Skip to Content


ECGT - Train to Freedom

A cache by Experience Cortland Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 12/21/2012
1.5 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

Join now to view geocache location details. It's free!


How Geocaching Works

Related Web Page

Please note Use of services is subject to the terms and conditions in our disclaimer.

Geocache Description:

Hey, Geocacher! This is the ninth of 20 coded geocaches on the Experience Cortland GeoTour. Discover the byways and secret hideaways of Cortland County in your quest to find hidden caches. Find ‘em all and be rewarded for your stealth. Record the unique CVB code identified on each geocache logbook onto the Experience Cortland GeoTour map (available online and at the CCCVB Tourist Booth geocache). Good luck, Intrepid Traveler!

Show me a sign, and I will tell you a story. Look closer to the left for geocache glory. 
You stand on the hallowed ground trodden by freedom seekers on their way north, or those of another era softly stepping to their hunting village by the river banks.

Between 1830 and 1860, there were at least sixteen sites in Cortland County purported to have been “stations” for the Underground Railroad. Local citizens, sympathetic to the plight of escaped slaves, assured the free men and women safe passage through the county. The Salisbury-Pratt Homestead, now a private residence, is the most notable of these sites and served as an “underground station” where Oren Cravath sheltered and aided fugitive slaves on their way to Canada.

Despite the risk of penalty defined by the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, Oren’s family provided a secret hiding room next to the fireplace in the old cellar, merely 6’x6’, to conceal the desperate fugitives. Son Erastus M. Cravath carried on his parents’ progressive commitment by devoting his life to the education of freedmen and was instrumental in founding historically black colleges, including Atlantic and Fisk Universities.

Directly across the field to the east and where the Tioughnioga River runs through, an Indian hunting village once thrived, according to the current owner and Pratt direct descendant. In earlier days the riverbanks served as a bountiful source of artifacts, and a farm child could while away a summer day combing the banks for treasures between dips in the slow moving waters.


Additional Hints (Decrypt)


Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



298 Logged Visits

Found it 295     Write note 1     Publish Listing 1     Owner Maintenance 1     

View Logbook | View the Image Gallery of 10 images

**Warning! Spoilers may be included in the descriptions or links.

Current Time:
Last Updated:
Rendered From:Unknown
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

Return to the Top of the Page

Reviewer notes

Use this space to describe your geocache location, container, and how it's hidden to your reviewer. If you've made changes, tell the reviewer what changes you made. The more they know, the easier it is for them to publish your geocache. This note will not be visible to the public when your geocache is published.