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Name: Not A Major Cache
Owner: SoccerFanatics
Country: USA
Region: Virginia
Near: Falls Church
WGS84: N38° 54.074 W077° 09.434

Hidden: 2013-05-12
Cache type: micro
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Easy
Environment: safe,kids,placed without permission,public,free,not 24x7,parking,no handicap access,dogs,not commercial
Average rating: not enough logs to calculate
Other ratings: Handicaching
Waypoint: GE02E3
Nearest: GPSgames  Groundspeak
Watches: SoccerFanatics
Ignores: 0

This cache will take you near the highest point in Arlington County, topping out at 459 feet above sea level. Minor’s Hill (also called Minor Hill) straddles the border of Arlington County and Fairfax County, Virginia, but the high point is in Arlington. While generally conical in shape, the hill is broad and sprawling, and its summit is relatively flat and broad.

The hill also sometimes called “Miner’s Hill”, but this is clearly wrong, as it is named for the Minor family, members of which settled on the hill in the mid-1700's. During the War of 1812, Colonel Minor and his 700-man Virginia Militia 60th Regiment were summoned to Washington, but due to bureaucratic bungling among War Department officials they were not sent to help defend the approaches to Washington at the Battle of Bladensburg. Of course, it isn't clear what help they would have been at that battle, since most of them arrive in Washington without their weapons. After Washington was taken by the British, Dolly Madison spent the next two nights with the Minors.

During the Civil War, the Minor family supported the secessionists, and the property suffered greatly from the repeated change of hands between Union and Confederate forces. After the second Battle of Bull Run, the Union Army occupied the hill, establishing several camps there, building an observation tower, and even used the hill as a base for hot air balloons to observe Confederate movements.

After the war, local residents rebuilt, and a visitor in 1891 wrote that he could see the Washington Monument from the top of the hill. After World War II, the Washington suburbs spread rapidly, and in 1951 a new community called Williamsburg was established on Minor's Hill. Of course today, with houses crowding the top of the hill, and mature trees grown up, that view is no longer possible.

The cache is hidden near the top of the hill. It is only available during daylight hours. Please do not search for it at other times! This is a small container, so there was just room for a small log and pencil stub, plus one small kiddie trade item. It is well-hidden to avoid accidental finds. Please replace it just as you find it.

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Edited: 2013-05-12 03:57:45 UTC
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