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    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    Ozarks
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    Haunted Woods Cache?

    The 50 acre patch of woods and marshlands near the Chesapeake Bay contain some of the most bizarre and unusual paranormal phenomenon ever recorded, from mysterious groups of shovelers digging to floating lights in the woods. Some have seen a woman with long, flowing hair rising over the trees when a storm is coming. Others claim an army of British soldiers, killed long ago by American Calvary, still march through there.

    In 1649, after the execution of Charles I by the victorious Roundheads, colonial Virginia experienced a mass immigration of prominent Cavalier families who kept the cause and the traditions of the monarchy alive in their hearts. It was, therefore, quite natural for Charles II upon his restoration in 1660, to chose Virginia as a place to maintain a large cache of treasure in anticipation of the day when the tide of events might turn against him. When the king later found out that the party that he sent to the New World had buried the gold and jewels he entrusted to them in a secret area near the mouth of the White Creek, later known as the ?aunted Woods,·instead of near Jamestown, as instructed, he was understandably outraged. All members of the advance party were reportedly put to death. Charles II never had the need to resort to his American cache. Through many tribulations and plots, both real and imagined, he maintained his grip on the throne and died the King of England, having spent many thousand times the value of his paltry American cache. It has not, that I know of, ever been found.

    The same area is said to be the location of the hiding place of a large cache of coins and jewelry and other valuables buried by soldiers under British General Cornwallis during the Revolution. The cache, which was said to be comprised of the best part of the plunder taken during the second southern campaign, was buried somewhere in the Haunted Woods area in 1781. After Cornwallis·surrender at Yorktown in October of that year, he and his army were held as prisoners of war until the details of the peace and prisoner exchanges could be worked out. The cache, which they would not have been permitted to take with them in any event, was never recovered. The Haunted Woods is located about five miles from the town of Matthews Courthouse near the mouth of the White Creek.

    Please Note: It is the responsibility of the treasure hunter to gain permission before detecting.
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    Blackbeard

    (Edward Teach) buried looted booty up in a 50-acre area of what

    is now called Old House Woods (or Old Haunted Woods) in

    eastern Mathews County, VA. Fishing late at night, watermen have

    reported seeing an illuminated full-rigged ghost ship gliding up White

    Creek, (a tributary of the Chesapeake) and sailing right over the

    shore and into the woods itself, with sailors leaning over the rails

    and lanterns swaying as it passes by. One fisherman even reported

    hearing harp and organ music from the vessel as it passed his fishing

    boat in the creek.



    Other interesting sightings include those of two sailors digging

    feverishly in the woods by lantern-light, with a man standing by

    giving orders and brandishing pistols. It was thought that

    Blackbeard had his diggers put to death after the treasure was

    successfully buried. This custom, pirates believed, held dead men's

    spirits earthbound to protect the treasure from being carted off by

    someone else. And supposedly there are a couple newspaper

    accounts from the 1920's about several late-night travelers being

    accosted by a luminous skeleton figure in the road wearing a

    transparent armor and threatening any trespasser with a gleaming

    thrashing sword. Makes you want to go up there and do a little

    camping, doesn't it? ;-)



    The area boasts of more ghosts; from that of a long haired, night-

    gowned woman warning fishermen and watermen of severe

    weather, to the ghostly figures of British soldiers who buried yet

    another stolen treasure box in the woods but later killed by

    American revolutionaries. The reason for their ghostly return is to

    continue the search for their buried goods.



    I found the information for these stories from a book called 'The

    Ghosts of Tidewater .... and nearby environs,' by L. B. Taylor who

    writes quite extensively about the true and exaggerated stories of the past.


    In one of his more recent books, Taylor relates that his story of

    Old Haunted Woods prompted a Richmond man to ask him for

    detailed directions to the area. The man was never sure if he found

    the right spot but at one point he got out of his car and started

    walking around. He began to experience a really weird, creepy

    feeling that he couldn't account for and a few moments later was

    suddenly overtaken by a huge black swarm of horseflies. He says

    the flies were enormous, about the size of a quarter each. When he

    bolted for his car, the swarm followed. Once enclosed inside, he

    still had to killed off the ones that got in with him. Finally he shot off

    down the road with the swarm trailing behind. He thought he lost

    them for good when he circled around a large opened field only to

    discover that the flies had taken a short-cut across the same field to

    catch up to him. The black swarm followed his vehicle for six miles

    when the terrified man from Richmond saw them no more.

