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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Sutherland to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Sutherland to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Sutherland once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Sutherland to:

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies just to the South Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 130 miles [209.2 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Sutherland to Charleston, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 149 miles [239.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,983 miles [9,628.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,697 miles [10,777.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,572 miles [7,357.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Sutherland ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Sutherland.

While the name Sutherland is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Hillsborough County

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


O'Brien County

Our profile page for Sutherland, O'Brien County   [Map]
Distance: About 852 miles [1,371.2 km] to the West Northwest


Daviess County

Our profile page for Sutherland, Daviess County   [Map]
Distance: About 419 miles [674.3 km] to the West Southwest


Johnson County

Our profile page for Sutherland, Johnson County   [Map]
Distance: About 746 miles [1,200.6 km] to the West

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Prairie County

Our profile page for Sutherland, Prairie County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,375 miles [2,212.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Lincoln County

Our profile page for Sutherland, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,129 miles [1,816.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Ashe County

Our profile page for Sutherland, Ashe County   [Map]
Distance: About 240 miles [386.2 km] to the South Southwest

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Trumbull County

Our profile page for Sutherland, Trumbull County
This community is historic.
Although located in Trumbull County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Our profile page for Sutherland   [Map]
Distance: About 259 miles [416.8 km] to the Northwest

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Our profile page for Sutherland   [Map]
Distance: About 1,546 miles [2,488 km] to the Northwest

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Johnson County

Our profile page for Sutherland, Johnson County   [Map]
Distance: About 230 miles [370.1 km] to the South Southwest

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Millard County

Our profile page for Sutherland, Millard County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,745 miles [2,808.3 km] to the West

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Dinwiddie County

Our profile page for Sutherland, Dinwiddie County   [Map]
Distance: About 197 miles [317 km] to the Southeast

Wise County

Our profile page for Sutherland, Wise County   [Map]
Distance: About 235 miles [378.2 km] to the Southwest

Wythe County

Our profile page for Sutherland, Wythe County   [Map]
Distance: About 192 miles [309 km] to the South Southwest

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Bayfield County

Our profile page for Sutherland, Bayfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 750 miles [1,207 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sutherland ...

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.

Bull Run   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest of Sutherland   [Map]
Camp Ground   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Cascade   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Heathers Run   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Herring   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Kanes Creek   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Kingwood   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Masontown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mountain View   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Oriole (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Reedsville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Valley Point   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [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 Sutherland. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest of Sutherland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Sutherland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southeast of Sutherland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Sutherland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Sutherland. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sutherland) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sutherland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5037, Longitude: -79.7106     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sutherland have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Sutherland to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.457 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.314 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.636 degrees.

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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 Sutherland 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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<9>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:

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