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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Madison [Map], which is the Seat of Boone County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Sylvester to Madison, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 23 miles [37 km] to the North (N). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 252 miles [405.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,125 miles [9,857.2 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 6,838 miles [11,004.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,713 miles [7,584.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sylvester ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Sylvester.

While the name Sylvester is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Worth County

Our profile page for Sylvester, Worth County   [Map]
Distance: About 465 miles [748.3 km] to the South Southwest


Knott County

Our profile page for Sylvester, Knott County   [Map]
Distance: About 86 miles [138.4 km] to the West Southwest


Mecosta County

Our profile page for Sylvester, Mecosta County   [Map]
Distance: About 427 miles [687.2 km] to the North Northwest

North Carolina

Chatham County

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

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Sylvester   [Map]
Distance: About 1,096 miles [1,763.8 km] to the Northeast

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Tioga County

Our profile page for Sylvester, Tioga County   [Map]
Distance: About 345 miles [555.2 km] to the Northeast

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Fisher County

Our profile page for Sylvester, Fisher County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,111 miles [1,788 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sylvester ...

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.

Acme   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East of Sylvester   [Map]
Elk Run Junction   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Fosterville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Janie   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Joes Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Keith   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Leevale   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Milltown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mount Hope   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Nelson   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Packsville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Red Warrior   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Twilight   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Williams Mountain   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [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 Sylvester. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southeast of Sylvester

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>
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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Sylvester

Stirrat [Map] is located 31 miles [49.9 km] to the southwest of Sylvester

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
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 north of Sylvester

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sylvester. 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' distance that stretches from Sylvester. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sylvester) 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 Sylvester. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sylvester

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sylvester. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.0103, Longitude: -81.5581     [Map].

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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 Sylvester 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 310.623 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.419 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.94 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 Sylvester 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:

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