    Sue

    Susananita@aol.com
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    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  2. #2
    us
    Oct 2008
    Tulsa, OK
    Fisher F75 LTD, F75, Minelab Excalibur 1000, Etrac
    438

    I don't know about the rest ofthe stories. . .

    but that last bit sounds like some of our famous Southern Missouri Mosquitoes escaped the holding grounds!!!

    Very interesting stories Gypsy, sure makes me wonder how fast my neck hairs would stand up in a place like that!! Im pretty sure they'd calm down after the first gold piece though
    Purveyor of fine rusted iron, aluminum cans, and pull tabs since 1995!

  3. #3

    Jun 2007
    10,070
    1394 times

    Re: Haunted Woods Cache?

    Send in GHOST BUSTERS! Or TAP!! Then, you have PocaHUANTED Highway... WEST of Richmond, Va. 8)

  4. #4
    us
    Wolfpack Life Member

    Mar 2005
    Stephens City, Virginia
    Treasure Ace250 Tesoro Cibola
    2,568
    10 times

    Re: Haunted Woods Cache?

    I've heard this tale, but haven't met any real witnesses. It would be cool to look around there. I'm fasinated by the paranormal.

    DM

  5. #5
    us
    Feb 2006
    Castle Shannon, PA
    Whites MXT
    1,189
    16 times

    Re: Haunted Woods Cache?

    Quote Originally Posted by Digginman
    I've heard this tale, but haven't met any real witnesses. It would be cool to look around there. I'm fasinated by the paranormal.

    DM
    I am up for a camping/ghost hunting/cache hunting trip if you guys are!!!


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    Jun 2007
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    Re: Haunted Woods Cache?


  7. #7
    us
    Mar 2007
    SE Virginia
    Minelab Explorer SE Pro / Whites Prism II
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    Re: Haunted Woods Cache?

    Great post. I live in a neighboring county and had never heard this.

    just be prepared though. I've detected on a few properties in mathews and the mosquitos can be a nightmare. Its also very swampy and most of the properties I've dug on have had water a few inches under the surface.


  8. #8
    us
    Dec 2008
    Gordonsville , Va
    Discovery 1000
    29

    Re: Haunted Woods Cache?

    [quote=Gypsy Heart ]
    The 50 acre patch of woods and marshlands near the Chesapeake Bay contain some of the most bizarre and unusual paranormal phenomenon ever recorded, from mysterious groups of shovelers digging to floating lights in the woods. Some have seen a woman with long, flowing hair rising over the trees when a storm is coming. Others claim an army of British soldiers, killed long ago by American Calvary, still march through there.

    In 1649, after the execution of Charles I by the victorious Roundheads, colonial Virginia experienced a mass immigration of prominent Cavalier families who kept the cause and the traditions of the monarchy alive in their hearts. It was, therefore, quite natural for Charles II upon his restoration in 1660, to chose Virginia as a place to maintain a large cache of treasure in anticipation of the day when the tide of events might turn against him. When the king later found out that the party that he sent to the New World had buried the gold and jewels he entrusted to them in a secret area near the mouth of the White Creek, later known as the ?aunted Woods,·instead of near Jamestown, as instructed, he was understandably outraged. All members of the advance party were reportedly put to death. Charles II never had the need to resort to his American cache. Through many tribulations and plots, both real and imagined, he maintained his grip on the throne and died the King of England, having spent many thousand times the value of his paltry American cache. It has not, that I know of, ever been found.

    The same area is said to be the location of the hiding place of a large cache of coins and jewelry and other valuables buried by soldiers under British General Cornwallis during the Revolution. The cache, which was said to be comprised of the best part of the plunder taken during the second southern campaign, was buried somewhere in the Haunted Woods area in 1781. After Cornwallis·surrender at Yorktown in October of that year, he and his army were held as prisoners of war until the details of the peace and prisoner exchanges could be worked out. The cache, which they would not have been permitted to take with them in any event, was never recovered. The Haunted Woods is located about five miles from the town of Matthews Courthouse near the mouth of the White Creek.

    Please Note: It is the responsibility of the treasure hunter to gain permission before detecting.
    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::
    Blackbeard

    (Edward Teach) buried looted booty up in a 50-acre area of what

    is now called Old House Woods (or Old Haunted Woods) in

    eastern Mathews County, VA. Fishing late at night, watermen have

    reported seeing an illuminated full-rigged ghost ship gliding up White

    Creek, (a tributary of the Chesapeake) and sailing right over the

    shore and into the woods itself, with sailors leaning over the rails

    and lanterns swaying as it passes by. One fisherman even reported

    hearing harp and organ music from the vessel as it passed his fishing

    boat in the creek.



