Bolton, Ma. Farm Cache

GaBnn3

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I'm doing some preliminary research on the Bolton cache in the old well. However, I want to be sure this is for real, not fabricated by a treasure magazine author for one month's magazine, such as the Follensby cache. U.S. census records don't confirm the existence of the source of this tale, one Henry Haggman, of Boston. Can anyone add anything of interest. I have come to believe that, due to the lack of internet, radio and television, back in the 1800's, story telling was a major passtime. Nothing makes a better story than one of lost love and hidden fortune. So, before I waste too much time, I'm looking for confirmation from someone. Thanks.
 

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I live nearby and know some residents. Never heard of any legend. Willing to research and ask some questions if you can provide more info.
 

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are you referring to the legend of gold coins being hidden in a well?
 
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Sorry for delay in responding fellas. This story was revealed by the noted author, Edward Rowe Snow, who was himself a successful treasure hunter. He unsuccessfully tried to track this one down. Yes, this is the box of gold coins valued at the time at $50k. Intrigue behind story makes it suspect. But, since it's within driving distance, I'm looking at it.
 

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GaBnn3 said:
Sorry for delay in responding fellas. This story was revealed by the noted author, Edward Rowe Snow, who was himself a successful treasure hunter. He unsuccessfully tried to track this one down. Yes, this is the box of gold coins valued at the time at $50k. Intrigue behind story makes it suspect. But, since it's within driving distance, I'm looking at it.

I recall doing a little research on this one. The catch was supposedly near the intersection of 117 and Route 495. Many have searched for the well, however, one needs a two box or very deep detector. I am close by as well, but there is a lot of land there and it may possibly be buried under the 495 highway. Contact me if you would like to work together on this one.
 
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GaBnn3

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Hi kneo. Yes, I'd be willing to pool our knowledge and see where it leads. It seems to me that the buried under 495 idea is just speculation because 495 was not there at the time the treasure was buried. But, no one knows where the specific farm was located. Of all the tales I looked at this one is the most vague and clueless. I understand how Edward Rowe Snow hit a deadend. BTW I have a White TM808.
 

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Hello from the cape. I heard something about this also. We all must have the same info from research. I could be wrong on this, sooo!! Their might be a river close by that town. It goes way up and was used by smaller boats. I remember the rt117 and 495 but not sure where they meet or what. But anyway. [Winthrop] 1699 buried a cache of treasure on the old john Allen farm near base of great head. Theirs a road their called Treasure road. If this information is right. Might have two treasures mixed or even writer copy info wrong. Never know. Ships are spelt different,but their the same ship. Good luck
 
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papajon

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Hey I have also heard of this. There are a lot of stories surrounding Bolton Acton and Shirley areas having to do with similar stories of a well cache. If you guys are still looking and want another detector I am interested I use to hunt game in Bolton and have seen many a cellar hole without going back to detect as time and the hobby wasn't an interest at the time. I always kept maps on hunts and used markers such as cellar holes as way points to go back to later for deer. I still have the maps. maybe worth lookin into.
 

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Hi kneo. Yes, I'd be willing to pool our knowledge and see where it leads. It seems to me that the buried under 495 idea is just speculation because 495 was not there at the time the treasure was buried. But, no one knows where the specific farm was located. Of all the tales I looked at this one is the most vague and clueless. I understand how Edward Rowe Snow hit a deadend. BTW I have a White TM808.
Hi Everyone, I live in Bolton, this is such an awesome legend. I live near the lime quarry. I wonder how far "near" 495 and 117 could be? Mile radius? 2 mile radius? Or really right around the the intersection. Lots of swamp and woods around there. When I google, "Bolton Ma old john allen", the images show the old Whitcomb-Mentzer house, near the lime kiln quarry. I purchased my house from the Mentzers close to the lime quarry. Behind me is 30 acres of woods and two old wells. These wells probably aren't "the well", but I am metal detecting the 30 acres and around the wells. Any more info on the cache would be so cool. What a great legend.
 

sorgboston

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Here are pictures of the old wells. I doubt they are from the 1600's. I estimate mid-1800s, but I have no clue.
 

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