June 5, 2009

The Jamestown 400: Yearbook Write-up

Two years ago, my family and I participated in The Jamestown 400: Our National Treasure Hunt, which was sponsored by the Vision Forum.  I enjoy reliving the memories so much, that I've decided to share them with you all.  I will do so in several posts, because to put it all in one post would no doubt break the record for the longest post every posted on a blog:)

This first post contains a short description of the hunt, which I wrote for our homeschool yearbook.  It will give you a brief over view of the treasure hunt.

I hope you enjoy it:)

The Jamestown 400: Our National Treasure Hunt was sponsored by Vision Forum to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown The object was to learn how the providential hand of God shaped our country through the leadership of Christian men like George Washington and Elias Boudinot.  To accomplish this, sleuths worked their way through increasingly difficult clues in three different phases to find 400 gold coins hidden in the Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg, Virginia historic triangle.

The F and H families joined other code and history enthusiasts in scouring the internet and the 2007 Vision Forum catalog for clues to help them solve Phase One of the JT400.  They cracked codes such as Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Substitution Ciphers, book codes and Pigpen Ciphers aided by Aubrey F’s ingenious website Spy Tools (now renamed AltaMatic), learning interesting historical facts along the way.  After being among the first thousand families to finish Phase One, both families qualified for Phase Two.  After working on Phase Two for more than a week, the Falconer family was among the first 100 to finish and move on to Phase Three.  Unfortunately, the Hs were a minute late in submitting their final answer, and did not qualify for Phase Three.  The Fs traveled to Jamestown, Virginia to compete in the actual search for the 400 gold coins.  Although they didn’t end up finding the treasure, they were very happy for the Thomas family, who did.  


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