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    Hunting the Adirondack Warpath

    Apr 2006
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    Cool Old Picnic Grove Gives Up The Goods!

    Hooray for spring!

    I recently took some time during a rainy spell to do some more research before the sunny weather returned, and managed to locate the site of an old picnic grove heavily used from the 1880s onward. Without giving away too much, let me say that not much about it has changed since its heyday, so upon arrival at the first of my two trips there this week I got pretty excited to start digging, right from the get-go. I could tell it was going to be a spot I'd be haunting for who knows how long.

    I only had about an hour the first evening, so I just did a quick scan of the grounds near some former outbuildings, and immediately started making finds. One particularly hot spot yielded a 1918 Mercury Dime and four Wheaties, plus an antique keyhole plate, all in a small area, but the sun was going down and the black flies were biting, so I headed home after that initial "scout" convinced there was much more awaiting.

    The anticipation was killing me, so by last Sunday afternoon I had to go back. With about three solid hours on my hands, I set to work again, this time hitting a large open field that I could imagine hosting large groups back in the day. Again, right away the quality targets started coming, but the finds were even better than I'd hoped.

    Right after digging a 1906 Indian Head Penny, I hit another dime-type signal, and saw the tiniest sliver of silver in the plug. As it emerged I realized I had found a 3-cent piece, or "Trime." My first! (After taking a closer look at home, I determined it to be an 1852. The date is rough, but the '2' is clear and the pattern is of the original, pre-1854 variety). Even though I wanted to do a happy dance and head home right there, I kept digging.

    The next couple of hours yielded a bunch of other nice finds, including a gorgeous 1951 Franklin Half Dollar (!!), another Indian Head Penny (1905), another five Wheaties, a game token, a lead bag seal with the wire still attached, a really nice old Army coat button, and an ornate gilded whatsit that my wife thinks might be part of an old perfume bottle (see pic).

    Needless to say, I will be returning there. Stay tuned!

    --Brendan

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    Last edited by Brendan M.; May 09, 2012 at 03:08 AM.
    "Today is the day." -- Mel Fisher

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    Melissa

    Aug 2005
    Oak Ridge, TN
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    Hey! I know where that place is! Just kidding. So far Ive only dreamed of finding a place like that! Awesome finds and great job on the research! It's sure paying off. Please keep the updates comming!

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    Western Schuylkill County
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    Very nice finds Brendan !

    should be allot more surprises there

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    us
    Jun 2011
    Oklahoma
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    you scored some great finds. I hope that's just the tip of the iceberg

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    Hunting the Adirondack Warpath

    Apr 2006
    Warrensburg, New York
    White's DFX, Bullseye II pinpointer, Gray Ghost Headphones
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    Thanks! This is a massive site, so I can't wait to dig some more. Seems like anything is possible to come up from there.
    "Today is the day." -- Mel Fisher

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    us
    Feb 2010
    Maryland
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    That is nice! I have a site I've been wanting to hit but havent been there yet. Looks like Im going to have to try and make some time to check it out.

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    us
    Apr 2012
    Massachusetts
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    Awesome finds congrats

  8. #8
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    Hunting the Adirondack Warpath

    Apr 2006
    Warrensburg, New York
    White's DFX, Bullseye II pinpointer, Gray Ghost Headphones
    649
    10 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Quote Originally Posted by GetReal View Post
    Awesome finds congrats
    Thank you!
    "Today is the day." -- Mel Fisher

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    us
    Jul 2010
    Michigan
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    I hope it's a spot that keeps giving, Congrats on some good fines and Good hunting.....
    ROB

 

 

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