By Wesleigh Sagon
Over 300 visitors gathered at the Crawford W. Long Museum Saturday morning to participate in the largest geocaching event in Georgia.
The Jackson County Heritage GeoTrail took participants to 30 sites across all nine municipalities, as well as in the unincorporated area to highlight the history of Jackson County.
The sites included the Jackson County Historic Courthouse and the old calaboose, which served as the Jackson County Jail from 1876-1886 until a larger jail opened.
The Webelos I den of Jefferson Cub Scout Pack 158 had a time capsule it hid on Sept. 20, 2011, as one of the caches. Inside, the boys hid toys and other small items.
The Gainesville Midland No. 116 was another exhibit along the trail. Presented to Jefferson in 1959 by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad Co.
Other locations on the trail included Thyatira Presbyterian Church, the Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm the Opera House on Elm Street in Commerce, Commerce City Hall and the Bill Anderson monument near WJJC Radio on North Elm Street.
At each of these stops on the trail, participants stamped their passport and the first 100 cachers to complete the 30 sites received a trackable commemorative geocoin.
The Jackson County Heritage GeoTrail will stay open for one year. In addition to bringing business to the county for the weekend, leaders hope the trail will continue to bring in guests throughout the years.
For the full story, see the July 2 issue of The Commerce News.