Saturday, June 2, 2012

Wormslow and Geo Chaching

The pics are here and there, but you will get the idea.  This is the ruins of an old plantation.  It was built in the early 1700's  It was built by Noble Jones.  It was built to be able to defend itself from small arms against the Spanish.
 These are the ruins of the structure built in the early 1700's  It is built from tabby.  The tabby house was surrounded by 9 ft. high walls to protect his family from Spanish and Indian attacks. 
Construction of the house took almost six years and required mixing more than 8,000 bushels each of lime, sand, oyster shells, and water to make tabby.  Once the four ingredients were mixed, the wet tabby was poured into wooden molds to solidify for many days. After setting the molds were removed and reassembled on top of the hardened tabby before another layer was poured on top.  Notice the change in color as the different layers were built.  This home was twice the size of any other home built at that time and was a very imposing sight. 

Loopholes are rectangular holes cut out in a structure from which a musket can be fired in defense of the fort or home.  It is also the oldest structure in Savannah.

We were to walk around the ruins and count these loopholes to find the numbers for the combination to a geo cache that was on the grounds.   There was a mathematical formula that was used to come up with that combination.  More to follow , the rest of the story.  By the way there were 2 loopholes.
This was a ladder in a house they used to demonstrate life back in the day.  This was part of that math formula I talked about.  We were to count the rungs on the ladder, there were 9.
This is a wattle and daub house built to the dimensions as the first houses in Savannah in the 1730's. This is like the house I blogged about that was 500 sq. ft. and went for $350,000.  The house in Savannah was built in the 1730's.  Notice the small twig weaving and then the plaster stuff.  
Quite small and notice the fencing.
Rog is in the house trying to figure out the math for the combination to the geo cache.
Indian dwelling of the same time period.
At home planning this trip we noticed it had a geo cache.   This one was different than any we have done.  It was a 3 stage multi cache.  You would visit each stage and gather a part of a 4 digit combination that unlocks the ammo can that is placed at the posted coordinates (Inside the office).  This is like a geo caching scavenger hunt. Well  we visited all three places and got our info and did the math and as you can see it is open.  

The caches were:
 the # of loopholes in the ruins,  2.
the # of rungs on the ladder in the wattle and daub house ,9.
the date in 1760 when Noble purchased 2 gals of Oakum, 5.

the math formula;
("Z" times 500)+(1532+ "X") - (626 times "Y") =ABCD"

The combination was 4785

Now I must have you all swear you will not tell, because us cache rs are not to tell muggles about the happenings in caching.    

We thought this was a very interesting and fun way to learn about the place.  We walked the whole area to get our info.  That said, the other thing it does is it gets you out and walking.
This was a purchase list made by Noble Jones at Thomas Raspberry's store in 1759-60.  For the geo cache we were to read the date in 1760 when he purchased 2 gallons of Oakum.  Find the day of the month and that is the number we would use for the formula.  The day was the 5.
 The picturesque roadway leading through the property is lined with more than four hundred live oak trees planted in the 1890's  to commemorate the birth of his son.  The first reference to the road was in 1816, but thought to there in the mid-1700's.
 The arch to the entrance to the estate, which is 2 miles down the road.  

We had a great fun day,  hope you all did too. 

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