New Hampshire Treasure Legends

Gypsy Heart

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Nov 29, 2005
Governor John Wentworth, is said by some, to have buried $25,000 in coins and silverware near Portsmouth. He presumably hid this before fleeing to the north during the parlous times of the Revolutionary War. It is known that Wentworth was a man of considerable wealth. Separately, the site of his summer home has been a prime archaeological focal point for many years. On the shore of a body of water that today bears his name, Lake Wentworth, various small British coins and numerous artifacts have been located. Lake Wentworth is located in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

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The Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire and just about every landing along the state's short (about 17 miles) seacoast have been long regarded as prime sources for hunting pirate treasure, although little has actually been found there. This offshore group includes Smuttynose Island, said to be a particularly rich possibility, for many pirates, including in particular Jack Quelch, thought this was a great location to bury silver and gold.
Ned Low and William Fly were two other pirates who liked the area. Cotton Mather, the Massachusetts diarist and prominent justice, recorded that Fly's career was especially bloodthirsty, but lasted only 35 days before he was tried and hanged in Boston, where Fly helped the hangman tie the knot for his neck. Appledore Island, not far away, is said to be laden with treasure just waiting to be found, although a lot of people have tried. Ditto for Star Island. Londoner Island, later called Lunging Island, is where Blackbeard is said to have buried treasure in 1718. It is believed that a substantial amount of silver is buried on the landing side of the beach facing the Star Island Hotel across the water.

Captain Samuel Haley lived on Smuttynose Island in the early 1800's. He and his wife would set a light in the seaward window of his home at night to guide ships as they approached the island. It was toward this light a few survivors from the Segunto, which wrecked during a terrible snowstorm in 1813, made their way. Unfortunately, they never made it. The next morning, Haley found their bodies and buried them, marked by 14 granite slabs. Capt. Haley also found 3 bars of silver on the beach. He used these to build a sea wall between Smuttynose and Malaga (now Cedar island). He reportedly never looked for any more treasure. With the exception of 4 more bars found in the 1880's, it has not been reported that any of the other treasure from the Segunto has been recovered.


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New Hampshire Treasure Legends

Oh, okay... I was just checking to see if this was another one of those posts about Nhbenz. ::)

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