    Other interesting sightings include those of two sailors digging

    feverishly in the woods by lantern-light, with a man standing by

    giving orders and brandishing pistols. It was thought that

    Blackbeard had his diggers put to death after the treasure was

    successfully buried. This custom, pirates believed, held dead men's

    spirits earthbound to protect the treasure from being carted off by

    someone else. And supposedly there are a couple newspaper

    accounts from the 1920's about several late-night travelers being

    accosted by a luminous skeleton figure in the road wearing a

    transparent armor and threatening any trespasser with a gleaming

    thrashing sword. Makes you want to go up there and do a little

    camping, doesn't it? ;-)



    The area boasts of more ghosts; from that of a long haired, night-

    gowned woman warning fishermen and watermen of severe

    weather, to the ghostly figures of British soldiers who buried yet

    another stolen treasure box in the woods but later killed by

    American revolutionaries. The reason for their ghostly return is to

    continue the search for their buried goods.



    I found the information for these stories from a book called 'The

    Ghosts of Tidewater .... and nearby environs,' by L. B. Taylor who

    writes quite extensively about the true and exaggerated stories of the past.


    In one of his more recent books, Taylor relates that his story of

    Old Haunted Woods prompted a Richmond man to ask him for

    detailed directions to the area. The man was never sure if he found

    the right spot but at one point he got out of his car and started

    walking around. He began to experience a really weird, creepy

    feeling that he couldn't account for and a few moments later was

    suddenly overtaken by a huge black swarm of horseflies. He says

    the flies were enormous, about the size of a quarter each. When he

    bolted for his car, the swarm followed. Once enclosed inside, he

    still had to killed off the ones that got in with him. Finally he shot off

    down the road with the swarm trailing behind. He thought he lost

    them for good when he circled around a large opened field only to

    discover that the flies had taken a short-cut across the same field to

    catch up to him. The black swarm followed his vehicle for six miles

    when the terrified man from Richmond saw them no more.

    Sue

    Susananita@aol.com
    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::;;
    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::





    Does anyone know who to contact in regards to camping in these woods? a few of my friends & I want to go check this place out we aint scared lol please let me know thanks Susan

  9. #9

    Jun 2007
    10,070
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    Re: Haunted Woods Cache?


  10. #10
    us
    Dec 2008
    Gordonsville , Va
    Discovery 1000
    29

    Re: Haunted Woods Cache?

    Ok so who is up for a camping trip to this place? Lets say May 8th and 9th 2009 anyone??

  11. #11
    us
    Feb 2009
    southampton CO Va
    T2, White's Surfmaster PI, HH PI
    26

    Re: I'll just send my mother-in-law in first heheheheheh


  12. #12
    us
    Dec 2008
    Gordonsville , Va
    Discovery 1000
    29

    Re: Haunted Woods Cache?

    [quote=fieldboy se va ]
    ;Chicken lol

  13. #13
    us
    Feb 2009
    east coast
    22

    Re: Haunted Woods Cache?

    [quote] And supposedly there are a couple newspaper

    accounts from the 1920's about several late-night travelers being

    accosted by a luminous skeleton figure in the road wearing a

    transparent armor and threatening any trespasser with a gleaming

    thrashing sword.

    Great story know where these accounts can be found/read?

  14. #14
    us
    Dec 2008
    Gordonsville , Va
    Discovery 1000
    29

    Re: Haunted Woods Cache?

    [quote=bob123 ]
    [quote] And supposedly there are a couple newspaper

    accounts from the 1920's about several late-night travelers being

    accosted by a luminous skeleton figure in the road wearing a

    transparent armor and threatening any trespasser with a gleaming

    thrashing sword.

    Great story know where these accounts can be found/read?
    wish me luck i am headed to the haunted woods Tomorrow 2/27/09 just to check it out

  15. #15
    us
    Feb 2009
    east coast
    22

    Re: Haunted Woods Cache?

    [quote=furmanorange ]
    [quote=bob123 ]
    And supposedly there are a couple newspaper

    accounts from the 1920's about several late-night travelers being

    accosted by a luminous skeleton figure in the road wearing a

    transparent armor and threatening any trespasser with a gleaming

    thrashing sword.

    Great story know where these accounts can be found/read?
    wish me luck i am headed to the haunted woods Tomorrow 2/27/09 just to check it out
    cool good luck and post some pics!!

 

 
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