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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Lewisburg [Map], which is the Seat of Greenbrier County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Sunlight to Lewisburg, 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 68 miles [109.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 195 miles [313.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,081 miles [9,786.4 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 6,791 miles [10,929.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,667 miles [7,510.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sunlight ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Sunlight.

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Walker County

Our profile page for Sunlight, Walker County   [Map]
Distance: About 469 miles [754.8 km] to the Southwest


Stewart County

Our profile page for Sunlight, Stewart County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 483 miles [777.3 km] to the South Southwest


Washington County

Our profile page for Sunlight, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 569 miles [915.7 km] to the West


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Sunlight, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,697 miles [2,731.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Spotsylvania County

Our profile page for Sunlight, Spotsylvania County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Spotsylvania County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sunlight ...

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.

Anthony   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast of Sunlight   [Map]
Cornstalk   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Duo   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Falling Spring   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Friars Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Golden   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Julia   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Leonard   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Oscar   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rock Cliff   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Spring Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Trout   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Woodman   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Greenbrier County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunlight. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9871, Longitude: -80.4615     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunlight 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 Sunlight 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 309.963 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.663 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.482 degrees.

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<7>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Sunlight, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Sunlight 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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