Spring-Time  LbNA # 12415

OwnerSal & Al    
Placed DateNov 28 2004
LocationMordecai Neighborhood, Raleigh, NC
Found By deevahnc
Last Found Jul 23 2007
Hike Distance?


Location: Mordecai Community
Near downtown Raleigh, North Carolina
Easy Urban Walk
Allow 45-60 minutes
Mosquito repellent recommended in the Summer!

Travel through two centuries of Raleigh History! Begin near downtown Raleigh at the corner of Peace and Person Streets, at a mammoth neon icon of the 1970s. "You know by the Glow" if it's time to stop and fortify yourself for the adventure ahead. Drive north on Person Street, passing trophies, food, music and art. Follow the road as it bends to the right. The Mordecai Community welcomes you! Get in the left lane and immediately pass a stately temporary resting place. Turn left onto a street named for a Japanese tree. If Salvation passes you by on the right, you've gone too far.

Hitch your wagon in front of the old plantation, which dates to 1785. Stroll to the right behind the big house, along the recreated village street. Pass the humble 1808 birthplace of a famous man with a distinction achieved by only 44 Americans.

Exit the path between twin outhouses and walk left along the brick sidewalk. At the corner, cross the street straight ahead and turn right. Pass under the pendulous branches of a lofty Deodar Cedar, honored by designation as a "Capital Tree." Continue along the sidewalk through the neighborhood that was developed in the 1920s on former plantation land. This early suburb of the capital city was the original “North Raleigh.” Pass an imposing triple-decker. At the next corner find the cement obelisk with number 194 inscribed. This remnant of urban archeology formerly supported a public mailbox...an honest-to-goodness letterbox!

Cross the street and go straight, then descend the stairs leading to Poplar Spring. Follow along the valley on your left about 80 steps, until you come to a sturdy stone wall. Water is still bubbling from the spring, which was a source of drinking water for Raleigh residents into the 1940s. Please don’t drink the water today!

Walk across the wall and climb uphill diagonally on the well-worn stones where footsteps have trod for more than a century. Halfway up, leave the path and walk left toward the huge tree that gives Raleigh its name: “City of ____.” On the downhill side of the tree trunk, in a vine-covered niche, you’ll find your first treasure. Place the “Spring” stamp on the bottom of your notebook page, saving space above for stamp #2. Then carefully tuck the letterbox back into the niche and cover with vines and leaves.

Proceed to the sidewalk and return to the obelisk on the opposite corner. Retrace your steps along the sidewalk, strolling for about two blocks. Continue to the point where the Japanese tree street intersects. There’s a tranquil glen on the right.

When you see white letters on brown, turn right and go down the steps. Follow the oval pathway to its farthest point. In the valley, slightly to the right, is a bushy clump surrounding a tree that bears the lovely North Carolina state flower in early Spring. Walk to the clump and face right. Take 22 steps to reach a large, lone sentinel. Put on your mosquito repellent! Now turn left and walk toward a circular walled enclosure. The once sparkling Mordecai Spring is now earth-filled, sad to say. Pause for a moment to consider the historical fact that slaves from the Mordecai Plantation drew water from this spring over two-hundred years ago.

Return to the lone sentinel and look uphill to spy a birdhouse perched on a pole. Walk to the birdhouse, but don’t disturb the occupants. Turn left and walk parallel to the sidewalk about 12 steps. Look downhill on your left to see an island of trees and bushes. Among the many offshoots of the main tree trunk is an elbow branch. You’ll find your treasure in the crook of the elbow, several feet off the ground, under a stone. Place the “Dogwood” stamp in your notebook above the “Spring stamp,” to complete the picture. Please return the box to its home and re-cover carefully with loose bark and stone, so it remains hidden from accidental explorers.

Your Spring-Time adventure is now complete...Hope you had fun! As to the whereabouts of your car, we haven't a clue. Good luck finding it!