The Great Letterboxing History Hunt

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The Great Letterboxing History Hunt Map and Clues

What is Letterboxing?

Letterboxing, which originated on the moors of Dartmoor, England in the 1850′s, is a outdoor walking or hiking activity that combines elements of orienteering, stamp art, and puzzle-solving treasure hunt style quest.  It is similar to geocaching without the use of a GPS.  This is a fun outdoor activity offering a chance to learn about reading maps, following clues, and local history.  It can be done individually or with a group!Eight waterproof  boxes containing a hand carved stamp and log book are hidden in various historic locations at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, the Historical Society of Easton, the New Canaan Historical Society, the Norwalk Historical Society, Ridgefield’s Keeler Tavern Museum, the Weston Historical Society, the Westport Historical Society, and the Wilton Historical Society. Your job is to follow the clues to each box and mark each box’s log book with an imprint of your own stamp. In return you take the box’s stamp and stamp your clue map and optionally your personal log book.

The box’s logbook keeps a record of all its visitors and you keep a record of all the boxes you have found on your clues map and personal logbook (optional).

What should you carry on your letterboxing adventure?

  • Pen or pencil
  • Personal rubber stamp
  • The pages you have downloaded and printed with the map and clues.  You may also want to have your own personal logbook.

What should you do when you have found all 8 letterboxes?

You have between May 3 and May 18, 2014 to find the letterboxes.

On May 18, there will be a festive family get-together at the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT, 4-5pm.  There will be refreshments and live music with Leigh Richards on acoustic guitar.  Participants who stamp their official Map at all eight locations (bring it with you) will be eligible for a prize, and will be entered in a drawing for a wonderful grand prize!  The event is free.

I want to learn more about letterboxing?

The following web sites are a good source of information about letterboxing: