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Virtual Reward: Filoli

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Hidden : 08/24/2017
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Filoli is owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a non-profit organization and is a California Historic Landmark.

Filoli, pronounced Fie-Lowly, is an historic 56-room mansion or country house and estate in Woodside, California. It is surrounded by 16 acres of beautifully maintained gardens. The house was built in the early twentieth century in a predominantly English Georgian style. The gardens are spectacular and include a wide variety of trees, flowers, plants and garden architecture. The displays vary throughout the year. Visitors can tour the garden and the house. Both are wheelchair-accessible. It has a gift shop and cafe in the Visitor Center. Events such as concerts are held there and it can be reserved for private events. It is perhaps best known as the set for the Carrington Mansion on the television show Dynasty. You can learn much more about the estate from its website (see Related Website link above), Wikipedia, and, of course, by visiting it. Check the website for visiting hours. As of this writing it is open Tuesday through Sunday 10AM to 5PM (admission closes at 4:30).

A fee is charged to tour the grounds and house, but the public can enter the main parking lot and visit the cafe for free. In order to avoid requiring geocachers to pay admission to claim this cache, my logging requirements can be done by visiting the entrance to the visitor center. However, if you do not go in and tour the gardens, you are only cheating yourself. To log the cache send me a picture of the square green sign with an arrow pointing to the Visitor Center (at the posted coordinates); I would love a picture of you or your caching partner there, but you do not have to include yourself in the photo. If for some reason that sign is not present at the posted coordinates, take several other pictures of the grounds and email me the photographic evidence you were there. Please do NOT post a picture of the sign with your log - email or message it to me. (It seems you can't attach a photo to the email feature at, but you can paste the photo into a message. ) However, I encourage you to post other photos of the gardens or house with your log. I am posting several from my recent visit there.

Virtual Reward - 2017/2018 This Virtual Cache is part of a limited release of Virtuals created between August 24, 2017 and August 24, 2018. Only 4,000 cache owners were given the opportunity to hide a Virtual Cache. Learn more about Virtual Rewards on the Geocaching Blog.

COVID-19 update: the sign may be covered. Just send any photo of a recognizable part of the front or grounds.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[There are already many excellent photos of the grounds and the mansion posted. Click the gallery link just above the logs to see them all.]

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(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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