Spirit of '76  LbNA # 25053

Placed DateAug 30 2006
LocationWellington, OH
Found By mama bear ohio
Last Found Jun 8 2013
Hike Distance?

Placed by Meredith and Michelle.


Archibald M. Willard was 17 years old when his family moved to Wellington in 1853. He quickly earned a job painting carriages and wagons for a man named E. S. Tripp. Willard served as a color sergeant in the 86th Ohio Infantry during the Civil War. During this time, he was able to sketch many drawings, some of which appeared in Harper’s Magazine, and others he sold to fellow soldiers.

While looking out his window one holiday, Willard saw three members of the Brighton Fife & Drum Corps playing around as they waited for a parade to begin. He sketched a comic called “Yankee Doodle” and presented it to a Cleveland art dealer who suggested that Willard create a serious version. Thus, the famous “Spirit of ‘76” painting was born. The original “Spirit of ‘76” painting is housed in Massachusetts, but several others were created by Willard, including three at Herrick Memorial Library.

The box is located somewhere inside Herrick Memorial Library in downtown Wellington (State Routes 18 and 58). You will need to observe the Archibald Willard paintings that are located upstairs in the library. Please be respectful to the library and other visitors, and by all means do not touch the paintings!

Bring a stamp pad and a pen.

Library Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (closed on Sundays Memorial Day through Labor Day)

The paintings/drawings on the north side of the library are:

Spirit of ’76 Painting and Drawings (3) - Henry Devereaux, Willard’s father Samuel, and Hugh Mosher posed for the “Spirit of ‘76”
Ohio Landscape Paintings (2) – Pictures the Cuyahoga River
Hugh Mosher Portrait – Fife player and friend of Willard who posed for the “Spirit of ‘76”
Ohio Landscape Painting – Pictures an unknown location in Ohio

The paintings on the south side of the library are:

Tripp Sisters Painting – Sisters Addie and Carrie Tripp were the daughters of E.S. Tripp, the man for whom Willard worked.
Pluck Painting - Willard’s own kids served as models for this painting
Bees Painting – Willard’s own kids served as models for this painting as well
Village of Wellington Painting – Depicts South Main Street looking uptown from the corner of Magyar Street and South Main
Blue Girl Painting – Depicts a young girl named Hattie Pratt in 1860.


Using the information above and by observing the paintings, answer the following:

__________ - Instrument Hugh Mosher is playing in the Spirit of ‘76

__________ - Type of waterway depicted in two of the Ohio Landscapes

__________ - Dress color of the girl on the left in Tripp Sisters

__________ - Number of spikes on the rake in Bees

__________ - Last name of the sisters in the painting Tripp Sisters

__________ - Instrument Henry Devereaux and Samuel Willard are playing in the Spirit of ‘76

__________ - Side of the street depicted in the Village of Wellington

__________ - Object below the front wagon wheel in Pluck

__________ - They are getting stung by bees in Bees

The first letter of each word, in the order listed above, will reveal where the letterbox is located.

Hope you had fun!