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    Digging in my 1860's barn permission

    I saw on Ebay this 1/2 pint Atlas jar for $18 and they called it rare. I know I saw some in that barn last Summer and dismissed them. It was warm yesterday, so I went there and found these two. Pint and Half pint. You wouldn't believe the stuff up in that barn loft.


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    I was talking to a remodeling contractor over the weekend . He told a job they did some years ago involved tearing out an old floor of an old farmhouses The exsisting floor was fastened to rough cut 4x4 He told me there was about 18 inches of space from the ground to the 4x4's He said that most of that space was filled with old bottles and other stuff that was put in to act as insulation or else it was just put there to get rid of it .In those times after the landowner had his house built the next building that was put up was the barn .His horses and cattle an other animals where his most important possessions .The food they provided kept his family alive .So the barn was a place to put hings until he was able to put up more buildings Get your flashlight and gloves and start cleaning out .Be careful though. In my local area about 3 weeks ago a mid 40's year old man was working in an old barn and fell though some rotted boards and died from his injuries

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    Quote Originally Posted by glass half fool View Post
    I was talking to a remodeling contractor over the weekend . He told a job they did some years ago involved tearing out an old floor of an old farmhouses The exsisting floor was fastened to rough cut 4x4 He told me there was about 18 inches of space from the ground to the 4x4's He said that most of that space was filled with old bottles and other stuff that was put in to act as insulation or else it was just put there to get rid of it .In those times after the landowner had his house built the next building that was put up was the barn .His horses and cattle an other animals where his most important possessions .The food they provided kept his family alive .So the barn was a place to put hings until he was able to put up more buildings Get your flashlight and gloves and start cleaning out .Be careful though. In my local area about 3 weeks ago a mid 40's year old man was working in an old barn and fell though some rotted boards and died from his injuries
    Thanks for that information. One thing I have been wanting to do is belly crawl under the raised portions of the house and barn. No telling what could have been left there during construction.
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    Cool finds and story bet those old places had lots of storage and hiding spaces
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    No gold if you are old like me I would get a strong flashlight and use it to see if you can see something worth getting a closer look. Or maybe if you see something, lift up a board of two above where you where you see anything you might want to check out .Also all kinds of critters make their home under those same floors .
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    A2 During the Battle of Gettysburg some Confederate troops came through the area where I now live .The claim is that the local people hid their horses and other animals in the basement of houses so they would not be taken by the soldiers that where in need of food . Most likely if the locals had any thing of value they hid those things also. I would be willing to guess that many old houses today have things that where hidden in some place that only the owner was aware of .And many of those hidden items remain there long after the person that hid it has moved on.
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    Glass- I am old and somewhat wise. I have a very strong flashlight. There are residents in that barn. The loft is loaded with raccoon poop.
    Here is a pic of some of them last Summer. I think they are looking over that Ball jar on the ground.

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    No gold In all seriousness .Raccoons carry rabies ,parvo distemper and a type of parasitic worms that can case vision problems .So besides the gloves if you are in places that have a build up of feces perhaps a mask would be a good idea also

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    Y'all have Brown Recluses there? Something else to think about!
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