Kentucky & Virginia: North of New Jersey



We all know that the Commonwealths of Virginia and Kentucky are both southern states.

Likewise, we are also fully aware of the reality that there’s no question that New Jersey is a northern state. Right?

These truths have been well defined for centuries and there are few individuals who will ever question these statements as being factual.

But in the words of the great Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friend!”

It seems the map may disagree with this assessment.  Believe it or not, but there are portions of the Bluegrass State in which one can actually be standing north of beachgoers on the Jersey Shore.

Furthermore, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy, actually has two counties that are entirely north of the Garden State’s southern shoreline — in fact, Virginia’s northernmost point in Frederick County, Virginia, is a full 37 miles north of New Jersey’s southernmost point.

Who doesn’t love a good ole fashioned geographic oddity?

Here are just a handful of other geographic oddities to wet your map studying whistle:

  • Virginia’s Lee County is actually west of Detroit, Michigan
  • West Virginia stretches farther north than Brooklyn, New York
  • A ship entering the Panama Canal from the Atlantic Ocean will exit the canal in the Pacific Ocean east of where they first entered the canal (in the Atlantic).

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  1. From the part of Virginia that I am from (Scott County), we are further west than West Virginia. Also I can be in 7 other state capitals faster than I can get to Richmond.

  2. Are you quoting retired geology professor Phil Shelton from Clinch Valley College? I heard the state capitol factoid from him 37 years ago.

    If that’s a common taught fact in elementary school (4th grade Va studies) that’s not something we were taught in Southside. (For non-flatlanders that’s anything south of the James River approximately 35-50 miles east/west of the fall line down to the NC border. )

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