Check the 'Fridge LbNA # 41411 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||May 26 2008|
|Last Edited||Dec 30 2015|
THIS STAMP IS REPORTED MISSING. I WILL HAVE IT REPLACED SHORTLY AND WILL UPDATE THE CLUES.
Check the ‘Fridge
Occaneechee State Park is located in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, just outside the town of Clarksville. The park borders Buggs Island Lake. Buggs Island Lake, also known as John H. Kerr Reservoir is Virginia’s largest lake.
The park features 18.1 miles of trails that allow visitors to experience the history of the Occoneechee Indians and plantation life in the 1800s. The land is actually leased by Virginia for recreational use from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There are a number of camping sites, several cabins and two lodges in the park. There are also some sites designated as Equestrian with covered stalls available.
About 3.1 miles of walking trails wind through woodlands throughout the park. A one-mile self-guided interpretive trail takes visitors to the terraced gardens of the Old Plantation grounds. The park also has a 17-mile round trip multi-purpose linear trail for hiking, biking and horseback riding. There are several picnic shelters and a gift shop.
The entrance to Occaneechee State Park is located on Route 58 one mile east of Clarksville.
William Townes built a plantation on this land by the water over 200 years ago. The mansion had over 20 rooms, horse stables, a smokehouse, servants’ quarters and very beautiful terraced gardens. Those were built around 1839. The plantation was about 3,100 acres. In 1898 the mansion was destroyed by fire. The landscaping of the garden can still be seen in the park today.
The Old Plantation Interpretive Trail brings you to the site of the old mansion and Terrace Gardens. As part of life in those times, the plantation owners would cut ice in winter from ponds and store it in pits dug into the ground to keep foods cold. This letter box is placed near the Old Time Refrigerator. Once you locate the ‘Fridge, stand near the interpretive sign looking at the pit. On the left side of the pit is a tree with a hollowed out spot. Check the spot and you should find the box. Please let us know if you find this box!