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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Petersburg [Map], which is the Seat of Grant County, lies 22 miles [35.4 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Wilsonia to Petersburg, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 131 miles [210.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 131 miles [210.8 km] to the East (E). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,985 miles [9,631.9 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 6,697 miles [10,777.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,573 miles [7,359.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Wilsonia ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Wilsonia.

While the name Wilsonia is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Etowah County

Our profile page for Wilsonia, Etowah County   [Map]
Distance: About 501 miles [806.3 km] to the Southwest


Tulare County

Our profile page for Wilsonia, Tulare County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,140 miles [3,444 km] to the West


Tensas Parish

Our profile page for Wilsonia, Tensas Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 833 miles [1,340.6 km] to the West Southwest


Clackamas County

Our profile page for Wilsonia, Clackamas County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,220 miles [3,572.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Wilsonia ...

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.

Aurora   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest of Wilsonia   [Map]
Breedlove (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Henry   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Horse Shoe Run   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lead Mine   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Pierce   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Red House (MD)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Sell   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Silver Lake   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sunnyside (MD)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [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 Wilsonia. 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.

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 3 miles [4.8 km] to the southwest of Wilsonia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick<7>

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wilsonia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2062, Longitude: -79.4495     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wilsonia 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 Wilsonia 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 309.312 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.104 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.629 degrees.

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<7>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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