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The Patriot's Cemetery

A cache by Old Navy Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 10/01/2005
2.5 out of 5
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This is a TWO stage mystery cache located in the Deserted Village section of the 2065 acre Watchung Reservation, Union County NJ. This site is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. A trail map can be obtained at the Trailside Nature center, New Providence Rd. Enjoy a nice easy hike on the trails with some bushwhacking.

The published coordinates take you to the historic cemetery of Revolution War Patriots Willcocks and Badgley and their family. There are an estimated 24 graves in this little modest cemetery. The original headstone is of John Willcocks who died November 22, 1776. John Willcocks was a member of "Captain Marsh's Light Horse Troop", and was killed defending General George Washington retreat across New Jersey.

The following is the historical event in the Revolution of when John Willcocks was killed defending our freedom: On November 16, 1776, Fort Washington fell to an overwhelming assault by the British forces that captured over 2,000 American troops. Following the fall of New York City to British occupation, the Continental Army crossed the Hudson River and scaled the Palisades to man the fortifications on the bluffs of Fort Lee.

General Washington, realizing that with the loss of New York's Fort Washington, Fort Lee was of little military value, and made preparations to evacuate his remaining army through New Jersey. An orderly retreat, however, was not in store for the Americans.

On November 20, General Cornwallis ferried between 6,000 and 8,000 men across the Hudson River north of Fort Lee. When word of the crossing reached Washington, he ordered the abandonment of Fort Lee and an immediate retreat before his army was cut off and captured by the British. Most of the American supplies and artillery had to be left behind. During these darkest days for the Revolution when it seemed as though the Continental Army could not survive, Thomas Paine, who was in Fort Lee with Washington’s army, wrote the famous words, “These are the times that try men’s souls.”

The other Patriots graves, John's brother William Willcocks died in 1800 after serving as Judge advocate in Chatham NJ, during the war, for Revolutionary court martials. Their cousin Joseph Badgley died in 1785.

You must complete the puzzle below to acquire the coordinates to the final stage,which is an Ammo box with logbook and trade items.

Please rehide and secure cache before leaving. Parking is available off of Glenside Road at N40 41.002, W074 23.295.

The Puzzle


A=____ What month did William Willcocks die?

1. August 2. October 3. September

B=____ How many tombstones are in the cemetery?

1. 5 2. 3 3. 12 4. 17

C=____What month did Joseph Badgley die?

1. May 2. March 3. April 4. December

D=____What Rank was Joseph Badgley?

1. Lt. 2. Sgt. 3. Pvt. 4. Cptn.

E=____What is the name in person Buried at the far Left?

1. Jane 2.Phebe 3. Catherine 4. Sara


First Stage Coordinates: Results:

N40 40.(C+D+E)(B+C)(B) N40 __ __. __ __ __

W74 23.(0)(A)(A+C+E) W74 __ __. __ __ __

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Decryption Key


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