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Fort Fisher Hermit

A cache by wwflover13 Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 04/29/2007
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

I highly recommend using the real trail to the bunker which starts at the extra waypoint provided.
If you instead make your way to the bunker from the sharp curve in S Fort Fisher Blvd. please be aware that there are ALLIGATORS IN THIS AREA, and you might wish you'd taken the marked path.


Hermits are usually seldom known to the outside world. But in the case of Robert E. Harrill, he was actually an unofficial North Carolina tourist hotspot! Hundreds of thousands of visitors that came to the Carolina Beach and Kure Beach area from 1955 to 1972 knew of him, and many of them actually made the trip down to the WWII ammo storage bunker that Robert called Home. Over the course of the 17 years that he lived in the bunker, many people left him donations of materials and money. He really had no use for the money, so he buried most of it near the bunker. Nobody knows for sure where the money is buried, or even how much would be there if it could be found. Robert mysteriously died in the summer of 1972. At that time, developers were planning a new development on the area surrounding the bunker. The State also wanted the land, and became involved in a legal dispute with them. There were rumors that Robert had finally made a decision to file a deed to legally claim the land by homestead rights. His death prevented him from ever making it to the courthouse. Some still visit the bunker or his grave at a cemetery in Carolina Beach. People often leave change and seashells on his grave, identified by a stone marker inscribed with the words "He Made People Think".

This cache will show you the bunker where "Fort Fisher Hermit" Robert E Harrill lived for seventeen years, and the cemetery where he is now buried.

AT THE COORDINATES LISTED, USE THE PLAQUE ON THE FRONT OF THE BUNKER TO DECYPHER THE FOLLOWING WITH THE CODE BELOW:

N 34' 01.ABC W 077' 54.XYZ

USE ONLY THE BODY OF THE PLAQUE FOR THE DECYPHER (IGNORE THE TOP TWO HEADING LINES + BOTTOM SPONSOR LINE)


A = NUMBER OF WORDS ON FOURTH LINE, MINUS SIX
B = NUMBER OF WORDS ON FIRST LINE
C = NUMBER OF LETTERS IN FIRST WORD ON LAST LINE

X = NUMBER OF LETTERS IN THIRD WORD ON FIRST LINE
Y = NUMBER OF LETTERS IN SECOND WORD ON SECOND LINE, PLUS ONE
Z = NUMBER OF LETTERS IN FIFTH WORD ON FOURTH LINE


The cache is located near, but not within a historical cemetery. Please walk around the fence and replace the cache the way you found it so others can enjoy the hunt too.

FTF Honors go to pocononc

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