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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Villa 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 Villa 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 Villa once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Villa to:

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies just to the West Southwest (WSW).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 243 miles [391.1 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Villa to White House, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 14 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,107 miles [9,828.3 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 6,821 miles [10,977.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,696 miles [7,557.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Villa ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Villa.

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


New Castle County

Our profile page for Villa, New Castle County   [Map]
Distance: About 326 miles [524.6 km] to the East Northeast


Clark County

Our profile page for Villa, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 163 miles [262.3 km] to the Northwest


Mills County

Our profile page for Villa, Mills County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,078 miles [1,734.9 km] to the West Southwest


Davis County

Our profile page for Villa, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,616 miles [2,600.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Franklin County

Our profile page for Villa, Franklin County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 129 miles [207.6 km] to the Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Villa ...

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.

Airport Village   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West of Villa   [Map]
Big Chimney   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Blackhawk   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Coal Fork   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Elk Forest   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Elk Hills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Elkview   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Fivemile   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Meadowbrook   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Mink (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pinch   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Quick   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Riverview   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sandy   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Snow Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Three Mile   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Twomile   -   5 miles [8 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 Villa. 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.

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 7 miles [11.3 km] to the west of Villa

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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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 Villa, 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 starting from Villa. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Villa) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Villa. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3754, Longitude: -81.5048     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Villa 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 Villa 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 310.583 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.428 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.80 degrees.

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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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