July 13-14, 2022

The highlight of geocaching in the Hatfield area was the company: Jane’s niece Cindy Jeffes joined us for the day from Hatboro, Pennsylvania.

The Tennis-Lukens Cemetery dates to about 1749 and was used by several Quaker families who settled nearby.
U.S. flags with their stars in a circle were placed on the graves of men who fought in the Revolutionary War.
Sadly, the back of Cindy’s head is the only photo of her we took.
One of the oldest markers in the cemetery “W T 1749”.
Edward and Elizabeth Morgan, grandparents of Daniel Boone, were Welsh Quakers who bought this nearby property in 1708. The house was built between 1770 and 1774.

Hamilton, New Jersey

Dave and Jane found some interesting geocaches after their visit to the New Jersey Capitol in nearby Trenton.

J. Seward Johnson is known for his lifelike painted bronze statues. We first remember seeing his work at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute near Fort Pierce, Florida and have enjoyed it in other locations including Wickenburg and Phoenix, Arizona. Hamilton Township is home to Grounds for Sculpture, a 42-acre sculpture garden which Johnson founded.

“God Bless America” by Seward Johnson is 20 feet tall.
First Ride, 1988. As we drove by we both were concerned that this child was too close to the street.
Hell, Time to Go Fishing

We were intrigued by a sculpture by El Calder Powel.

The Lover’s Knot, El Calder Powel, 2010

We found several geocaches at the John A. Roebling Memorial Park at Abbott Marshlands. The park was the site of an amusement park that was abandoned in the late 1920’s.

A concrete staircase is the only remnant of an amusement park that was formerly on the site.
The stairs led to a promenade around the lake.
We didn’t find the cache that was supposed to be at the top of the stairs but we enjoyed exploring the area.

We also headed out on trails through the marsh. A local man warned us about mosquitos so we took the net hoods we had bought but never used after losing a battle with fierce mosquitos in Saskatchewan five years ago. We still didn’t use them because we found that if we kept moving the bugs weren’t a problem.

One trail ended at a dock(?) made of plywood and telephone wire.
We don’t think too many people use the dock because it was pretty overgrown.
The rails at the end of the dock reminded us of the bow of a ship.

Trenton

The Old Barracks were built in 1758 by the colony of New Jersey in response to complaints from citizens about the compulsory quartering of soldiers in their own homes. During the American Revolution, the barracks housed Americans, English, Hessian mercenaries, Tory refugees and prisoners of war. In the 19th century, the barracks served a variety of purposes including a residence for the mayor of Trenton, a home for women, and a boarding school.

The Old Barracks has been restored to be a representation of how it looked in 1758.
The geocache was hidden in the wedge of wood just under the roof of a shed on the Old Barracks grounds.
Bottom of the wedge of wood hosting the geocache
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1 Comment

Deb Ward · July 31, 2022 at 8:13 pm

Looks like you’ve had a wonderful trip to the New England states! Lots of stories! Lots of “oldest” state geocaches and state capital caches! I look forward to even more stories of your adventures when you arrive in Illinois!!

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