Brushy Creek Series  LbNA # 38311

Placed DateMar 16 2008
LocationBrushy Creek, TX
Found By Two_IsForMirth
Last Found May 31 2010
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Brushy Creek Series

To find these two letterboxes we will bring you to the historic Brushy Creek arbor. This site of early camp meetings is found nestled in a forest of native trees and boasts its own artesian spring fed well.

The log-hewn arbor was built in 1873 mostly by early pioneers from Anderson County, South Carolina. Reportedly, it is only by coincidence that the settlers ended up in Anderson County, Texas. Actually, the community of Brushy Creek was named after a stream that flowed near the settlers former homes in South Carolina.

The arbor stands, little changed from its early days. The beams and rafters were made from sweet gum trees and are part of the original construction. The roof has recently been re-covered with sheet iron.

People came from miles around the area in covered wagons and horseback to attend the camp meetings. The site was built primarily by Methodists, but has been used traditionally by all denominations and even for secular activities.

A Texas historical marker was dedicated at the site in 1981 and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The site is associated with the Brushy Creek United Methodist Church. Descendants of the early Brushy Creek settlers gather on the first Sunday of September for a homecoming at the arbor.

Directions to the Arbor:
From 287 take 321E to 315N. Travel on 315N for 6.5 miles. Then, take a left on FM 837. Lookout for the Brushy Creek Arbor on your left.

From Palestine take 315N until you reach FM 837. Take a left and look for the Arbor on your left.

Box # 1 – The Old Spring at Brushy Creek – Park at the arbor. Then, walk around the left side of the arbor and down the path to the spring. The spring is visible from the arbor and is surrounded by an ornamental iron fence. Go up to the fence and read the memorial marker. When you’re ready to find the box, look to your left and walk to the corner of the fence in that direction. Look across the creek for the largest pine (you will be looking straight at it, but it will be several paces from you and uphill.) The box is located behind this tree and at its base. Please re-hide well and as always be careful of critters,poison ivy and the like.

Box # 2 – Brushy Creek – To find the next box you will need to get back on the trail you were previously on, and head away from the arbor. Keep going until you reach the Brushy Creek United Methodist Church. Go to the marker for the time capsule which is to be opened in 2094. Turn with your back to the marker (facing the trail to the spring.) Cross the asphalt drive and proceed to the largest oak on your right. The box is between this tree and another, smaller tree right behind it. These two trees arch over the trail. Please re-hid well and as always be careful of critters, poison ivy and the like.