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GeoTrail Alert: Your Ultimate Guide to Exploring Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Photo credit: Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Photo credit: Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Looking for a cool way to #FindYourPark, an initiative from the National Park Service to commemorate its 100th anniversary? The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area is launching a new GeoTrail in October, with 15 geocaches located in historic sites throughout the region (and you won’t get any hints out of us, cheaters!).

Located just below the Mason-Dixon line—the dividing line between the North and South during the Civil War—the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area crosses portions of Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties. The GeoTrail will bring geocachers of all levels to significant Civil War locations and provide a great jumping off point to explore this diverse region.

Heritage area highlights include:

  • Relax and indulge in the rich history of Emerald Hill, a beautiful park that helped shape the City of Westminster’s history for nearly 175 years. Serving as Westminster’s City Hall from 1942 until 2014, the site is now home to a new county visitor center. The Historical Society of Carroll County hosts a number of exhibits and programs in Emerald Hill throughout the year – check their calendar of events to plan your own fun-filled day!
  • Capture the serenity and quiet calm of Mount Olivet in Historic Frederick. Established in 1852, Mount Olivet houses the Francis Scott Key Memorial Monument as well as gravesites for famous Unionist Barbara Fritchie and the first governor of the state of Maryland, Gov. Thomas Johnson. With nearly 40,000 graves, the cemetery serves as a final resting place for Union and Confederate soldiers alike.

A detailed Heart of the Civil War passport, trail requirements and list of caches along the GeoTrail will be distributed at the Frederick Visitor Center on Oct. 1. (Bonus: the first 200 geocachers to complete the trail can win a trackable geocoin!)

For more information regarding the parks, sites and GeoTrail, check out HeartoftheCivilWar.org.