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by episcodad
(Finds: 0  Score: 0)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 6)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 36° 49.592'   W 076° 09.741'
Virginia Beach,   Virginia   23462
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 21 Sept 2005
Waypoint (Landmark): N01DEC
Open Cache:  Unrestricted
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Micro

Difficulty: gps (easy)
Terrain: gps (easy)

Misc: Drinking water available. There are restrooms (water closets) available Disabled access. Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!


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This is a micro cache, log only. Bring a pen or pencil to log in. The area is flat and open.

On or very close to this site a skirmish occurred on November 15th, 1775 between British troops under the command of Lord Dunmore (the last Royalist governor of Virginia), and members of the Princess Anne County militia for control of a bridge at Kemps Landing, a colonial port at the head of the eastern branch of the Elizabeth River. During this skirmish John Ackiss was killed by Lord Dunmore's troops, becoming the first Virginian casualty of the American Revolution.

Encouraged by his success at Kemp's Landing, Lord Dunmore marched his troops 10 miles south to Great Bridge where on December 9th, 1775 his forces suffered a complete rout with 106 of his 600 men either killed, wounded or captured. Colonial forces had but one casualty. This has been called "the Second Battle of Bunker Hill". Lord Dunmore's defeat was followed by the capture of Norfolk by the "rebels" and the subsequent bombardment of Norfolk by Lord Dunmore on January 1st, 1776. This occurred 6-7 months before the Declaration of Independence.

The church at this site, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, was founded in 1843 to serve families living in Kempsville (then known as Kemp's Landing), a busy trading port. In time, the town lost its economic importance and Emmanuel became a rural parish until the 1960's & 1970's when explosive growth transformed this area into a sprawling suburban community. Portions of the church's outer walls are original.

The cemetery behind the church contains the graves of four veterans of the Civil War in the early 1860's, as well as the more recent grave of Allen Gettel, a local boy who grew up to be a major league pitcher for the Yankees, Indians, and White Sox over a 10 year career (1945-55).

Please park in front of the church in the parking lot next to Princess Anne Road. No digging is necessary to find the cache. Afterwards if you have time, stop in to say hello to the church's Rector, an avid geocacher.

Restroom facilities may be used when the church building is open.

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I found it! 06 Sept 2015 by  DudleyGrunt  (Finds: 41  Score: 115.5)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 46)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

Came down to the Hampton Roads area for the GCHR picnic mega event and had to grab a number of alternative geocaches while I was here. I got 4 TerraCaches, 2 Navicaches, and 1 OpenCaching North America cache. Not bad, but I need to come back down to work on the rest before long. This is a good area for these caches and I will be publishing a new OCNA virtual and maybe a TC from information I collected soon.

I met the owner at GCHR on Saturday and talked to him about the cache. He'd actually forgotten it was listed here.

Quick find in some very light rain. I pretty much remembered where it would be, but it seemed to have been missing on my last visit. It had actually been raining pretty steady when I pulled into the parking lot, but let up by the time I was ready to walk back.

Thanks and Happy Trails!

Navicache # 41
All Geocaches # 5453
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I couldn 20 Aug 2011 by  DudleyGrunt  (Finds: 41  Score: 115.5)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 46)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Attempted this, while in the are with coupleocachers and CodyHollowFarm while on a run from MD (Elkton, Jessup, and Waldorf). According to a nice lady in the window, we were looking in the right place, but we're thinking that recent heavy rain may have washed it out? Stopped inside the church, too, and spoke to another member and he informed us that the CO was out caching.

I think this was the only NC crosslisting we actually attempted. Sorry we couldn't come away with a find.

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[Modified 2011-08-21 20:56:42]

Note 22 Jul 2011 by  DudleyGrunt  (Finds: 41  Score: 115.5)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 46)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Crosslisted and active as of July 2011.

I found it! 26 Jan 2008 by  QOCMike  (Finds: 25  Score: 81)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I may as well log it here too. Found in the hands of MsVa, Hatteras Beaches, and one other cacher. Thanks for a great event nearby. TFTC.

I found it! 19 Nov 2006 by  phoebus201  (Finds: 16  Score: 44.5)    (Hidden: 2  Score: 5.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Nice easy find after church lets out. Had a little chat with the rector AKA Episcodad. Nice talking to you. TFTC.


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