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  1. #1
    Newbie1967

    Church Hunt - Is it worth the effort?

    I know this isn't a "find" - but it relates to the effort to generate some new finds! I've been trying to get permission to hunt at a church in my neighborhood. Historically it dates back to the 1700's. The old church that was once there was razed long ago.

    I have finally received a response to my e-mail from the pastor.

    To quote:

    It would be nice to meet with you and discuss your project. However, there are two areas of concern: (1) as a regisstered national archeological site, the County Historical Society is part of any decision; and (2) the Parish is governed by committee (called the Vestry). I must be sensitive to the desires and/or directives of each.

    I am willing to talk, but must tell you in advance that there are two entities looking over mya shoulder, so to speak.


    My question is this: Is this worth pursuing? There are other places I can go. Do I even want to bother when this site is a registered archaeological site? From what I seem to recall, these places are typically off limits.

    If anyone can give me their suggestions or advice, I'd appreciate it!

  2. #2
    us
    finder of the gold coin

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    Re: Church Hunt - Is it worth the effort?

    they'll probably tell you no but what the heck.

    mark

  3. #3
    Newbie1967

    Re: Church Hunt - Is it worth the effort?

    That's the thing. I'm wondering if I spend my free time dealing with these folks and trying to convince them (I too think they'll say "no") when I could be digging in a site that doesn't require approval?

    And, if by some miracle, they do allow me to do it, I get the impression that there will be some confusion as to what constitutes a "historical find."

  4. #4
    Oddfello

    Re: Church Hunt - Is it worth the effort?

    I'd do it. What the heck, it seems like it could be a great opportunity and I wouldn't let it go by just because I might feel a bit put off by the effort involved in getting permission Best case they say yes, worst case they say no but at least you have shown yourself to be interested enough and dedicated enough to your hobby to persue the chance. Not to mention considerate enough to speak with them instead of pulling up and start digging. Maybe they will come down somewhere between in which case for me it's a win. If the site dates that old I think I would be happy just seeing what the land holds, even if it doesn't mean I get to keep it. I would get a decent camera though if permitted.

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    bk
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    Re: Church Hunt - Is it worth the effort?

    As long as you went that far to get permission. I would go ahead and meet with the pastor. let him/her get to know who you are. I wouldn't go dressed in you digging garb, however. Once he/she gets to know who you are your chances of getting permission are probably better. Tell him/her that you are only interested in the coins that you might find, but offer to show him /her everything that you find. Including the trash. Some of my best finds have been in old churchyards. Good luck, and keep us posted. We'll be looking for some nice finds from you.

  6. #6
    mrmark55

    Re: Church Hunt - Is it worth the effort?

    If nothing else make contact with him and even if the answer is no, be an Ambassador of good will for the hobby. Take several copies of our code of ethics with you and give them to him. If nothing else comes out of it you will probably make a good friend and make a good impression on him concerning the demeanor of the people of our hobby. Good Luck!
    Mr Mark

  7. #7
    Newbie1967

    Re: Church Hunt - Is it worth the effort?

    Okay, you've convinced me. I'll reply back to him and set up a time to go visit. Who knows, they may even say yes

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    us
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    Re: Church Hunt - Is it worth the effort?

    I don't understand the designation as a "registered national archeological site" because if there is no plan to or no dig, excavation or archeological activity there, then we need to redefine our language. I understand the National Register of Historic Places but inclusion on this list itself does not preclude any detecting at such a site unless so specified by whoever owns the property.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes.

  9. #9
    minelabex1000

    Re: Church Hunt - Is it worth the effort?

    It sounds to me like the pastor would like you to give up on the idea. Now, not that he (she?) is such a bad person, but, they have to consider a lot of politics if you get my drift.

    The historical site argument may have some credence but I rather doubt it. They're more interested in the building, not the dirt under it.

    You could see if you can do them a favor. Maybe do a little painting? Rake the yard, fix something? Just make sure you get to hunt in the deal.

    I'd also see if anyone else has hunted it.

    Good luck

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    us
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    Re: Church Hunt - Is it worth the effort?

    I'd say go on and forge ahead. If they say no, maybe you'll get permission elsewhere. The very worst is they'll say no and all you lost was a little energy/time for your effort

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    us
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    Re: Church Hunt - Is it worth the effort?

    I say go ahead and try... you already know thta the worst possible answer is going to be "NO". But you DON'T know what their answer is going to be. Give it a shot and let us know! Good luck!
    “Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value ---- zero.” - Voltaire (1694-1778)

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    Re: Church Hunt - Is it worth the effort?

    Another option is if they say no, find out what the boundries are, and search outside of the boundries. In over 200 years, something has to have been lost in that area.

  13. #13
    minelabex1000

    Re: Church Hunt - Is it worth the effort?

    Quote Originally Posted by wayne1956
    Another option is if they say no, find out what the boundries are, and search outside of the boundries.? In over 200 years, something has to have been lost in that area.
    Excellent idea! Chances are the original plot was much bigger.

  14. #14

    Mar 2005
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    Re: Church Hunt - Is it worth the effort?

    How about if you stress that any finds that hold historical significants to the church you will gladly let them have it. Coins and jewlery isn't historical to the church.
    Whites XLT

  15. #15

    Mar 2005
    3

    Re: Church Hunt - Is it worth the effort?

    I have done an old church closed for the last 100 years - just a couple of great finds - a brass wrapper for the spine of a bible and a ladies compact by the side walk down about 12 inches - inside was a 1934 nickle - mint cond. - what a find - look around the area where they tied up the horse and buggies - I found some old nails and some other junk - this took place in Ontario, Canada -- Capt Bob

 

 
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