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    How to find a Treasure Site in any state.

    Why are you hunting public parks when there are virgin sites out there that have never had a metal detector waved over it. Here are some tips to get started. Become a member of the local historical society and tell them you want to be their field operator for old home sites, old bottle dumps, ect. You'll probably have more sites then you can possibly hunt, get your hunting buddies involved. Give a percentage of your finds to the historical society museum with your name as the finder. Something you can point out to your kids or grandkids. These are some of the things you can be doing when it's too dang cold to be metal detecting.
    Ask the historical society who the oldest residents are still living who were born there. Should be a few of them. Go interview them and ask such things as where did teens go for picnics, lovers lane, swimming holes, dances and such. Many people didn't trust banks after the Depression and may have buried their money and died before it was recovered. Maybe Gangsters robbed the bank and the money was hidden and never recovered. Let them talk about the good old days. Either take notes or record it then write it down later. I interviewed an old timer that told me about a lot of treasure sites in Florida. I read every library book that had to do with Central Florida and if it smelled like treasure, I wrote it down. When I had about 300 sites, I wrote my first book "Where to Metal Detect in Central Florida". It was first published in 1991 and its still being sold today and probably will be long after I'm gone too.

    Go to the County Seat Tax office and ask for the old Government Survey Maps to find pioneer cabins, crossroads, stage stations, ferry crossings, villages that are today extinct. Find something interesting then the tax office can pinpoint on modern map and tell you who owns it so permission can be sought. I found a bottle dump in an old city lot that once belonged to a Lumber Baron in the 1880. That was a lot of fun digging up history and many of the bottles are in 3 museums.

    Use the Internet Search engine. Use a title like History of ?? town. Try surrounding towns, use your imagination. How do you think these TH'ers find a George Washington Inaugural Button or a $20 gold piece hidden in a old tobacco can hidden in a stone wall. Or a Morgan Silver dollar placed under the hearth of a old chimney for good luck. You will dig a ton of junk but that one diamond in the rough will be found and your heart will be singing.

    When you make that great find, write about it and send in a photo. I've been hunting since 1972, 40 years and I don't have any kids to pass on this information so I pass it to you.
    I hope you find a Mother Lode.
    ticm, JoeB_OH, Gunrunner61 and 6 others like this.
    7 books authored: Forts, Camps & Batteries of Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
    Where to Metal Detect in Central Florida and South Florida.

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    And there you have it. Good stuff.

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    ticm, Bet he knows what "milspec" means. And you wouldn't even watch the video.

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    Also, Try the "little" book stores that will have the books done by local historians. And, it has certainly been said MANY times, look up the older people of the community. They LOVE to talk about the way it was! TTC
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLauthor View Post
    Why are you hunting public parks when there are virgin sites out there that have never had a metal detector waved over it. Here are some tips to get started. Become a member of the local historical society and tell them you want to be their field operator for old home sites, old bottle dumps, ect. You'll probably have more sites then you can possibly hunt, get your hunting buddies involved. Give a percentage of your finds to the historical society museum with your name as the finder. Something you can point out to your kids or grandkids. These are some of the things you can be doing when it's too dang cold to be metal detecting.
    Ask the historical society who the oldest residents are still living who were born there. Should be a few of them. Go interview them and ask such things as where did teens go for picnics, lovers lane, swimming holes, dances and such. Many people didn't trust banks after the Depression and may have buried their money and died before it was recovered. Maybe Gangsters robbed the bank and the money was hidden and never recovered. Let them talk about the good old days. Either take notes or record it then write it down later. I interviewed an old timer that told me about a lot of treasure sites in Florida. I read every library book that had to do with Central Florida and if it smelled like treasure, I wrote it down. When I had about 300 sites, I wrote my first book "Where to Metal Detect in Central Florida". It was first published in 1991 and its still being sold today and probably will be long after I'm gone too.

    Go to the County Seat Tax office and ask for the old Government Survey Maps to find pioneer cabins, crossroads, stage stations, ferry crossings, villages that are today extinct. Find something interesting then the tax office can pinpoint on modern map and tell you who owns it so permission can be sought. I found a bottle dump in an old city lot that once belonged to a Lumber Baron in the 1880. That was a lot of fun digging up history and many of the bottles are in 3 museums.

    Use the Internet Search engine. Use a title like History of ?? town. Try surrounding towns, use your imagination. How do you think these TH'ers find a George Washington Inaugural Button or a $20 gold piece hidden in a old tobacco can hidden in a stone wall. Or a Morgan Silver dollar placed under the hearth of a old chimney for good luck. You will dig a ton of junk but that one diamond in the rough will be found and your heart will be singing.

    When you make that great find, write about it and send in a photo. I've been hunting since 1972, 40 years and I don't have any kids to pass on this information so I pass it to you.
    I hope you find a Mother Lode.
    Thanks for the info...Most here will appreciate it!
    Just remember...what you miss today...I will find tomorrow!

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    "MIL-SPEC": A United States defense standard, often called a military standard, "MIL-STD", "MIL-SPEC", or (informally) "MilSpecs", is used to help achieve standardization objectives by the U.S. Department of Defense. Wikipedia Translation
    7 books authored: Forts, Camps & Batteries of Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
    Where to Metal Detect in Central Florida and South Florida.

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    Wow, great info! Thank you for posting! I recently read about a town near me that wants to start a historical society, through city council meeting memos that are posted on their web page. Always thought they would frown on MD'ers volunteering to help them.

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    Yup. It works for me too I docent at two different museums (requires just a 6 hr. committment per month), and as such ..... have my greedy little fingers "carte blanche" to their resources Also seems to open-up doors for permission at places you introduce yourself to. You know, to say "I'm a historian tour guide at the such & such museum, doing research on your site here", blah blah .
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

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    Im on phone now with my auditors office as well as planning. If you want building info talk to the planning dept. My auditor only has parcel maps no structure info.

    Thank you for great info.

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    Carries sandborn insurance maps dating to 1865. 50 in scale also show what buildings wrre made of and outhouse locations

 

 

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