Letterbox hunt embraces history

Seven Fairfield County historical organizations have banded together to offer the Second Annual Great Letterboxing History Hunt. The event begins on Friday, May 15, and ends  with a festive family get-together at the Wilton Historical Society on Sunday, May 31.
Letterboxing is an outdoor walking or hiking activity that combines elements of orienteering, stamp art and puzzle-solving in a treasure hunt-style quest.
The event is a collaboration between the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 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 hunt can be found at wiltonhistorical.org. Contacts, addresses, and links for each of the historical organizations, plus downloadable maps and clues will be posted.
All that is needed to get started is a signature stamp, an ink pad and the official hunt map which may be picked up from one of the participating historical societies or downloaded from wiltonhistorical.org. Participants may make their own stamp or get one at the Wilton Historical Society.
With their stamp and map, participants may start at any of the historical societies from May 15 to 31. 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 their official map, and in turn stamps the journal in the letterbox with their signature stamp.
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 grand prize. All prizes will be awarded at the Wilton Historical Society closing get-together from 3 to 4 on Sunday, May 31.