The Dubliners' "Wild Rover"  LbNA # 13753 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateMar 12 2005
LocationEast Hartford, CT
Planted ByWild Rover      
Found By WWW
Last Found Oct 28 2008
Hike Distance?

Hockanum River Linear Park – Middle School Trail

***Box missing Winter 2005-2006; to be re-planted ASAP. ***

"I've been a Wild Rover for manys a year,
And I've spent all me money on whiskey and beer,
But now I'm returning with gold in great store,
And I never will play the Wild Rover no more.

And it's no, nay, never [clap-clap-clap-clap]
No, nay, never, no more,
Will I play the Wild Rover
No never, no more.

I went down to an ale house I used to frequent,
And I told the landlady my money’s all spent.
I asked her for credit, but she answered me "Nay.
Such a custom as yours I could have any day."


I took from my pocket ten sovereigns bright,
And the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight,
She said, "I have whiskey and wines of the best,
And the words that you told me were only in jest."


I'll go home to my parents, confess what I've done,
And I'll ask them to pardon their prodigal son.
And when they’ve caressed me as ofttimes before,
Then I never will play the Wild Rover no more!


Written by: THE DUBLINERS. Adapted, possibly, from folk tunes dating back to the 17th century, "Wild Rover" has been performed by every Irish band/musician that ever played a note, including Shane MacGowan, The Pogues, The Popes, U2, Dropkick Murphys, Black 47, et al. The greatest Irish pub song of all times (inching out "Whiskey In The Jar" and "Rocky Road To Dublin"), it has been hailed as "Ireland's Second National Anthem."

Good luck, and thanks for looking! ---Wild Rover


The East Hartford Middle School is on Burnside Avenue near its intersection with Scotland Road. Burnside Avenue is easily accessible from I-84 in either direction from the East Hartford side (via Roberts Street / Hillside Avenue) or from the Manchester side (near Wickham Park). There are several boxes in the area, including some at Wickham Park, as well as Wild Rover’s Burnside Letterbox, Huskyville Letterbox, and others.

Enter the parking lot of the Middle School and drive to the left, past the school, then turn right so the school is on your right and go as far as you can to the end of the parking lot. There were four large tractor-trailers there the day I planted, park near them if they are still there. Continue forward toward the fence and you will see a post marking the trailhead to the Middle School Trail. This is your starting point.


Walk past the trailhead post to the opening in the fence to access the Middle School Trail. So long as you walk with the bank of the Hockanum River on your left you can’t go wrong. Walk past some kind of climbing station on your right, then past a fenced-in area on the right. Sometimes there is a fence on your left where the river bank is cliff-like. Proceed onward to the Observation Deck and look for the handiwork of some local beavers, or for the beavers themselves, then continue on the trail past a clearing near another climbing station. Continue on the trail, traverse a few fallen logs, then reach a clearing at the corner of a football field and take the trail to the left. The trail then doglegs right and descends slightly, still keeping the Hockanum on the left. You will soon reach a wooden footbridge of geometric design that zig-zags along the trail. When you reach a massive tree that has fallen across the footbridge (if/when it is removed I will need to revise these clues), traverse the trunk and stand on the other side, back to the tree, looking onward down the trail. Take a dozen steps (every foot) and look to the left to see a tree disguised so that only a letterboxer would see the anomaly (or at least I hope so), and therein you will find the Dubliners’ "Wild Rover" letterbox. Please re-hide well, and take care with the outer zip-bag, as the thickness and cold tends to make them difficult to open (but they are super heavy-duty).


Thanks are extended to my daughter Krusty Krab (Gillian, age 5) for helping me plant this letterbox in the deep, fresh-fallen snow.
I hope you find it, like it and enjoy it! ---WR

P.S. There is a little bonus for the first five finders, in addition to the standard First Finder’s Certificate. Let me know what you think !!! Happy St. Patrick's Day !!!