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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Clarksburg [Map], which is the Seat of Harrison County, lies just to the South Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 102 miles [164.2 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Willard to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 176 miles [283.2 km] to the East (E). 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 6,011 miles [9,673.8 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 6,726 miles [10,824.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,601 miles [7,404.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Willard ...

We have found 32 communities that share the name Willard.

While the name Willard is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 32 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Arkansas

Prairie County

Our profile page for Willard, Prairie County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 688 miles [1,107.2 km] to the West Southwest

Colorado

Logan County

Our profile page for Willard, Logan County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,227 miles [1,974.7 km] to the West Northwest

Georgia

Putnam County

Our profile page for Willard, Putnam County   [Map]
Distance: About 455 miles [732.3 km] to the South Southwest

Idaho

Benewah County

Our profile page for Willard, Benewah County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,905 miles [3,065.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Alexander County

Our profile page for Willard, Alexander County   [Map]
Distance: About 517 miles [832 km] to the West Southwest

Saint Clair County

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

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Iowa

Wapello County

Our profile page for Willard, Wapello County   [Map]
Distance: About 658 miles [1,058.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Shawnee County

Our profile page for Willard, Shawnee County   [Map]
Distance: About 837 miles [1,347 km] to the West

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Kentucky

Carter County

Our profile page for Willard, Carter County   [Map]
Distance: About 162 miles [260.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Maine

Cumberland County

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

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Manitoba

Our profile page for Willard
Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Michigan

Bay County

Our profile page for Willard, Bay County   [Map]
Distance: About 356 miles [572.9 km] to the North Northwest

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Missouri

Greene County

Our profile page for Willard, Greene County   [Map]
Distance: About 725 miles [1,166.8 km] to the West

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Montana

Fallon County

Our profile page for Willard, Fallon County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,302 miles [2,095.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Nebraska

Lincoln County

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

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New Mexico

Torrance County

Our profile page for Willard, Torrance County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,453 miles [2,338.4 km] to the West

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New York

Chenango County

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

Seneca County

Our profile page for Willard, Seneca County   [Map]
Distance: About 288 miles [463.5 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Pender County

Our profile page for Willard, Pender County   [Map]
Distance: About 347 miles [558.4 km] to the South Southeast

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Ohio

Huron County

Our profile page for Willard, Huron County   [Map]
Distance: About 173 miles [278.4 km] to the Northwest

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Oklahoma

Harper County

Our profile page for Willard, Harper County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,066 miles [1,715.6 km] to the West

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Oregon

Douglas County

Our profile page for Willard, Douglas County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 2,260 miles [3,637.1 km] to the West Northwest

Marion County

Our profile page for Willard, Marion County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 2,184 miles [3,514.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Tennessee

Trousdale County

Our profile page for Willard, Trousdale County   [Map]
Distance: About 380 miles [611.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Box Elder County

Our profile page for Willard, Box Elder County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,666 miles [2,681.2 km] to the West Northwest

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Willard, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,662 miles [2,674.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Fairfax County

Our profile page for Willard, 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.

Loudoun County

Our profile page for Willard, Loudoun County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 154 miles [247.8 km] to the East

Wythe County

Our profile page for Willard, Wythe County   [Map]
Distance: About 178 miles [286.5 km] to the South Southwest

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Washington

Skamania County

Our profile page for Willard, Skamania County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,123 miles [3,416.6 km] to the West Northwest

Whitman County

Our profile page for Willard, Whitman County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,905 miles [3,065.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Wisconsin

Clark County

Our profile page for Willard, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 649 miles [1,044.5 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Willard ...

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.

Allied   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest of Willard   [Map]
Boothsville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Dixie   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Enterprise   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Erie   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Francis   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Gypsy   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Highland   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Killarm   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Long Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lumberport   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Meadowbrook   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Oak Grove (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Saltwell   -   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 Willard. 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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northeast of Willard

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
 
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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northeast of Willard

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

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About Harrison County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Harrison County: www.harrisoncountywv.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 that stretches from Willard. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Willard) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Willard. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3840, Longitude: -80.2712     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Willard 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 Willard 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 309.803 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.689 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.924 degrees.

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<7>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 Willard, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 Willard 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: findagrave.com.

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