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Maryland Man Wins First Prize in Scavenger Hunt

Museums of Middlesex Scavenger Hunt

In a drawing held Wednesday, May 1 at the monthly meeting of the Museums of Middlesex (MOM) group, the three winners of the 2019 Scavenger Hunt – where participants chased history throughout Middlesex County – were selected in a drawing.

Ben Wheely of Maryland won the $100 first place price. Second place went to Ray Rose of Middlesex and third place to Cameron DeVries of Urbanna.

“It was a lot of fun even regardless of the money,” said Wheely. “I really appreciate the chance to learn more about relatively local history.”

To qualify for the drawing, winners had to participate in the Scavenger Hunt which, thanks to an app on their phones, led them to the original three MOM museums, exploring more than 350 years of history and on 30 different tasks.

MOM, which now includes a fourth museum as a member, is currently focusing on promoting the historical aspects of the county, with an ultimate goal to also increase awareness of Middlesex as a destination for outdoor recreation, lodging, dining and relaxation on the water.

The three founding museums of MOM include the Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society in Saluda, the Urbanna Museum and the Deltaville Maritime Museum. The newest member of the group is the Colonial Seaport Foundation working off Providence Road in Deltaville on the “Luna Project,” construction of a replica of an 1800s trading sloop.