Here's a cache especially for history buffs and social studies teachers. The log reports that appear at the bottom of the page will create a collection of descriptions and photos of historic forts around the world. You are not limited to the United States, so please help out with forts from every continent.
Here in Liverpool, New York there's a 17th Century fort on the eastern shore of Onondga Lake. It's a beautiful lake that also borders the much larger city of Syracuse at the its southern end, and offers lovely scenic views from many high points around Onondaga County. I saw it first as a freshman at Syracuse University in 1969 from a dormitory on Mt. Olympus.
Learn more about our local fort by visiting these sites:
Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois - Onondaga County Parks
Sainte Marie among the Iroquois
Students may wish to create their own page like this: Welcome to Our Fort Page
And here's an introductory book on the topic of forts:
Historic North American Forts Coloring Book
Teachers might create a page on forts, too!
Teachers Tips For Field Trips
Have you tried letterboxing yet? It's like geocaching without a GPS receiver: just clues, a compass, and brains! If you like solving the letterbox puzzle at the fort, there's another one just just down the road at the Salt Museum.
Sainte Marie Letterbox
Here are the rules to log this cache:
1. Upload a photo of an historic fort you have visited - specifically to log this cache - that shows you and your GPS in the shot. Only one log per player, and each fort can be logged only once. Please read ALL the logs to be sure you're the first and only player logging your particular fort. Duplicates will be deleted.
2. Record the GPS coordinates for the fort entrance area in your log report. Use the special latitude-longitude boxes that appear in the log report form. Upload your GPS confirmation photo immediately after submitting the log. Please do not make us wait for your fort photos. Have them ready when you write your log.
3. Please tell us about the fort, and be sure to include its name. Provide some interesting facts about its history and the significant events that occured there. If you tell the story well, you'll help the museum staff sell more tickets - they can use the money. Look for a website about your fort to include in your log.
4. No re-enactments are necessary, but if that's your thing, let us see you in action and full costume.
Have lots of fun investigating military history!