On June 17, 1775, New England soldiers faced the British army for the first time in a pitched battle. Popularly known as "The Battle of Bunker Hill," bloody fighting took place throughout a hilly landscape of fenced pastures that were situated across the Charles River from Boston. Though the British forces claimed the field, the casualties inflicted by the Provincial solders from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire were staggering. Of the some 2,400 British Soldiers and Marines engaged, some 1,000 were wounded or killed.
Fifty years after the battle, the Marquis De Lafayette set the cornerstone of what would become a lasting monument and tribute to the memory of the Battle of Bunker Hill. The project was ambitious: construct a 221-foot tall obelisk built entirely from quarried granite. It took over seventeen years to complete, but it still stands to this day atop a prominence of the battlefield now known as Breed's Hill. Marking the site where Provincial forces constructed an earthen fort, or "Redoubt," prior to the battle, this site remains the focal point of the battle's memory.
The Bunker Hill Monument, Lodge, and Museum are National Park Service sites.
- No fees - Free admission (Call to double check hours as they occasionally change them around)
- Bunker Hill Monument Hours: Open for climbing, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. when conditions permit.
- Bunker Hill Museum Hours: Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For this virtual cache you will need to climb to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument.
What is the assignment to log this virtual cache as a find?
The quickest way to verify your answer is to send an email with your caching name, or in the case of a team all your caching names, in the subject of the message to XYZGC@gmail.com (Fill in XYZ value using the three words which you collected above). Also please add text of some sort to actual email message to avoid gmail thinking it's spam. If you have the right answer, you should get an email right away giving you permission to log the cache. Don't forget to upload your picture(s) to your log! Logs without permission and/or pictures will be deleted, unfortunately. Alternatively, feel free to send your answers to me through the Geocaching.com message center, but it may take a little longer for me to reply.
- A photo of you or your GPSr @ Step 294
- The three word phrase that you find on the top floor
*Be sure to check out my Wherigo tour of the entire Boston Freedom Trail which ends at this location as well*
The Boston Freedom Trail Wherigo
*During the Government Shutdown ONLY there is an alternative requirement. That requirement is to take a picture of you or a piece of paper with your caching name & date, at the gate that shows both you/caching paper & the Government Shutdown sign in it. *
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.