“FLORIDA SPIRIT QUEST”
The Florida Spirit Quest series of geocaches will take you to a number of historic sites and cemeteries built by Florida Pioneers. In six years, the Spirit Quest has grown to over 800 caches hidden in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Ontario and the hiders have grown to over fifty cacher teams. Thousands of cacher teams have logged over 50,000 finds on these series.
Curlew Pioneer Cemetery
FLORIDA SPIRIT QUEST #001
"THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER"
Welcome to Curlew Pioneer Cemetery, established in 1869, an old Churchyard burial ground in Palm Harbor Florida.
The coordinates listed above will take you to the Monument for Sherrod Edwards, the first Lighthouse keeper for the Egmont Key Lighthouse.
His Light was officially certified on April 19, 1848, and shortly thereafter he activated it. At that time, the lighthouse was the only one between Key West and St. Marks. On September 23, 1848, a powerful hurricane covered Egmont Key with several feet of water. Called the Great Hurricane of '48, this storm is estimated to have had winds equaling those of Katrina in 2005, with 18 foot storm surges. Keeper Edwards and his family, according to local legend, survived the storm by seeking refuge in a small boat tethered to a Palmetto tree. Shortly thereafter, Keeper Sherrod Edwards rowed his family ashore and resigned. The lighthouse was later rebuilt and still stands, now part of a State Park.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to pay your respects to Mr. Edwards' monument, located at the coordinates listed above, then to note the monument of "Sarah", buried near to him. Sarah, according to her monument, was a "beloved wife" of a man whose first name was not the same as the Lighthousekeeper's.
Cooridinates to the container are:
N28 03.x and W82 44.y
where x = Sarah's Birth Year minus 1668 and
y = Sarah's Death year minus 1129
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO UPLOAD A PHOTOGRAPH OF A MONUMENT AND/OR TRANSCRIPTION THAT YOU CONSIDSER WORTHY OF NOTE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DO SO
The cache container is a 35mm film can. BYOP. The cache is not located inside the cemetery or near a grave...Do not disturb monuments. If you find a fallen US flag, please stick it back in the ground or in its holder. As always, please be respectful, and cache in, trash out.
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