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VCCGT: Rest 'n Peace CC #1 - Benner Cemetery Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 01/27/2011
1.5 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

This is the 1st in the Rest n' Peace Cemetery Series - Centre County. It is a long abandoned family cemetery, and one of Centre County's original founders and namegiver General Philip Benner is buried here.

You have found your next adventure! Thank you for joining us for the “Visit Centre County” GeoTour as we show you some of our most favorite caching locations to include state parks, beautiful vistas, and historical points of interest! Our team of GeoTour planners have worked very hard to put together various cache types to keep the GeoTour interesting and challenging; however, no geocache should be beyond a 3/3.5 for terrain and/or difficulty! We are pleased to show you around our County and hope that you will enjoy the GeoTour and complete your passport to collect your custom GeoTour Geocoin (there is a minimum number of caches required to receive coin)!

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Download your “Visit Centre County” GeoTour passport and/or your Jr. Geocaching Passport or pick-up paper copies at the following coordinates: N 40° 48.879; W 077° 51.274 (Happy Valley Adventure Bureau). You’ll return your passport to the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau when complete and collect your prize if you meet the minimum requirements!

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This is the first cache in the Rest n' Peace Cemetery Series - Centre County, and I could think of no better start than a cemetery that has been off-limits to the public for a quite a long time and has most likely been wholly forgotten. Members of an influential founding family are interred here, with the last known burial in 1890.

Parking for the cache is noted, and it will be a short walk on a dirt road to find the cache. At the parking coordinates you will find an artifact from the previous owner, a No Trespassing Sign from The Rockview State Penitentiary. Following the land transfer deal completed in 2010 this land is now owned by The Pennsylvania State University. If you feel uncomfortable accessing this cache, please choose another to find.

I repeat. This land is NO LONGER OWNED by The Rockview State Penitentiary and is owned now by Penn State. The transfer was signed into law on July 9th, 2010, by Governor Edward Rendell in HB1890.

Please see the attached image of the land apportionment and/or follow the links below if you would like further verification.
PA House Bill 1890 signed into law
Map of New Property Ownership
Penn State dean praises collaboration in passage of Rockview land bill

As with any cemetery cache, please be respectful of those interred here.
For a listing of those buried in this cemetery, Click Here.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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