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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Hamlin [Map], which is the Seat of Lincoln County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 23 miles [37 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could walk a straight line from Sweetland to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 273 miles [439.4 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,134 miles [9,871.7 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 6,849 miles [11,022.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,724 miles [7,602.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sweetland ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Sweetland.

While the name Sweetland is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Nevada County

Our profile page for Sweetland, Nevada County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,087 miles [3,358.7 km] to the West Northwest


Muscatine County

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

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Sweetland   [Map]
Distance: About 1,001 miles [1,611 km] to the East Northeast

South Dakota

Hand County

Our profile page for Sweetland, Hand County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 971 miles [1,562.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sweetland ...

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.

Allen (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South of Sweetland   [Map]
Bradyville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Branchland   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
East (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Fork Junction   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hurricane Bridge (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]
Jenks   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Kinder (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lake Washington   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]
Layville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Pleasant View   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Portersville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Prairietown   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Price   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rockville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Salt Rock   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Spears (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [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 Sweetland. 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.

William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
  Folk figure. He was born in Logan (West Virginia) on Monday September 9, 1839 and died in Stirrat (West Virginia) on Friday January 7, 1921 at an age of 81. He was buried at Hatfield Family Cemetery (Logan County, West Virginia) [Map].

Logan [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Sweetland

Stirrat [Map] is located 36 miles [57.9 km] to the south of Sweetland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield<9>
Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the east of Sweetland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sweetland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2595, Longitude: -82.0421     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sweetland 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 Sweetland 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 310.912 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.786 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.069 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Sweetland 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>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 Sweetland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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