Thursday, April 17, 2014

TREASURE HUNTING IN THE OLD NATCHEZ DISTRICT

JUST THIS PAST WEEKEND I HAD A CHANCE TO TRAVEL TO THE OLD NATCHEZ DISTRICT WHEN PRESENTED WITH  AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT AN OLD HOME SITE.  THE AREA WAS IN AMITE COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI JUST WEST OF LIBERTY OFF THE OLD 24 HIGHWAY.  NO THE CHIMNEY YOU SEE PICTURED HERE WAS NOT ON THE SITE.  IN THIS AREA OF MISSISSIPPI MOST ALL FIREPLACES IN THE 1800'S WERE MADE FROM BRICKS MADE BY SLAVES.  HOWEVER THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF A LEAST 3 FIREPLACES ON THIS OLD HOME SITE SO IT MUST HAVE BEEN A LARGE HOUSE IN ITS DAY.  I USED MY METAL DETECTOR TO SEARCH THE OLD GROUNDS, DIGGING UP MANY OLD CANS AND SQUARE NAILS AND A FEW PLOW POINTS AND ONE HORSE SHOE.  NOT VERY EXCITING.  THEN MOVING DOWNHILL FROM THE HOME SITE I FOUND AN DEPRESSION IN THE GROUND AND THOUGHT IT TO BE FROM AN DUG WELL THAT HAD FILLED IN OVER THE MANY YEARS.  AS IT TURNED OUT, THIS WAS THE SITE OF THE OUTHOUSE.  THEY WERE ALMOST ALWAYS DOWN HILL FROM THE WELL AND THE HOME SITE.  MAKES SENSE WHEN YOU STOP TO THINK ABOUT IT.  MY FRIEND AND I BEGAN DIGGING IN THE SMALL SINK AND CHECKING THE DIRT AS WE DUG.  THE REPORTS WE WERE GETTING WERE FAINT, BUT NEVERTHELESS CLEAR AND EVENTUALLY WE DID FIND 3 OLD COINS---ALL SILVER.  ALAS, NOT GOLD.  TURNS OUT THAT SOMETIME WHEN A PERSON USED THE OUTHOUSE THAT HE WOULD ACCIDENTALLY DROP SOMETHING OUT OF HIS PANTS WHEN SITTING ON THE WOODEN THRONE.  READ UP ON THIS WHEN I GOT BACK HOME AND MUCH TO MY SURPRISE LEARNED THAT OLD TOILET SITES ARE A GOOD BET FOR FINDING COINS.  MY NEW FOUND COINS ARE NOT WORTH MUCH, BUT THE EXCITEMENT OF THE DIG WAS PRICELESS.  ONE LESSON TO BE LEARNED HERE IS THAT COINS CAN BE FOUND, EVEN IN PILES OF S**T!

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Finding buried or lost treasure around old home sites

Most of us are not able to travel to some far off mystical land in search of King Solomon's Mines or search some long lost pyramid in the jungles of south America, but there are often places where those long hidden treasures can be found close to home.  There are many, and I mean many old home sites spread across this land.  Locations that were once the site of proud homes.  But now show nothing of their former existence, except in many cases the crumbling remains of an old chimney.  In some ways yesterday chimney's are much like today's tombstones---a stark reminder of what use to be.  Very often it is these sites that will yield the treasures of the past.  To explore these sites you will need a few things: first the permission of the land owner, next the right metal detector , and perhaps most of all plenty of patience. Many years ago, in the rural areas of the nation, people seldom used banks and often hide their money and other valuables in unusual places, often burying them near some familiar land mark, near the home.  Sometime near the outside base of the chimney, beneath an old brick side walk, or near a large stone, again close to the home.  As a boy in rural Mississippi, my grandfather often talked of the man who owned the old place before he brought it.  As the story goes, the fellow was taking up an old brick side walk in front of the house and dug up an old cast iron tea kettle filled with gold and silver coins.  Shortly after that find, he sold the house to my grandfather and moved into town and open a store.  That story, and I have no reason to doubt it, was what, more than anything else, started me on my life time hobby of treasure hunting.  So if you have the patience and enjoy the excitement of the hunt, invest in a metal detector and enjoy the adventure of treasure hunting.

DIDN'T FIND WHAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR, THEN PLEASE VISIT MY HOME PAGE AND USE THE AMAZON SEARCH WIDGET.  THANKS FOR SHOPPING AT AMAZON AND A SPECIAL THANKS FOR VISITING MY LITTLE SITE.
RON RUSSELL

Friday, January 31, 2014

TREASURE HUNT: Bounty Hunter VLF Metal Detector

Bounty Hunter VLF Metal Detector

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DIDN'T FIND WHAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR, THEN PLEASE VISIT MY HOME PAGE AND USE THE AMAZON SEARCH WIDGET.  THANKS FOR SHOPPING AT AMAZON AND A SPECIAL THANKS FOR VISITING MY LITTLE SITE.
RON RUSSELL