During the Civil War, many Confederate agents traveled through Southern Maryland carrying secret mail and documents between Richmond, Virginia and points as far north as Canada. These messages were sometimes left in hollow tree trunks, under specific rocks, or at safe homes for other agents to find and deliver. The Surratt House was one such hiding place, and often the messages that were left were in code.

Today, a popular form of such hide and seek is sweeping the globe. It’s called “geocaching.” Participating groups hide “treasure” (caches) somewhere outside and then post GPS coordinates and an encrypted code to lead “hunters” to the exact location. Once the cache is found, the hunter signs a log, takes a souvenir if desired and leaves another in exchange. Upon returning home, the hunter or team must post their adventure on an online site – without giving away any clues.

The Surratt House Museum participates in geocaching by maintaining a treasure site on its grounds. Come visit if you are already a geocacher. 

If you want to learn more, visit to register as a geocacher.