Randolph & Braintree Letterboxes 
 
The towns of Randolph and Braintree are situated in the center of Vermont. Randolph has roughly 5,000 habitants, about half of whom live in Randolph village. Braintree has about 1,000 inhabitants, with no real population center. 

The major access route is I-89. Take Exit 4 and turn downhill (west) on VT Route 66. It is two miles from the exit to the village. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


BRAINTREE PANTHER LETTERBOX, BRAINTREE, VT, USA  
  
"What immortal hand or eye       
 Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"       
                 - - William Blake        

Hider:   Tom Cooch   
Clues:   Easy   
Terrain: Easy   
Hidden:  11/26/98   

The Braintree Hill Meetinghouse was once a Congregational Church for the hillfolk. It is currently used used for school presentations, weddings, and for Braintree's annual "Old Home Day."  The Braintree Historical Society maintains a museum in the basement of the Meetinghouse. 

The Braintree Panther had not been seen for many a year until 1991, when local sculptor Jim Sardonis graced Braintree Hill with its image. Since that time, sightings of tracks, and of the beast itself, have become more and more frequent, though tinged with controversy. Be observant, and be wary. 

DIRECTIONS  

From the village of Randolph, drive north on Route 12A. After 0.9 miles, turn right onto the Braintree Hill Road. Continue on to the Meetinghouse (2.8 miles from 12A). 

CLUES   
 
To stalk the wild panther, start at the statue and follow its tracks due north to the post of pride. From there its scat will lead you 70 degrees to the seat of ease. Thence the spoor leads 190 degrees to the bed of repose. 

All bearings are magnetic. 

Before you set out read the waiver of responsibility and disclaimer. 

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ROLLING ROCK LETTERBOX, BRAINTREE, VT, USA  
 
"Their name, their years, spelt by th' unletter'd muse           
 The place of fame and elegy supply:"           
                                       - - Thomas Gray         

Hider:   Tom Cooch   
Clues:   Difficult 
Terrain: Easy   
Hidden:  09/26/98   

Rolling Rock is listed as the first of Braintree's "curiosities" in the town history published in 1883. It has a circumference of 49 feet and weighs upwards of 50 tons. At one time it was so perfectly poised that it could be rocked by hand. 

The surrounding land was purchased in the 1950's by the Randolph Fish and Game Club. Rolling Rock now commemorates the little-known Battles of Braintree. 

DIRECTIONS 

From the village of Randolph, drive north on Route 12A. After 0.9 miles, turn right onto the Braintree Hill Road. At the top of Braintree Hill there are many fine views of the Green and White Mountains. Turn left at the Meetinghouse (2.8 miles from 12A) and proceed another 0.7 miles to Rolling Rock Road. From there it is 0.4 miles to the site entrance on your left. The last hundred yards of driving are quite rough, and drivers of low-slung cars may choose to park and walk. 

CLUES  

Get two bearings at the plot: 
The first is prime, the second not. 
The feet that first you forward tred 
Equal the years till man is dead. 
Take aim a second time with care, 
Then backwards forty paces bear. 
In a piney copse you'll see 
Beneath a rock they buried me. 

All bearings are magnetic. 

Before you set out read the waiver of responsibility and disclaimer. 

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MUD POND LETTERBOX, BRAINTREE, VT, USA  
  
"The lark's on the wing; the snail's on the thorn;           
 God's in His heaven - All's right with the world!"          
                               - - Robert Browning         

Hider:   Tom Cooch   
Clues:   Moderate   
Terrain: Moderate   
Hidden:  10/25/98   

Mud Pond encompasses 5 to 6 acres and is the only natural pond in Braintree. Its isolation makes it a favorite locale of both trekkers and wildlife.  Moose, beaver, ducks, and great blue herons may often be seen by those who approach quietly. 

A portion of the pond was purchased by the Vermont Nature Conservancy in 1994. 
 
DIRECTIONS  

From the village of Randolph, drive north on Route 12A. After 0.9 miles, turn right onto the Braintree Hill Road. At the top of Braintree Hill there are many fine views of the Green and White Mountains. Turn left at the Meetinghouse (2.8 miles from 12A) and proceed another 0.7 miles to Rolling Rock Road. From there it is 0.4 miles to the site of Rolling Rock Park (wherein another letterbox reposes.) The driving from this point on is quite rough, and those who do not have backcountry vehicles should park and walk. 

The pond is approximately ten minutes by foot from the entrance to the park. Continue eastwards down Rolling Rock Road to a small bridge, which passes over the outflow from Mud Pond and the beginning of Spear Brook.  A few hundred feet beyond the bridge is a small cove, frequently a gathering point for picnickers. 

