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Whetsell, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 130 miles [209.2 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Whetsell to Charleston, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 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 144 miles [231.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,983 miles [9,628.7 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 6,697 miles [10,777.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,572 miles [7,357.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Whetsell ...

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia

South Carolina

Orangeburg County

Our profile page for Whetsell, Orangeburg County   [Map]

Distance: About 424 miles [682.4 km] to the South.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Whetsell ...

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.

Amboy   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast of Whetsell   [Map]

Camp Ground   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Freeport   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Heathers Run   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]

Herring   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Kanes Creek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Kanetown   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Kingwood   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Mountain View   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Oriole (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Salt Lick   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [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 Whetsell. 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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Whetsell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<8>

Andrew Wasil Seminick

Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast of Whetsell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

Frankie R. Yankovic

Musician, bandleader. He was born in Davis (West Virginia) on Wednesday July 28, 1915 and died in New Port Richey (Florida) on Wednesday October 14, 1998 at an age of 83. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Cuyahoga County, Ohio) [Map].

Davis [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southeast of Whetsell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frankie R. Yankovic

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Preston County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whetsell. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4401, Longitude: -79.6517     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whetsell 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 Whetsell 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 309.424 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.266 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.633 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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