Big William's Treasure LbNA # 56756
|Placed Date||Jul 8 2010|
Background information about the location: The letterbox is located along the Rivendell Trail at the Maine Sea Coast Missionís 60-acre Downeast Campus in Cherryfield Maine. The property was originally owned by the Milliken family who made their fortune in the logging industry. A beautiful mansion and formal gardens overlooked the Narraguagus River. The home was destroyed by fire in and the beautiful gardens were overgrown. In 1960, the property was donated to the Maine Sea Coast Mission. Today, the property is home to the EdGE afterschool program, the Missionís direct service programs that assist people with food, clothing, housing and fuel assistance, the Weald Bethel Chapel and over 2 miles of groomed trails. Throughout the property youíll see beautiful gardens, wild flowers, birds, and other wildlife.
Clues: Enter the Downeast Campus on Weald Bethel Lane which is located on Route One in Cherryfield. Go to the end of Weald Bethel Lane until you see the Weald Bethel Chapel. Park and find the kiosk at the trail entrance. At the kiosk, youíll find a trail map which will help you find the box.
Enter the Mirkwood Loop at the kiosk. Walk 22 paces on the trail and look to your right for a tree with a pink circle on it. This is the trail marker for Mirkwood Loop. Continue to walk down the path and find the following things. Walk 50 paces from this tree and find a mound with 5 tree trunks growing out of it. Cross to the other side of Mirkwood Loop and continue to walk downhill. Look to your left and discover roots that are growing out of the ground - Great hiding place for a little animal. Look for a small building on your left; thatís called a lean-to. Continue to look to your left and find a tree with a trail marker. Look for two gigantic spruce trees in that area. The eagleís nest is camouflaged at the top of one of those trees. Keep walking until you get to a place where 2 trails meet.
Take a right on the River Trail. Look for the green trail marker. On your left is the Narraguagus River. Is the tide high or low? Walk 50 paces and look for a very large and very old tree. (I think youíll find two of them.) Which one do you think is named Big William? Keep walking; the letterbox will be 46 paces from Big William. Look for a bridge. Look for a place where two trails meet. Look for a bench at this trail junction. Sit on the bench facing the bridge and the river. Look in the triangle where two trails meet and youíll find your letterbox. Good Luck!