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All Aboard! Next Stop, Fairfax Station! Wherigo Cache

Hidden : 07/26/2015
2.5 out of 5
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

A fun, family-friendly walking tour of historic St. Mary’s Church and the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum! You are looking for a small camo-covered cylindrical tube containing a log and a pencil. Bring your own writing instrument just in case. You must have a Wherigo-enabled device to find this cache; it is NOT at the posted coordinates. Click the button below to download the cartridge.

Helpful Tip: If you are playing on a smart phone, close all extraneous apps. These can compete with the memory of your device and cause the Wherigo player to crash.


Welcome to Fairfax Station’s first ever Wherigo cache! Your adventure today will take you on a pleasant little tour of two wonderful hidden gems within Fairfax Station: St. Mary's Church, and the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. The complete tour is about 0.5 miles total and the starting point at the parking lot of St. Mary’s Church. The Railroad Museum is a short drive from the church on Fairfax Station road. As you tour the grounds of the church and the museum, you will visit some historical markers or landmarks, learn more about their role during the American Civil War and you will have a chance to see some really cool railroad displays at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. Along the way, you will be asked questions and will need to solve a field puzzle at end of the Wherigo to find the Geocache. Don't worry, the questions are easy and most can be answered only if you are on site. I highly recommend visiting the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, which is open on Sundays from 1-4 PM. It is a great place to view model train displays, explore local Civil War history, railroading, and the fascinating story of the local Fairfax Station community. There is a small admission fee if you wish enter the railroad museum, but you do not need to enter the museum to complete this wherigo. Please be aware that there are events or church service that are being held at these sites at times and that parking can be very limited.

The source of information for this Wherigo came from Fairfax Station Railroad Museum,St. Mary's of Sorrows Church,The Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and Wikipedia. If you wish to learn more about Wherigos and how to build them, you can check out the Wherigo Foundation. Free Wherigo players are available for Androids, iPhones and Windows Phone. Feedback on this cartridge is always welcome!

Many thanks to the staff at the Fairfax Station Train Museum for sharing the local history of this area and for the permission of this cache. Thanks to Nighthawk700 for the very helpful feedback in building this Wherigo cartidge. I hope you enjoy my little tour of St. Mary’s Church and the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum!

Congratulations to Ezio10 for making his 2600th cache find here!

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NOTICE: This cache is hidden with the full permission of the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum and to the full knowledge of their staff. Please be respectful of other visitors and cautious of the muggles around. This specifically includes museum and the church’s access times. Unless posted otherwise, all grounds of the museum and the church are open from Dawn to Dusk. Night Caching at these sites are expressly forbidden.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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