Fairfield County Historical Societies Letterbox Hunt: May 3rd-18th

The First Annual Great Letterboxing History Hunt of Fairfield County — Coming to a Historical Society Near You!

May 3 – May 18


Eight Fairfield County historical organizations have banded together to create the Great Letterboxing History Hunt. The event begins on May 3 and ends on May 18 with a festive family get-together at the Wilton Historical Society on May 18 from 4-5 p.m. Letterboxing, which originated on the moors of Dartmoor, England in the 1850’s, is an outdoor walking or hiking activity that combines elements of orienteering, stamp art and puzzle-solving in a treasure hunt-style quest. This is a wonderful family activity, offering a chance to learn about reading maps, following clues, and local history.

The event is a collaboration between the Fairfield Museum and History Center, the Historical Society of Easton, the New Canaan Historical Society, the Norwalk Historical Society, Ridgefield’s Keeler Tavern Museum, the Weston Historical Society, the Westport Historical Society, and the Wilton Historical Society. Complete information about the Great Letterboxing History Hunt can be found at the event’s “host” — the Wilton Historical Society — at www.wiltonhistorical.org . Contacts, addresses, and links for each of the historical organizations, plus downloadable maps and clues will be posted.

All you need to get started is a nifty signature stamp and an ink pad. Anytime during the weeks of May 3 – May 18, get your stamp and ink pad, go to one of the historical societies listed, pick up the official Letterboxing History Hunt Map and clues there, or print one out at www.wiltonhistorical.org, and you are on your way!


Be sure to get a fun signature stamp before you start out! Make your own unique stamp or get an unusual one at the Wilton Historical Society. The Betts Store is offering Yellow Owl Workshop’s DYI “Carve-A- Stamp Kit” as well as some of their unusual stamps, all made in the USA.


This is how Letterboxing works: Each participant carries with them a ‘signature’ stamp and the official Letterboxing History Hunt Map. Starting at any of the historical societies, the object is to follow clues to find a letterbox hidden on the property. Inside the letterbox is a journal and a stamp; like a passport, the participant stamps the location stamp on his/her official Letterboxing History Hunt Map, and in turn stamps the journal in the letterbox with their signature stamp. Participants have two weeks, from May 3 – May 18, to go on the Great Letterboxing History Hunt.


Participants who stamp their official Map at all eight locations will be eligible for a prize, and will be entered in a drawing for a wonderful grand prize. All prizes will be awarded at the Wilton Historical Society closing get-together from 4-5 on Sunday, May 18. (Don’t forget to bring your fully stamped map!) A fun, family event, there will be refreshments and live music with Leigh Richards on acoustic guitar.


A Brief History of Letterboxing, from Letterboxing.Info from Silent Doug:


“According to legend, letterboxing began in southwestern England in 1854 when a Victorian gentleman named James Perrott hid his calling card in a jar in a remote area by Cranmere Pool on the moors of Dartmoor (the setting of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles). Perrot was a guide on the moor, and he encouraged his clients to leave their cards in the jar, as well. Eventually, visitors began leaving a self-addressed post card or note in the jar, hoping for them to be returned by mail by the next visitor (thus the origin of the term “letterboxing”. “Letterbox” is a British term for what we in the U.S. know as a mailbox). This practice ended in time, however, and the current custom of using rubber stamps and logbooks came into use.”

Letterboxing did not begin in the United States until 1998, when an article in Smithsonian prompted interest. In Connecticut, there are letterboxes and clues at all 32 State Forests!








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Join the Historical Society of Easton as they welcome the Northeast Paranormal Investigative Society (NPIS) for a history lesson you will not soon forget! NPIS, an established Connecticut based paranormal investigative team which specializes in conducting research and scientific analysis of historical venues has been invited by several historical societies from Milford, Wilton, Simsbury, North Haven and Cheshire among others throughout the Northeast of the United States to record activity in their historical residences and report their findings.

Easton has long been the destination for many enthusiasts seeking evidence of unexplained activity especially in Union Cemetery. During the fall 2013, the Historical Society of Easton invited NPIS to investigate the Bradley-Hubbell Homestead for paranormal activity. Using sophisticated equipment to record the voices of spirits known as EVP and capture data they then compare their results to the known history of the house. On Sunday March 16th, 2014 NPIS will present their findings from the Bradley-Hubbell Homestead and other investigations conducted at various historic sites throughout Connecticut with a special video presentation. Adam Shefts, Founder, Director and Investigator of NPIS will share his team’s scientific exploration, approach and analysis. The video presentation will be shown on Sunday, March 16th, at the Easton Racquet Club, 36 Wimbledon Lane, Easton from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Adam Shefts, author of the successful book “When Ghosts Appear, History Speaks” will present their film and recordings and lead the discussion that is certain to follow. Explaining the unknown is what the Northeast Paranormal Investigative Society documents through their use of technology and effective scientific methods – documenting paranormal activity and correlating the evidence found with the location’s history.

An admission fee of $10 per non-member and $5 per member will be charged to support further Historical Society programing.

For further information email the Historical Society of Easton at hseastonct@gmail.com or call 203-261-2090. Website: http://historicalsocietyofeastonct.org/. Additional information can be found on the NPIS website: http://www.northeastparanormal.org.

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Upcoming Lecture–3/16–Paranormal Investigative Society


On Sunday, March 16th from 2-4PM, Members of the Northeast Paranormal Society will share findings of investigations into historic houses, including the HSE’s Bradley Hubbell Homestead. Come learn about local haunted houses and spirit activity. The lecture will be held at the Easton Racquet Club, 36 Wimbledon Lane. The cost is $5 for members/$10 for non-members.

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Upcoming Lecture–3/9–Indian Wars in CT History


Indian Wars in Connecticut History

by David Koch

        Sunday, March 9th, 2-4 PM      

Easton Public Library Community Room

691 Morehouse Road

David Koch, Associate Professor of History at Housatonic Community College, returns to Easton for the fourth time to present Indian Wars in Connecticut History. Early in Connecticut’s history, the state saw bloody battles, both between Native American tribes and between natives and colonists. This talk will center on two major Indian wars of the period: the Pequot-Mohegan War and King Philip’s War. It will also deal in part with the battle fought in Fairfield that ended the Pequot-Mohegan War in 1637.

For further information, email the Historical Society of Easton at hseastonct@gmail.com or call 203-261-2090.

The lecture is free, but donations are always appreciated.

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Upcoming Lecture February 9th, Alaska, The Last Great Road Trip

Upcoming Lecture February 9th, Alaska, The Last Great Road Trip

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Upcoming Lecture, January 19th, “A History of Connecticut Food & Wine”

Join authors, Eric Lehman and Amy Nawrocki Sunday January 19th at 2 PM, Easton Library Community Room.

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2014 Membership Drive Underway

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