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History & Adventure Trail begins June 13

From 1 to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month from June through October the public will have the opportunity to visit local sites not usually open to the public on the History & Adventure Trail in Gloucester. 

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.)

Participating on this year’s trail are Abingdon Episcopal Church, Abingdon Glebe, Holly Knoll, Mobjack Bay Coffee, Nuttall Store, Rosewell and Walter Reed’s Birthplace. 
Bethel Baptist Church will join the trail in July only, with a special gospel concert in celebration of its 142nd anniversary, and Fairfield will be open for a public dig in September.

Admission to History & Adventure Trail sites is free with the exception of Rosewell; however, donations are gladly accepted to help fund the upkeep of 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 are available at the Gloucester Visitor Information Center on the historic Court Circle or online at http://www.gloucesterva.info/pr/tourism/ht.htm. For more information, call 693-0014.

posted 06.07.2009

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