Jun 05, 2012, 08:43 AM
I was wondering if any of you have ever had any luck searching on old roads. The guy that lives next to me owns about 800 acres behind me that has an old house on it and an old grown over road that went by the house. He said I could hunt there when I get my MD. Just looking for ideas on how to hunt it and if the road is worth it or should I stick to the area around the house? The land is mostly woods and has not really been touched since the late 1800. Would it be worth searching in the woods? How far from the old house should I go. I am new to this and any ideas would be helpful...
Jun 05, 2012, 04:20 PM
In some areas it can be the best place to dig.
I know one former member of Eureka! detecting club found a five dollar gold coin in the ruts of an old wagon train road out here in Colorado. The coin was curved, from all the wagon wheels running over it.
Plus, you have to realize how many people walked up and down those old roads.
But in the end, hit everywhere!
Go around the house first to gain experience, remembering to try and not destroy the yards, fill your holes properly, then maybe hit the woods.
Look for any cellar holes in the woods, or any deep depressions, and dig around them.
Jun 05, 2012, 09:01 PM
Just talked to another guy about 5 miles from my house who had an old house on his land that was torn down about 10 years ago, he said he finds stuff on the ground around where the old house was all the time. He said I could come hunt anytime and keep whatever I find. He also said there was another house on his brothers land next door that was built in the Early1800 that I could hunt around. Now I just need to get my metal detector..
Just yesterday I was wondering where I was going to hunt now I have some good places so I will have to get my MD ordered.
Jun 06, 2012, 10:55 AM
Get that detector and start huntin'! Sounds like you've got some nice areas lined up.
The second house would be a good area to start. A good way to learn the sounds of nails, scrap, etc.
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Jun 07, 2012, 01:51 AM
I hunted an old two track road at one time and was surprised by the number of coins I found along that road that really appeared to go nowhere. I mentioned it to a man who owned property near the road and he said that there was a horse boarding stable for years right by that road and people rode their horses up and down it for years. Apparently bouncing up and down that road on horses people lost a lot of change out of their pockets. I haven't had that kind of luck on every road but that one certainly did produce a lot of coins.
Jun 07, 2012, 08:33 AM
I deal in reality
Look at it this way, you won't find a lot or a lot of junk targets, but you will probably find some very interesting finds. I searched a short driveway into an old church site and found an indian head penny and that was only 50'. Do the road in the fall or early winter when the vegetation is down. Do around the houses when you get your detector. WATCH OUT for old wells. Some were just covered with boards that are now rotted.
Jun 07, 2012, 08:59 AM
Why would an old road be a good place to hunt? I can't see it. People don't throw good stuff out of their car window. Don't waste your time.
Jun 07, 2012, 09:10 AM
Its an old wagon road and horse trail that used to be used to go to Tuscaloosa. It was never paved it is a grown over dirt wagon road.
Jun 07, 2012, 10:25 AM
I deal in reality
Badger, A lot of people walked those roads. 1800's cars?
Jun 07, 2012, 01:48 PM
Prior to the 1900s there were hardly any cars so everyone rode in wagons or on horseback and most walked. That is the reason these old roads to homesteads from the 1800s and earlier are great places to hunt. While bouncing down these unpaved roads there were alot of stuff bounced out of pockets.
Originally Posted by badger
P.S. I would also hunt the house site first, the road second then the woods beyond the original homestead last.
Jun 07, 2012, 02:02 PM
I would love to have an opportunity like you have.
Get the metal detector and hunt everywhere.
Keep good notes and use a grid system.
How deep was the find-age-condition?
Luck dog-all I have to hunt is a hot boring desert.
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Jun 08, 2012, 09:17 AM
He has found old axe blades old metal tools and silverware laying on the ground or when he was planting his garden about 25 yards from where the old house was. HE found what he thinks is an old tin plate. I hope to get out there sometime next week.
Originally Posted by ahaulil
Jun 08, 2012, 10:10 AM
Good luck on the hunt, and keep us posted! Sounds like some great sites.
Jun 08, 2012, 12:10 PM
I will post photos if I find anything, waiting for my Ace 350 and will get started.....
Originally Posted by DeerStalker
Jun 08, 2012, 03:22 PM
I used to hunt old roads around cellar hole area - as mentioned above - people road horses
stuff came out their pockets - and pockets werent as good back then
I have found large cents and small silver - indianheads galore
so give it a shot - you never know till you try
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