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West Virginia Civil War GeoTrail now open for geocachers

Aug. 11, 2013 @ 11:14 AM

While West Virginia's main sesquicentennial celebration has come and gone, folks around the state will be celebrating the 150th in a new, high-tech way as ExploreWV unveils a 75-cache, Civil War-related geocaching trail this weekend.

On Saturday, Aug. 10, at Camp Virgil Tate north of Charleston, the group kicked off the West Virginia Civil War GeoTrail that will take folks to 75 amazing Civil War sites throughout West Virginia, educating them about the vital role the state played in the Civil War.

Organized through a partnership of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission, the Civil War GeoTrail has the state broken into five zones.

Each zone will contain 15 geocaches, which are sealed containers (often ammo boxes) that will be hidden at Civil War-related sites throughout the state.

Folks can log onto the web page (www.geocaching.com and/or the state site http://www.civilwargeotrail.wv.gov/about/Pages/default.aspx) to access the GPS coordinates for the specific caches.