Six Layers of History

LOCATION:  Jefferson County, WV

CHALLENGE:  2 stars

DATE/NUMBER:  16-May-1999/7


It has been reported that this box has been removed, but there is still no reason you can't enjoy the clues and the place.

From the Point of confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, take bearing 292 to the place where an abolitionist made his last stand in 1859. Thence, 242 degrees from the back of that building to find the judge, jailer, and executioner.

Thence, 30 degrees to the entrance to an experiment in integration and equality, one of the first in the South; from there, bearing 322, if you dare, to the oldest building around.

Explore this building if you'd like, but if you are in a hurry, look for a passage through the wall north of the cave in the wall, and proceed up at 256 degrees 'till you can look downstream the Potomac at 103 degrees, and at a steeple at 158 degrees. From there, 30 paces at 326 degrees will take you to end of rock, where you might see powder on the rocks at 82 degrees.

Thence, 30 more paces on bearing 184 to where you'll see 3 1's at 106 degrees. From there, take a long trail past a 5 cent view, then, 106 paces from where white gets dirty, tap the jutting rock 3 times with your compass for good luck.

Continue 85 paces to where you'll tap a big rock underfoot 6 times with your compass for good luck. If you are lucky, the product of your tappings should be a small trail; take it for 20 paces to a bend, perhaps glimpsing White to the East. Thence, 11 paces at 292 degrees, where a rock and some logs conceals your reward.

NOTE 1:  Don't forget the kids and money for ice cream.

NOTE 2:  Off-trail walking is involved.

NOTE 3:  Be wary of snakes and other wildlife when reaching into dark places. No need to dig for this box. All bearings magnetic unless otherwise noted. A pace is a long stride counted on a footfall of either foot, i.e. two paces are counted each time the right foot hits the ground. Be aware of if or when there is game hunting in the area.

NOTE 4:  Please re-hide the thing well just as you found it, and replace the rocks and logs as you found them. Be discreet when stamping up; the area can get crowded.

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