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NYANC - The Powhatan Witch Project Multi-cache

This cache has been archived.

offline.cacher: On Sept 2, 2010, Jim Bowman, Wildlife Biologist Manager for the Virginia Wildlife Management Areas sent me this email...

"Thank you for your inquiry. Virginia's wildlife management areas (WMA) were purchased using funds derived from hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, as well as contributions made by the Federal Assistance in Wildlife Restoration Program. As such, WMAs have been purchased and are managed for the purposes of habitat management and production of wildlife. Certain wildlife-related recreational acitvities are consistent and compatible with this objective, but not all outdoor recreation can be accomodated. As geocaching is not related to, nor does it support wildlife or habitat management, this activity is not allowed on our WMAs."

Unfortunately, this cache will have to be moved from the area.

Hidden : 06/11/2007
2 out of 5
3 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

NYANC - The Powhatan Witch Project

In October 2001, a group of Richmond geocachers ventured into the Powhatan Wildlife Management Area with the goal of hiding a new multi-geocache for Halloween that year. They were never seen or heard from again.

Legend has it that there is a witch that haunts the woods of the Powhatan Wildlife Management Area known as 'the Powhatan Witch'.

In October 2000, Elsy Deadward was accused by several geocachers of luring them deep into the PWMA keeping them as prisoners and torturing them. They were lucky to escape her. She was found guilty of witchcraft and torturing the geocachers, banished from the wildlife management area during a particularly harsh winter, and presumed to be dead. Today, it is thought that her spirit haunts this area at night never resting, terrorizing anyone who enters 'her' woods.

Prior to their disappearance, it was thought that the Richmond geocachers actually succeeded in hiding their multi-geocache in these woods. Legend has it that by signing your name to the log in this geocache, you will escape the wrath of the Powhatan Witch.

Instructions if you Dare Search for this Legendary Cache.

  • This is a night cache. You can only seek this cache at night.
  • Park at the specified parking coordinates.
  • Start your quest at the posted cache coordinates. This is the site where the geocachers disappeared trying to escape the Powhatan Witch. They marked their route out of the woods from the first stage of their cache. You must follow their marked path to the first stage for further instructions. The first stage is close to the end of a trail. You will use their markers to guide your way to the container.
  • To abide by the rules of the Powhatan Wildlife Management Area, you must keep your group size to 12 persons or less; otherwise, you must obtain a permit to seek this cache.
  • You should allow approximately 2 hours to complete this cache assuming you can escape the wrath of the Powhatan Witch!
  • Good luck and beware of the Powhatan Witch!
  • Information on the Powhatan Wildlife Management Area.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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