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VA town waits to open up 50-year-old time capsule

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NBC) - The hunt is on for a time capsule buried in Charlottesville, VA, 50 years ago.

The capsule is set to be unearthed next year as part during the town's 250th birthday celebration, but there are questions about where it is and what condition the capsule will be in once it's found.

Edwin Roseberry was the official photographer there to document it 50 years ago, during Charlottesville's bicentennial celebration.

"It was a very warm day," Roseberry said. "There was a crowd of people on the street watching the proceedings. It was a lot of excitement."

Roseberry snapped almost 4,000 pictures. Those images could be the key to finding the time capsule buried and lost.

The photos place the time capsule on the side of the Charlottesville circuit courthouse which was under construction in 1962.

The metal box was said to be buried just outside the court clerk's entrance under a concrete slab. In the large cube is a plethora of items from that year including newspapers, letters and the bicentennial celebration program.

"I think from the photos I have, and with a little triangulation there, we can come up pretty close to where it is. If it's still where it was," Roseberry said.

There is evidence that suggests the time capsule was removed from the site by a construction crew trying to replace some utility lines.

The question is, did the construction crew put it back and if not then where is it?

It supposed to be opened in late 2012.

"If it's not here I don't know if we will ever be able to find it," said Steven Meeks with the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. "I do think it is very unusual that there is no 'X' marks the spot."

And with no mark on the ground or on any papers, Meeks hopes Roseberry's photos will direct them, within inches, to the hole that was dug some 50 years ago.

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