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CROESO O CYMRU!
(Welcome to Wales!)
The rivers of Wales are numberless,
and every river a battle, and every battle a song.
TO ALL SEEKERS: THERE IS NO PHYSICAL CONTAINER AT STAGE 1, AND THERE HASN'T BEEN FOR MORE THAN A YEAR. THE BOLDED AREA IN THE CACHE DESCRIPTION BELOW DESCRIBES HOW TO PROCEED FROM STAGE 1 TO THE FINAL STAGE.
As with all cemeteries, please be respectful of the area and of any gatherings you might encounter. Neither stage of this two-stage cache is located close to any graves.
Welcome to Radnor Cemetery, established around 1807. The earliest surviving marked grave, that of Thomas David, dates to 1810.
If you look around Radnor Cemetery, you will see many names of Welsh origin. These names include Hughes, Roberts, Jones, Griffith/Griffiths, Evans, Jenkins, Price, and Williams. Radnor was one of the earliest Welsh settlements in this part of the country.
The area of Radnor, Ohio, was first explored and surveyed by a young pioneer Welshman named David Pugh in 1802. He had been hired by one Dr. Samuel Jones of Philadelphia, who had received 4,000 acres of land in central Ohio for his service in the American Revolutionary War. Dr. Jones sold the land to David Pugh in March, 1803, for the sum of $2,650. Mr. Pugh named the area Radnor in honor of his birthplace of Maesyfed, Radnorshire, South Wales.
The town of Radnor was first settled in the latter part of 1803 by Henry Perry and his two sons, Levi and Ebenezer, aged 13 and 15. Henry Perry, originally from North Wales, built a cabin and cleared several acres of land in the area over the winter. In the spring of 1804, Henry Perry left his sons in charge of the cabin and returned on foot to Baltimore, Maryland (a distance of more than 500 miles), where he was reunited with his wife and several other children. He and his family then returned, with a hand cart, to Radnor. Mr. Perry bought the first 100-acre lot in Radnor from David Pugh for $150 on June 16, 1804 and this began the development of the town of Radnor.
The graves of several members of the Perry family, including Margaret Perry, wife of Henry, may be found in Radnor Cemetery. According to one source, Margaret Perry is the great great great great great great grandmother of President Barack Obama. For more information about this historical tidbit, click here.
Development in the area was slowed by the War of 1812, but once the war ended more and more Welsh settlers moved to the area and expanded the settlement. In Yr American, a book describing early Welsh settlements in the New World and written in Welsh, it is said, referring to Radnor, that "There are more Welsh people here than anywhere else in Ohio. The land is suitable to raise all sorts of cereal, and is excellent for hay and pasture."
The listed coordinates will bring you to the first of the two stages of this cache. When the cache was first published, we hid a small camouflaged container in a tree at the posted coordinates. The container held a triad, a set of three clues, which pointed seekers to the final cache stage. The tree seems to be slowly falling apart due to repeated lightning strikes, and has had a tendency to "eat" any container hidden within. As a result, we have decided to publish the triad on the cache page.
Go to the published coordinates, then use the triad below to find the final stage:
To the left, a field which may be fallow,
Seek a grove of three, and one apart,
A cave of wood, with a wooden door.
The second and final stage is a full-sized cache container and contains a variety of items representative of Wales and Welsh culture. When first published, the cache included a bag, clearly marked as intended to be left in the cache, containing several items representing Welsh culture. Sadly, this bag has been removed from the cache by person or persons unknown. Other original items, left as swag, include ten small "Wales Forever" buttons (please take just one) and St. David's Society cards. After signing the log book, please return the cache to its hiding place and leave it as you found it.
Be sure to check out the lych gate at the entrance to the cemetery and the nearby Ohio Historical Marker. There is another geocache, Wales Tale, near the entrance.
Thanks for visiting Radnor Cemetery; we hope you enjoyed your stay!
This cache was organized by Little Truffle-Pig, as a project of the St. David's society of Pittsburgh, which promotes awareness and appreciation of Welsh Culture and Heritage.
Congratulations to hhhmmmmm
for being the first to find the Dragon's Hoard!
(No hints available.)