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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

  • Charles Town [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 219 miles [352.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Virginius to Charleston, 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 13 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 47 miles [75.6 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,909 miles [9,509.6 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 6,618 miles [10,650.6 km] and it lies to the East Northeast (ENE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,494 miles [7,232.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Virginius ...

While the name Virginius is unique within West Virginia, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Colorado

Ouray County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Virginius ...

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.

Blair   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest of Virginius   [Map]
Britain (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Georges Mill (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Halltown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Harpers Ferry   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Keys Gap (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Lower Town   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Mountain Mission   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pleasantville (MD)   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Rice (MD)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Sandy Hook (MD)   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Silver Grove   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Virginius. 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.

John Brown
  Abolitionist, activist. He was born in Torrington (Connecticut) on Friday May 9, 1800 and died in Charles Town (West Virginia) on Friday December 2, 1859 at an age of 59.

Charles Town [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the west of Virginius

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Brown<8>
 
Elizabeth Monroe
  First Lady to the Presidency of James Monroe. She was born in New York (New York) on Thursday June 30, 1768 and died in Aldie (Virginia) on Thursday September 23, 1830 at an age of 62. She was buried at Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia) [Map].

Aldie [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Virginius

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elizabeth Monroe

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The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffersoncountywv.org/

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Virginius. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3215, Longitude: -77.7397     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Virginius 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 Virginius 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 308.28 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 303.948 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.85 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Virginius.



 
 
 

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