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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Westchester to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Westchester to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Fairmont [Map], which is the Seat of Marion County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 109 miles [175.4 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Westchester to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 172 miles [276.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,004 miles [9,662.5 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 6,719 miles [10,813.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,594 miles [7,393.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Westchester ...

We have found 26 communities that share the name Westchester.

While the name Westchester is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 26 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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 CaliforniaIllinoisMassachusettsSouth Carolina
 ConnecticutIndianaNew YorkVirginia
 FloridaLouisianaNorth CarolinaWisconsin
 GeorgiaMarylandNova Scotia 

California

Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Westchester, Los Angeles County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,133 miles [3,432.7 km] to the West

Connecticut

New London County

Our profile page for Westchester, New London County   [Map]
Distance: About 432 miles [695.2 km] to the East Northeast

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Westchester, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 799 miles [1,285.9 km] to the South

Miami-Dade County

Our profile page for Westchester, Miami-Dade County   [Map]
Distance: About 947 miles [1,524 km] to the South

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Georgia

Bulloch County

Our profile page for Westchester, Bulloch County   [Map]
Distance: About 491 miles [790.2 km] to the South Southwest

Clarke County

Our profile page for Westchester, Clarke County   [Map]
Distance: About 420 miles [675.9 km] to the South Southwest

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Illinois

Cook County

Our profile page for Westchester, Cook County   [Map]
Distance: About 435 miles [700.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Allen County

Our profile page for Westchester, Allen County   [Map]
Distance: About 281 miles [452.2 km] to the West Northwest

Jay County

Our profile page for Westchester, Jay County   [Map]
Distance: About 259 miles [416.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Louisiana

East Baton Rouge Parish

Our profile page for Westchester, East Baton Rouge Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 879 miles [1,414.6 km] to the Southwest

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Maryland

Baltimore County

Our profile page for Westchester, Baltimore County   [Map]
Distance: About 182 miles [292.9 km] to the East

Frederick County

Our profile page for Westchester, Frederick County   [Map]
Distance: About 140 miles [225.3 km] to the East

Montgomery County

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

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Massachusetts

Worcester County

Our profile page for Westchester, Worcester County   [Map]
Distance: About 477 miles [767.7 km] to the East Northeast

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New York

Bronx County

Our profile page for Westchester, Bronx County   [Map]
Distance: About 347 miles [558.4 km] to the East Northeast

Westchester County

Our profile page for Westchester, 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

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Westchester, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 316 miles [508.6 km] to the South Southeast

Mecklenburg County

Our profile page for Westchester, Mecklenburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 293 miles [471.5 km] to the South

Wake County

Our profile page for Westchester, Wake County   [Map]
Distance: About 264 miles [424.9 km] to the South Southeast

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Westchester   [Map]
Distance: About 937 miles [1,508 km] to the East Northeast

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South Carolina

Charleston County

Our profile page for Westchester, Charleston County   [Map]
Distance: About 466 miles [750 km] to the South

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Virginia

Chesterfield County

Our profile page for Westchester, Chesterfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 194 miles [312.2 km] to the Southeast

Fairfax County

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

Petersburg City

Our profile page for Westchester, Petersburg City   [Map]
Distance: About 217 miles [349.2 km] to the Southeast

Prince William County

Our profile page for Westchester, Prince William County   [Map]
Distance: About 154 miles [247.8 km] to the East Southeast

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Wisconsin

Waukesha County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Westchester ...

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.

Barrackville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North of Westchester   [Map]
Dakota   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Garden Village   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Graham Heights   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Helens Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Highland   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hillcrest   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Hillview   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Hopewell   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Katy   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Killarm   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Meadowdale   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
New England   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Pettyjohn (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Shagtown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Wahoo   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [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 Westchester. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Westchester

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<8>
 
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Westchester

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster

Other Roadside Stops ...



Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Marion County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marion County: www.marioncountywv.com/

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Westchester. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4726, Longitude: -80.1820     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Westchester 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 Westchester 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 309.745 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.637 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.854 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 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 Westchester 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Westchester.



 
 
 

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