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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Parkersburg [Map], which is the Seat of Wood County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 60 miles [96.6 km] to the South (S). If you could walk a straight line from Wakefield to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 247 miles [397.5 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 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,074 miles [9,775.2 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 6,792 miles [10,930.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,667 miles [7,510.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Wakefield ...

We have found 37 communities that share the name Wakefield.

While the name Wakefield is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 37 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Arizona

Pima County

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

Arkansas

Howard County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Howard County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 770 miles [1,239.2 km] to the West Southwest

California

San Joaquin County

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

Illinois

Richland County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Richland County   [Map]
Distance: About 355 miles [571.3 km] to the West

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Indiana

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 212 miles [341.2 km] to the West

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Kansas

Clay County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 821 miles [1,321.3 km] to the West

Douglas County

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

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Kentucky

Spencer County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Spencer County   [Map]
Distance: About 215 miles [346 km] to the West Southwest

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Louisiana

West Feliciana Parish

Our profile page for Wakefield, West Feliciana Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 794 miles [1,277.8 km] to the Southwest

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Maryland

Baltimore City

Our profile page for Wakefield, Baltimore City   [Map]
Distance: About 264 miles [424.9 km] to the East

Baltimore County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Baltimore County   [Map]
Distance: About 270 miles [434.5 km] to the East

Carroll County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Carroll County   [Map]
Distance: About 244 miles [392.7 km] to the East

Charles County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Charles County   [Map]
Distance: About 258 miles [415.2 km] to the East

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Massachusetts

Middlesex County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Middlesex County   [Map]
Distance: About 596 miles [959.2 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Gogebic County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Gogebic County   [Map]
Distance: About 652 miles [1,049.3 km] to the Northwest

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Mississippi

Tate County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Tate County   [Map]
Distance: About 542 miles [872.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Nebraska

Dixon County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Dixon County   [Map]
Distance: About 822 miles [1,322.9 km] to the West Northwest

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Wakefield   [Map]
Distance: About 862 miles [1,387.3 km] to the Northeast

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New Hampshire

Carroll County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Carroll County   [Map]
Distance: About 627 miles [1,009.1 km] to the East Northeast

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New York

Bronx County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Bronx County   [Map]
Distance: About 427 miles [687.2 km] to the East Northeast

Westchester County

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

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North Carolina

Wake County

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

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Ohio

Darke County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Darke County   [Map]
Distance: About 170 miles [273.6 km] to the West Northwest

Pike County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Pike County   [Map]
Distance: About 75 miles [120.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Oregon

Tillamook County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Tillamook County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,162 miles [3,479.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Lancaster County   [Map]
Distance: About 293 miles [471.5 km] to the East

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Quebec

Our profile page for Wakefield   [Map]
Distance: About 529 miles [851.3 km] to the North Northeast

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Rhode Island

Washington County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 554 miles [891.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Texas

Howard County

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

Polk County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 930 miles [1,496.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Weber County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Weber County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,602 miles [2,578.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Alexandria City

Our profile page for Wakefield, Alexandria City   [Map]
Distance: About 244 miles [392.7 km] to the East

Charlottesville City

Our profile page for Wakefield, Charlottesville City   [Map]
Distance: About 188 miles [302.6 km] to the East Southeast

Surry County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Surry County   [Map]
Distance: About 289 miles [465.1 km] to the East Southeast

Sussex County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Sussex County   [Map]
Distance: About 296 miles [476.4 km] to the East Southeast

Westmoreland County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Westmoreland County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 264 miles [424.9 km] to the East Southeast

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Washington

Okanogan County

Our profile page for Wakefield, Okanogan County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,975 miles [3,178.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Wakefield ...

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.

Larkmead   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast of Wakefield   [Map]
Little Hocking (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
New England   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Pettyville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Pleasant Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Pleasant View   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Porterfield (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Redbush (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rockland (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Torch (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Walkers Crossing (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [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 Wakefield. 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.

August 'Gus' Wagner
  Tatto artist, wood carver, painter. He was born in Marietta (Ohio) on Sunday June 16, 1872 and died on Tueday June 10, 1941 at an age of 69. He was buried at Homestead Cemetery (Chase County, Kansas) [Map].

Marietta [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Wakefield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: August 'Gus' Wagner<9>

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About Wood County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Wood County: www.woodcountywv.com/

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wakefield. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2209, Longitude: -81.6418     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wakefield 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 Wakefield 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 310.647 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.626 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.583 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Wakefield 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 Wakefield, 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: findagrave.com.

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