Uncharted Lancaster: Bausman’s Hollow Adventure
Distance: 3.9 miles on mostly level terrain.
What to bring: Appropriate footwear (your feet might get wet), an internet-connected device with GPS, digital camera, paper, something to write with, and at least 30 feet of rope (optional but definitely makes a few of the challenges easier).
If you want to learn more about Bausman’s Hollow before starting this adventure, click here.
This Uncharted Lancaster adventure begins at the story’s end—Colemanville United Methodist Church. It was at this location three days after the tragic dynamite factory explosion that the remains of the eleven victims were consigned to their graves at Colemanville. There was such an outpouring of support that the church was inadequate to hold even one-tenth of the people who gathered for the services. Two funerals were held. The first was for the sole identifiable victim, Frederick Rice. The second was for the ten unidentifiable men whose remains were buried together in a mass grave.
Bausman’s Hollow Adventure: First Marker
In the church’s cemetery, find the tomb for these 11 men. This gravestone is your first marker and the key to the following Ottendorf Cipher. For future reference, take a photograph of the tombstone once you find it. To aid you in your Uncharted Lancaster adventure, find the headstone that looks like the image below and contains the inscription “our boys.” Once located, apply the following Ottendorf Cipher. The first one is solved to help get you started.
Here’s a PDF of the Bausman’s Hollow Ottendorf Ciphers you can print.
Colemanville Church Ottendorf Cipher
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Once you have the answer, follow the clue to the second marker.
Second Marker Password
Once you arrive at the second marker, click the following link and enter the difference as the password. For future reference, take a picture of the second marker. When ready to proceed, click here for clues to the third marker.
If you need help, here’s a hint.