For several years, Laura and I hosted a “Haunted Hayride and Caching Cookout” on our farm, the first Saturday after Halloween.  Themes have ranged from Pirates to the Wizard of Oz and most everything in between.  For our fourth annual event we created an interactive Civil War themed mystery. Our guests mounted the haywagons on the way to meet characters and collect clues in hopes of finally deciphering the cryptic carvings of McGuffin’s Bluff to reveal the location of the Pentia.

There were a lot of moving parts and a cast of 14 to bring this adventure to life. Afterwards we created our McGuffin’s Bluff geocache to memorialize the experience, but there was nothing like being there. To kick off the festivities and give a little “history” Seth and Robert helped me put together this little homage to Ken Burns. I was really pleased by how well it turned out, the guys did a great job, as usual.  Plus it was fun to get in front of the camera and channel Shelby Foote.

The Civil War: McGuffin’s Bluff

Just a couple of the “historical” markers our guests had to scan for clues. Several signs like this were mounted around the farm.