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  1. #1
    trish76642

    Old Cellar holes

    Just wondering, if you were hunting an old home sight, what would you look for if you wanted to find and old cellar on the land? Has anyone ever found anything inside of one? What would you look for that would be a good sign that it was an old cellar? My father in law has some land out in the country where 2 old home sites used to be, you can still see the old wells, i go out there and hunt every chance i get, but i was just curious if there may be an old cellar out there somewhere, what would i look for? Pile of bricks? what?

  2. #2

    Aug 2007
    West Michigan
    minelab, tesoro
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    Re: Old Cellar holes

    I usually look for the celler hole itself. They get easier to find once you see one. The ones I've found are just a round depression in the ground. If you find square nails, it's probably pre 1900. People near the coasts say they look for oyster shells and broken pottery. I've had best luck near water.

  3. #3
    hu
    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    Ozarks
    12,686
    267 times

    Re: Old Cellar holes

    Once you have the homestead site,the cellar hole part is a little easier....alot of the times first a small cabin was built that might have had a cellar beneath it....and then a larger home was built once the homestead got established.....the cellar holes are not huge....small depressions in the ground that more than likely have been filled in with debris and dirt along with the rock walls....and maybe now a tree or two growing out of them. The site would be out of the wind,close to water and probally gave the person a good view...most were built with their door to the East......if you suspect the cellar hole might be in a clearing.....go early in the morning and look at the way the dew lies on the ground reflecting in the sun...it gathers more in a depression and reflects better....It would have had some type of a chimney...which is usually toppled over ...so an abundance of rocks in one area is your first clue .....I have never found a cellar hole with bricks ...only rock. I always look for clues....old pottery or rusting tin that was on the roof ....many of the homesteaders would remove the structure and use the logs for other buildings once their bigger homes were built, then filling in the hole with debris....great places to find bottles.
    Pictured below are two cellar holes that are over a hundred years old...you can see how the land has reclaimed them....
    I know there are some great hunters here out in New York that seem to have the dibs on the cellar holes finds....read some of those posts and see what they were able to find.
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    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  4. #4
    us
    Nov 2003
    Orange Co. NY
    White's xlt,Tesoro Silver umax, and Compadre.
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    Re: Old Cellar holes

    sometimes decorative plants that were planted long ago thrive around old foundations,
    ............sometimes
    You know it's a good day when you not only have surface finds of Pulltabs, but pull two out of the same hole.

  5. #5
    us
    Your Only One Swing Away From Discovery

    Dec 2006
    Florida
    Library
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    Re: Old Cellar holes

    good luck with your search
    Your Discovery Has History Count On It
    Enjoy the dig, treasure the time

  6. #6

    Aug 2007
    West Michigan
    minelab, tesoro
    969
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    Re: Old Cellar holes

    Also quite comman to find fruit trees nearby.

 

 

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