Clarkton Bridge LbNA # 24884
|Placed Date||Aug 23 2006|
Degree of difficulty: Easy
The search for the Clarkton Bridge letterbox takes you to one of the stops on the Virginia Wildlife and Birding Trail (http://clarktonbridge.com). You will also be near the Red Hill National Shrine, where another letterbox has been hidden. Patrick Henry called Charlotte County “one of the garden spots of the world.” It’s still a garden spot—which means it’s rural, and Clarkton Bridge is not on nor near a major highway.
On a Virginia map, trace 460 east to west (or west to east). In Appomattox, “where our nation reunited,” take Virginia Route 727 south into Charlotte County. Shortly after you cross the county line, you will reach the crossroads at the small community of Red House. You will see signs for Red Hill; follow those signs, which direct you to take 615 west for 1.0 miles and then 600 south for 9.5 miles. You will need to turn east on Route 40 for 0.5 miles and then take the dogleg of 600 south again. Follow 600 south for about 1.8 miles. When you reach the “T” intersection, turn left (east) on 619. You will pass the entrance to Red Hill, and continue 2.9 miles east from the Red Hill entrance to Route 620 on your right. [Or you may wish to stop also at Red Hill, where there is also a letterbox.]
[From the southeast, Route 360 to Keysville and then Route 40 west will bring you to Route 600. The Red Hill signs will direct you to turn south on 600; continue to follow the Red Hill signs.]
Route 620 to Clarkton Bridge is 2.7 miles south, through cutover woodland, and downhill. This is a good place to check for wildlife and birds. There is parking and space to turn around when you get to the bridge and boat landing. The bridge is a great, handicapped-accessible place to view the natural scenery of the Staunton/Roanoke River. To find the letterbox, go under the bridge. On the first, northern-most support, look behind the rocks on the ledge to find the letterbox. Leave only your stamped imprint, and take only your memories…or perhaps some photos of the river, the birds, and the butterflies there. Well, I’ll revise this. Geocachers have also located this box, and so you’ll probably find some trinkets.
Nearby is Red Hill, the last home of Patrick Henry, “Voice of the Revolution.” www.redhill.org Check the clues for the letterbox at Red Hill. From there, you may want to visit Charlotte Court House, where Henry made his last public speech, as a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates. (He won, but did not live to take office.) Henry’s handwritten will is in the county clerk’s office. The courthouse is the only one still existing, and still in use, that was built from plans by Thomas Jefferson. The Museum on Courthouse Square is a letterbox site, as is the Library. And two more letterboxing sites nearby are at the Staunton River Battlefield State Park, where a few old men and young boys turned back federal troops bent on destroying the link between Danville and Richmond.
You will probably also find a geocache nearby. I am not listing the coordinates for this one. It is just a "plain" letterbox, with stamp and logbook inside.