CLUES 

Take a bearing from the cove of 285 degrees, as the wood duck flies. Home in on this target.  Thence take a bearing of 72 degrees, as the beaver paddles. Back on the eastern shore, lodge yourself by the dead stump and view both sites through the split spruce. Turn south and take a bearing of 185 degrees. Proceed 15 paces, as the moose plods. Five feet to the left, where the chipmunk burrows, you may retrieve the stash. 
 
Letterboxers should be prepared for some bushwacking and muddy trails. 

All bearings are magnetic. 

Before you set out read the waiver of responsibility and disclaimer. 

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SPEARS DAM LETTERBOX, BRAINTREE, VT, USA 

Hider:   Jake Jacobs   
Clues:   Easy   
Terrain: Moderate   
Hidden:  12/05/98   
  
Spears Dam was built by Nathaniel Spear sometime around 1793. It was originally built to run a saw mill. Nathaniel Spear was quite a businessman; he also had a cider mill on this same brook. 

DIRECTIONS 

From the village of Randolph, drive north on Route 12. After 0.9 miles, turn left onto the Peth Road. Continue on 1.8 miles, bearing left at the fork with the Brainstorm Road. Park in the pull-off between the two green houses. 

If you are coming from the top of Braintree Hill, where the Braintree Panther Letterbox is hidden, you should bear right at the Meetinghouse down a steep hill. Turn right onto the Peth Road at the bottom of the hill and continue on 0.3 miles to the pull-off on your right. 

CLUES  
 
Head south down the embankment over the barbed-wire fence. 
On a grassy path near the stream you shall now commence. 
A grassy bridge you will shortly find. 
(Though not required, if you don't mind, 
Go to the stream, in awe you'll stare: 
Some pretty incredible stonework there.) 
Back atop the bridge go south a little; 
Turn right and up the hill skididdle 
Parallel to the stream you're walking now 
Till you spot the dam and the waterfall - Wow! 
Enter the woods and walk upstream. 
View the falls from above and below - it's a scream! 
While on top of the dam find a J-shaped yellow birch; 
It has an old tree stump as its perch. 
Set your compass to 340 degrees 
And walk twenty paces, if you please. 
290 degrees and twenty paces more 
Brings you to a mossy rock and log floor. 
Now set your bearings at 230; 
Take twenty more paces - a bit muddy and dirty. 
You'll end up at some mushroom stairs; 
Believe me, you are almost there. 
Five paces at 116 degrees; 
Go to the hemlock - drop to your knees. 
The wall of rotting logs touching your socks 
Hides The Trailblazer's letterbox. 
 

All bearings are magnetic. 

Before you set out read the waiver of responsibility and disclaimer. 
 
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KIMBALL LIBRARY LETTERBOOK, RANDOLPH, VT, USA   

"A box without hinges, key, or lid,    
 Yet golden treasure inside is hid."    
               - - J. R. R. Tolkien    

Hider:   Tom Cooch  
Clues:   Cryptic  
Terrain: Indoors  
Hidden:  12/30/98  
 
Kimball Library was erected in 1902, the result of a bequest by Randolph resident Col. Robert J. Kimball. It is in the clasical style of architecture, built of red pressed brick and Longmeadow brownstone trimmings above the basement story. The library has a particularly handsome dome, covered over for many years but recently restored. 

Telephone:  (802) 728-5073 

Library Hours: 

 Monday      2 - 8  
 Tuesday    10 - 5  
 Wednesday  10 - 5  
 Thursday    2 - 8  
 Friday     10 - 5  
 Saturday   10 - 1  
  

DIRECTIONS  
 
The library is on North Main Street, next to the Chandler Music Hall. Those approaching  Randolph on Route 12 from the south should cross the railroad tracks and continue on two 
blocks through the village center. Those approaching from Route 66 (I-89) or Route 12 from the north should cross the bridge just past the fire station and continue on for one hundred yards. 

CLUES  
 
Clue #1:  You know you've got the letterboxing bug. Today you should go for the gold. 

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Clue #2:  To find the missing map, you must now get keene on the quest. 

Clue #3:  Your search now lies in Cornwall, over the sea. 

Clue #4:  Ponder the runes with Thorin Oakenshield & company. 

Clue #5:  
 

Since this is a public building, letterboxers are asked to be discreet: try not to disturb library patrons, and to avoid revealing the nature of your activity. Let the librarian know beforehand that you are there to search for the letterbook. She can help you, particularly if you cannot find a book you are looking for. She can also provide you with easier sets of clues on request. You may wish to take advantage of the computerized card catalog's search ability. 

When you have finished, please make sure that all materials are returned to their proper places. 

Before you set out read the waiver of responsibility and disclaimer. 

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