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Black Mansion Traditional Geocache

This cache has been archived.

Pi Even: I went to check on the cache and it was missing. The spot it was hidden in seems too easy for a muggle to find. I looked around for a better spot, but did not see one. Deciding to archive it.

Hidden : 09/20/2015
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3 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Cache is near the Black Mansion in Levy Preserve.  Parking lot off Route 35 in South Salem, NY.

Cache is not in the Mansion remains.

After placing the cache, I walked the trails. There are several new trails since I was last here. One trail led to the Vernal pool, which is listed as VP on the map at the kiosk. A waypoint for VP is below.


Not far from the entrance of the Leon Levy Preserve in South Salem are the ruins of the Bell estate, known as the “Black Mansion.” Hardly resembling a residence, the ruins are more like the remnants of an ancient stone castle, with only a few pieces of free-standing wall and empty window casings to remind the generations of what once stood.

According to Town Historian Maureen Koehl, the mansion was developed along with many of the other structures on the property by an organic chemist and president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. James Mason Crafts, after he bought the property around 1890.

Among the structures built were a laboratory, ice house, coach house, and garage with six bays and a grease pit. A history of the mansion is included in Ms. Koehl’s book Lewisboro Ghosts: Strange Tales and Scary Sightings.

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