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Goucester History Trail due Saturday

On the second Saturday of each month through October from 1 to 4 p.m., the public will have the opportunity to visit local sites not usually open to the public, and some sites many do not know about. 

Before beginning your History & Adventure Trail afternoon, stop by Nuttall’s Store in Ware Neck where they have a special treat in store for you—purchase a takeout lunch there and receive directions to a beautiful “secret” spot on the river to enjoy lunch and the scenery. 

This year’s trail features Abingdon Episcopal Church, Abingdon Glebe, Holly Knoll, Mobjack Bay Coffee, Rosewell and Walter Reed’s Birthplace.

New this year is geocaching, which is a treasure hunt for anyone with a Global Positioning System (GPS). The idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using longitude and latitude coordinates. Once the cache is found, participants sign the log book, take a token of their visit to the cache, and move on to the next site. (All geocachers are asked to put something back in the cache box if they remove an item.)

Admission to History & Adventure Trail sites is free with the exception of Rosewell; however, donations are gladly accepted to help fund the upkeep of the other sites. 

Other local, second-Saturday events are the Gloucester Farmers’ Market from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Susanna Wesley Church, and Second Saturday on Main with special sidewalk sales and entertainment on Gloucester’s Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

A brochure and map of all sites is available at the Gloucester Visitor Information Center on the historic Court Circle or online at http://www.gloucesterva.com. For more information, call 693-0014.

Fairfield Plantation will have a public dig in September. More details will be announced later.

posted 08.04.2009

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