Wilton Historical Society will host letterboxing hunt

The Wilton Historical Society and seven other Fairfield County historical organizations have teamed up to present the Great Letterboxing History Hunt, now through May 18.

Originating in Dartmoor, England, in the 1850s, letterboxing is an outdoor treasure hunt-style quest that combines orienteering, stamp art and puzzle-solving.

The Great Letterboxing History Hunt will offer participants the opportunity to learn about reading maps, following clues and local history.

With a “signature” stamp, ink pad and official Letterboxing History Hunt Map, each participant will start at any of the eight historical societies and follow clues to find a letterbox hidden on the property.

Similar to a passport, each letterbox will contain a journal and a location stamp.

Once a letterbox is found, participants will stamp the location stamp on his or her official Letter History Hunt Map and stamp the journal inside the letterbox with his or her signature stamp.

Participants will have two weeks to go on the Great Letterboxing History Hunt.

Those who stamp their official maps at all eight locations will not only be eligible for a prize but will also be entered in a grand prize drawing to win a box full of goodies and gift certificates.

Prizes will be awarded at a closing get-together at the Wilton Historical Society on Sunday, May 18, from 4 to 5 p.m.

In order to redeem their prizes, participants must bring their fully stamped maps.

There will be refreshments and live music with acoustic guitar player Leigh Richards.

There will be a $5 charge per family for the event.

The Great Letterboxing History Hunt is a collaboration among:

  • Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road.
  • Historical Society of Easton, 691 Morehouse Road.
  • New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge.
  • Norwalk Historical Society, 2 E. Wall Street.
  • Ridgefield’s Keeler Tavern Museum,132 Main Street.
  • Weston Historical Society, 104 Weston Road.
  • Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place.
  • Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road.

Participants may pick up signature stamps, ink pads and maps at one of the eight participating historical societies.

Contacts, addresses and links for each of the historical organizations, plus downloadable maps and clues, are on the Wilton Historical Society website.

Participants may create their own unique stamps or get an unusual one at the Wilton Historical Society.

Yellow Owl Workshop’s DIY Carve-A-Stamp kits are offered in the Wilton Historical Society’s Betts Store.

Information: wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.