Texas County   [Map]
Distance: About 595 miles [957.6 km] to the West


Union County

Our profile page for Summersville, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 200 miles [321.9 km] to the Northwest

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Sullivan County

Our profile page for Summersville, Sullivan County   [Map]
Distance: About 156 miles [251.1 km] to the Southwest

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Summersville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Summersville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Summersville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2843, Longitude: -80.8415     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Summersville 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 Summersville 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 310.184 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.959 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.545 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Summersville.