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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Summit Point 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 Summit Point to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Charles Town [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 207 miles [333.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Summit Point 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 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 55 miles [88.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). 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 5,921 miles [9,528.9 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 6,630 miles [10,670 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,506 miles [7,251.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Summit Point ...

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Utah

San Juan County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Summit Point ...

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.

Brucetown (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West of Summit Point   [Map]
Burnt Factory (VA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Clear Brook (VA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Egypt   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Harmony (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Jamestown   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Jordan Springs (VA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Leetown (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Lewisville (VA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Mechanicstown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Mount Pleasant (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rest (VA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rock Hall (VA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rockcroft (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Rocky Ford (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Stringtown (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Treadwell (VA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Wheatland   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [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 Summit Point. 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 5 miles [8 km] to the northeast of Summit Point

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Brown<8>
 
Elizabeth Monroe
  First Lady to the Presidency of James Monroe. She was born in New York (New York) on Thursday June 30, 1768 and died in Aldie (Virginia) on Thursday September 23, 1830 at an age of 62. She was buried at Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia) [Map].

Aldie [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southeast of Summit Point

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elizabeth Monroe

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffersoncountywv.org/

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Summit Point. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2495, Longitude: -77.9586     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Summit Point 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 Summit Point 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 308.415 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.09 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.971 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Summit Point 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 Summit Point.



 
 
 

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