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Hidden : 05/07/2013
In Iowa, United States
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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A HUGE thanks to April Kamp-Whittaker, David Morton, Deb Engmark, and the rest of the Brucemore staff for allowing this cache to be placed and the creation/purchase of the trackable tag!!

2014 IGO People's Choice Award Winner--Most Creative

2014 IGO People's Choice Award Winner--Best Scenery

2014 IGO People's Choice Award Winner--Most Favored cache of 2013


1) ***DISCLAIMER***While I have been granted permission, this geocache is not officially affiliated or a product of Brucemore. Please respect this historic property while completing this cache.

2) ***Please only enter the property via the Linden Dr entrance and exit via the 1st Avenue exit. Please use parking coordinates provided in the waypoints***
You can see the Entrance/Parking/Exit map HERE....MAP

3) ***Please note the hours of operation/availability***
(Visitor Center: Mon-Sat: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun: Noon-4 p.m.) (Mar-Dec)
You can get the full hours HERE....Hours

4) ***If the gates are closed, the property is closed and do not enter***

5) ***Before doing this cache, please check the Brucemore event page to ensure there are no special events taking place.***
You can get the event schedule HERE....Event Schedule

6) ***PLEASE, only 1 tag per registered geocaching name.***

7) ***If the passports at the 1st stage are getting low, please inform the staff at the gift shop***.

8) ***Please do NOT take the photobook at the final with you. This is to remain at the FINAL location for all to enjoy.***


About The Cache:

****This is a 9 stage multi-cache that will take you all around the historical Brucemore grounds.****

1) At the first stage, you will find an ammo can that has the "passport" included in it that you will need.

2) The passport will be used at every stage. Each stage will have a brass piece that has a Dymo label word on one side, and coordinates to the next stage on the other. Use the crayon at each stage to do a "rubbing" of the Dymo label word onto your passport.

3) Upon completion of the multi cache with ALL "rubbings" obtained, you can turn your passport into the staff at the Visitor Center to receive a Brucemore trackable tag!!


Brucemore, a park-like, 26-acre estate in the heart of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the site of a Queen Anne-style mansion, formal gardens, a children’s garden, night garden, pond, orchard, and woodland. Built between 1884 and 1886 by Caroline Sinclair, widow of pioneer industrialist T.M. Sinclair, Brucemore has been home to three prominent families who used the estate as a center for culture and the arts. Brucemore, whose name alludes to the Scottish moors of the second owner's ancestral home, is Iowa's only National Trust Historic Site and is preserved by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in co-stewardship with Brucemore, Inc. Under the name of the T.M. Sinclair Mansion, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion has three stories, and contains twenty-one rooms. Notable features of the home are its steeply gabled roof, five chimneys, and several turrets.

Brucemore is the story of three wealthy families: industrialists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, boosters, neighbors, and friends. The men created great fortunes: Thomas Sinclair in meatpacking; George Bruce Douglas in starch processing; and Howard Hall in manufacturing. However, the women of Brucemore are at the heart of the story; Caroline Sinclair built the mansion; Irene Douglas transformed it to a country estate; and Margaret Hall gave it to the National Trust.

The Brucemore families
Their stories are unique, but share a common trait - the three families of Brucemore each reflected and influenced the community in which they lived. Click on each family name to learn more.

The Sinclair Family

The Douglas Family

The Hall Family

The Architecture
When Margaret Douglas Hall gifted Brucemore to the National Trust in 1981, the house represented a blend of stylistic trends and modifications made by the three families who called the house their home.

Each family updated and modernized the home as they needed, much the same way that you renovate bathrooms, update kitchens, and add "great rooms" to your own homes. The Brucemore Mansion demonstrates in subtle ways the changes in tastes and technology spanning a century of residency.
You can learn more about the architecture HERE....Architecture

Sinclair Era--1884-1906

Douglas Era--1906-1937

Hall Era--1937-1981

The Landscape
Brucemore's bucolic landscape - with its rolling yards, soaring trees, timber-lined pond, and stunning gardens - is more than a beautiful setting. It also exhibits over 120 years of history.

Each of the families who lived on the estate left their mark. You can still experience the sweeping front lawn from Caroline Sinclair's era that showcases the Mansion atop a soaring hill; the naturalistic landscape designs of the Douglas era that create charming outdoor rooms; and the subtle, modern additions of the Halls.

The Brucemore landscape is a time capsule, preserving evidence of decades past.
You can learn more about the architecture HERE....Landscape

Sinclair Era--1884-1906

Douglas Era--1906-1937

Hall Era--1937-1981

Leo the Lion and other pets
Brucemore has always been home to a range of animals. Originally built as a Carriage House and barn, the Visitor Center was home to several horses, a cow, and a Shetland pony named Neddie who pulled a cart for the Douglas girls.

Dogs also had a prominent role in the Douglas and Hall homes. While the Douglas family generally had a pet dog, the Halls' German Shepherds are the most memorable examples. Howard admired loyalty and bravery in people - traits he also sought in his dogs. Brucemore was usually inhabited by at least two German Shepherds. Their residence on the estate is memorialized in the Pet Cemetery and the dog statues on the grounds.

Employees at Howard's company fondly remember him arriving at work in his "dog car" and the presence of the dogs sleeping under his desk during the day.

Perhaps the most famous Brucemore resident was Howard and Margaret Hall's pet lion, Leo.
You can learn more about the Halls' menagerie HERE (scroll down to the bottom of the page)....Brucemore Pets

Howard Hall and pets

Discover Fun Facts
Download and print these activity sheets for your next trip to Brucemore! Discover new information about the history of the buildings, the diversity of plants blooming around the estate, or the wildlife seen at the property.
Fun Activities

****A HUGE thanks to Frank (dazedandconfused) for building the container for the final location. Also a HUGE thanks to SuperGoober in assisting with the cache placement!****

****Guided tours of the 21-room Queen Anne Mansion are available March through December. Tours begin on the hour and last approximately 50 minutes.****
You can get info about the tour HERE....Tour Info

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