Wayne County Heritage GeoTrail
On April 29th, 2017 a new geocaching program was unveiled at the Wayne County Museum. This program started as a project proposal, written by Executive Director Rebekah Fitzgerald, that was submitted to the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Wayne Class (LWC) last August. After choosing a proposal, the LWC learns all about Wayne County, past and present, and then the project is started in January. Eight months later, we have a completed project!
This GeoTrail includes 50 geocaches spread throughout Wayne County’s towns and historic places. Each stop on the GeoTrail provides geocachers with an appealing way to learn about local history while utilizing smartphones in an educational manner. It is unique in that this form of “interactive history” uses a format (the cellphone) that makes history come alive for a new way of experiencing local history. This project has something to offer every individual living in the county, as well as visitors, instead of one particular organization or age group. Not only is this GeoTrail engaging people within the community with nature, it also connects people to people by bypassing generational boundaries and allowing children, college students, working adults, retirees, and others to intermingle on the geocaching trail; people coming together with people for history.
What is Geocaching?
Put simply, geocaching is a fun, interactive scavenger hunt that uses GPS to find boxes with hidden treasures inside. It attracts people of all ages and is used all over the world, sustained by people who want to see more of the world around them. Go to geocaching.com for more information.
How do I get started?
To get started on the Wayne County Heritage Geotrail, stop by the Wayne County Museum to pick up a trail passport. Prizes for completing the trail are also at the museum!
I want to do the trail, but I really don’t know what to do, can you help me?
No problem! This is a step by step guide as to how to start the trail:
- Stop by the Wayne County Museum and pick up a GeoTrail passport, or download the passport on our website.
- Download the Geocaching app on your mobile device – in order to do our trail, you will need to punch in the codes provided on the passport. In order to do this you will need to pay for a monthly premium membership ($10) or a yearly premium membership ($30), which you can cancel at any time.
- Once you’re armed with your passport and app, all you have to do is punch in the codes provided for you in the passport into your app and your mobile device GPS will take you to the general location of the cache.
Remember: Be careful while looking for caches, as there is a variety of locations ranging from easy to moderate to hard. Caches can be anything you see, so think “outside the box” when looking for the cache.
- When you find the cache, all the information you need to fill in your passport will be readily available for you at the cache site. Just remember, if you take something from the cache you have to replace it with something too!
- Once you have found all the caches and have filled out your passport, come back to the Wayne County Museum and show us your passport. After we see your filled out passport, you will receive your prize!
I don’t live in Wayne County, but I want to complete this trail, how can I get a trail passport?
The trail passport is available for download for anyone unable to stop by the Wayne County Museum due to their schedule or living out of state!
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I live out of state and completed the trail, can I mail you my passport to receive my prize?
Yes! If you have completed the trail on a vacation and were unable to stop by the museum to collect your prize, please mail or email us your scanned passport with your return address. If you have mailed us a passport, and would like it back with your prize, please indicate it somewhere inside the envelope and we will mail it back to you!
Address: 116 N. William St. Goldsboro, NC 27530
I noticed that one of the boxes on the trail was damaged, removed, or in a different location than stated, what should I do?
Please let us know if you notice any disturbances to the boxes on the trail! We want everything to be exactly the way it was originally created, so if anything seems out of place, we are appreciative of the notice.
Special thanks to the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, the Leadership Wayne Class, and the many geocachers who contributed to the completion of this project.