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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Virgil to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Virgil 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 Virgil once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Virgil to:

  • Spencer [Map], which is the Seat of Roane County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Virgil to Spencer, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours 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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the Southwest (SW). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 232 miles [373.4 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,089 miles [9,799.3 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 6,804 miles [10,950 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,679 miles [7,530.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Virgil ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Virgil.

While the name Virgil is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Jackson County

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


Fulton County

Our profile page for Virgil, Fulton County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 501 miles [806.3 km] to the West Northwest

Kane County

Our profile page for Virgil, Kane County   [Map]
Distance: About 443 miles [712.9 km] to the Northwest


Greenwood County

Our profile page for Virgil, Greenwood County   [Map]
Distance: About 795 miles [1,279.4 km] to the West

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Montcalm County

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

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Rankin County

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

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New York

Cortland County

Our profile page for Virgil, Cortland County   [Map]
Distance: About 381 miles [613.2 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Watauga County

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

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Choctaw County

Our profile page for Virgil, Choctaw County   [Map]
Distance: About 840 miles [1,351.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Our profile page for Virgil   [Map]
Distance: About 338 miles [544 km] to the North Northeast

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South Dakota

Beadle County

Our profile page for Virgil, Beadle County   [Map]
Distance: About 964 miles [1,551.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Virgil ...

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.

Buffalolick (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North of Virgil   [Map]
Cotton   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Harley   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Looneyville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mattie (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Mount Hope   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Mount Welcome   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Pad (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Rushville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Shad (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Stringtown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [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 Virgil. 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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest of Virgil

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<9>

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Virgil. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6140, Longitude: -81.3407     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Virgil 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 Virgil 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 310.478 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.343 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.652 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Virgil 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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