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New York Lost Treasure


New York lost treasure sites are listed on this page. However, I cannot promise that this information is completely accurate. As treasure tales go, because they have been passed down through many years, certain elements of the lost treasure story may have been altered, either intentionally or otherwise.

This information should be researched through other means as well. Never rely on one piece of information about a treasure story you are researching. Use multiple research tools.




New York Lost Treasure Sites

Good luck! And have fun in your search for New York lost treasure.

 Bear Mountain Forts

Two Revolutionary War forts, Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton were located in Bear Mt on the Hudson River, near Palisades Parkway, and route 9W. Some of the forts remains can still be seen. Both of these forts were captured by the British, and there occupants may have knwn of impending attacks. They may have hid valuables, and or payrolls.

Butlersbury Mansion

Located near Fonda, on Switzer Hill. This home was built in 1742 and occupied by two, hated Tories, John and William Butler. Both men raided Patriots during the Revolutionary War, and then escaped to Canada. Supposedly, a vast treasure, or treasures are buried in or around the mansion.

German Flatts

Located along the Mohawk River is a ten mile strip of ruins from the Palatine settlement that existed in the early 1700's. The homes were plundered and destroyed, and many of their occupants were killed by both the Iroquois Indians, and the Tories, during the Revolutionary War. Many occupants buried their possessions before the raids. And of course most died, never returning to their caches.

Isle Royal

An island located on the St. Lawrence River near Waddington. In the mid 1700's a French commander buried approximately $50,000 before surrendering his fort to the British.

The Lost Blenheim Silver Mine

Located is somewhere near the north end of the mountain. The mine was sealed during the Revolutionary War so the British could not benefit from it. Landslides have since covered it furthur.

Silver Creek

Silver Creek is located approximately eight miles northeast of Dunkirk on Lake Erie. Silver coins are found along the beach. Most likely from the steamship wreck, Atlantic, that went down in 1852. It was carrying approximately $60,000 in coins.

Grand Island

Located between Buffalo and Niagra Falls, in the Niagra River. A well to do, French merchant named Clairieux buried kegs of eighteenth century coins near his home and store.

Understand The Laws Regarding Digging On State Lands

The Antiquities Act of 1906 and the ARPA  (Archaeology Resources Protection Act)laws explain why you cannot remove artifacts from State or Federal lands that are more than 100 years old.

Digging for a treasure that is more than 100 years old comes under the protection of these two laws. But remember, the laws only pertain to State and Federal lands. Know the law before you dig.

And New York State has another ridiculous law about digging. 

New York lost treasures may be located in ghost towns.

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