This cache is nearing it's three year lifespan and will be archived sometime in May. Chester County Parks and Recreation is agreeable to having a replacement cache hidden. In fact, the area is divided into three sections, and they are agreeable to having one cache placed in each section. So, is anyone, two, or three of you interested in placing a new cache here? (Two cachers have now expressed an interest in these locations). I have a PDF map of the three sections that I can email to anyone that makes a request. This is Chester County Parks and Recreation land. There is a permit process for approval. Nothing scary. They just need some information about you and the cache hide. After I had gotten the coords, I filled out the permit right there at the office (located very close to Warwick Park). Drop a note here or drop a note to my profile if you are interested.
Open year-round, 8 AM to sunset. Dogs allowed on leash. Some hunting DOES occur in this area. This property is also bordered by some "Approved Trout Waters" of the French Creek. That means parking will be at a premium the first Day/Week of Trout Season. NOTE - New for 2007: Trout opening day here is Saturday March 31st 2007 in the 18-county Northease region (while the rest of the state will see trout season open April 14).
There are two possible Trailheads to access this Cache. This is a very nice wooded area, but it is not overly large. There is only limited parking near each Trailhead, and they are within easy walking distance of each other. The lower elevation trail follows the South bank of the French Creek. All moisture drains toward this low area and then into the Creek. There can be some wet spots on this trail. Near this approach there is parking space for about 4 or 5 cars at N 40° 09.280' W 075° 38.420' (South end of Bridge, West side of the road). There is also roadside space to park 2 cars at the higher elevation trail. If there has been any recent wet weather this would be the drier alternative. This is also the more "kid friendly" approach. Parking coords here are N 40° 09.225' W075° 38.380' at the Sawmill 1900 sign. I have revisited recently during the warmer weather and have to qualify my "kid friendly" observation about the upper trail. This is also a Horse trail. There is Horse Exhaust on this trail. The lower trail along the creek is longer, wetter, and has a few minor obstacles. But no Horse Exhaust. Note: This Cache was originally a black painted .30 cal. Ammo Can. On 8/19/07 during a maintenance check I discovered the Ammo Can is gone. I replaced it with a small container, updated the hint and bumped up the difficulty. Lets see how long this one lasts.
I can't find any remaining evidence of the actual sawmill at this location. But, after you find the Cache you can explore what does remain from the past. At N 40° 09.158' W 075° 38.230' there is an old cement and stone Water Raceway. Look for a Name and Year (1925) scratched into the Cement of the Raceway. Facing upstream look on the Right side of the Creek. This could be covered with leaves, silt, or higher than normal water. What do you make out the Name to be? Notice the sections of Pipe and an old Valve still lying there. The area between the Cache and the Raceway is somewhat rocky.
If you approached by way of the lower trail (along the Creek) at N 40° 09.227' W 075° 38.189' you should have noticed another 1925 Cement Pour with a Pipe stub sticking out of the top. Do you notice the Full Date and Initials scratched into the West Side? What is the relationship between these two 1925 man made objects. Was there a water pipe running from the Raceway down to this point near the creek? Why? And at N 40° 09.212' W 075° 38.155' there is an undated small toppled structure. What was the purpose of this?
Also notice a Charcoal Pit at N 40° 09.212' W 075° 38.140' very near the toppled structure. Are they related? Heat was an important ingredient needed to produce Iron. Charcoal, when fired provided heat to melt the Ore. Because Charcoal burned hotter and cleaner, it was superior to using wood in a Furnace. To make the Charcoal, felled timbers were brought to a flat space free of brush, roots, and stumps to be burned. Much care was taken so that the surface was hard and smooth to afford good shoveling and raking of the coal. It had to be level to assure uniform burning. Anything growing in this flat space now, has only taken root since the production of Charcoal ceased.
||This cache was placed with the permission of Chester County Parks & Recreation Department. All caches must have the permission of Chester County Parks and Recreation Department. Please follow all Chester County Parks and Recreation Rule and Regulations. Parks are open year-round, 8 am to sunset. Dogs are permitted on a 6' leash. Hunting may take place within the parks during applicable hunting seasons. For more information on Chester County Parks and contact information, please visit http://www.chesco.org/ccparks.