North Carolina Lost Treasure

North Carolina 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.

Good luck! And have fun in your search for North Carolina lost treasure.

North Carolina Lost Treasure Sites

Beatties Ford

Somewhere on the Catawba River, a few miles north of Cowan's Ford Dam, is a lost battle ground of the Revolutionary War. On January 31, 1781, British General Cornwallis troops defeated the Patriots in this area. The site, if located, may hold numerous relics.


This seaport was a well known pirate haven. Many tales of buried treasure have been passed down thru the years.

Bell's Mill

Located on Muddy Creek, near the Deep River junction, a few miles north of Randleman. In the late 1700's, Tories raided the area and supposedly buried their treasures in the area of the mill. Apparently the Tories were captured and killed before returning to their cache.

Clapp's Milll

Located near the junction of the Beaver and Big Alamance Creeks. In 1781, a battle between General Cornwallis, and the Patriots was fought here. However, before retreating, the Patriots buried bronze cannons, and munitions. It is not known if the cache was recovered by the Patriots.

Deep River

Located near the town of Guilford. In 1782, David Fanning, a murderer, along with his thieving gang, plundered and murdered hundreds of people in the area. Eventually, they fled to Nova Scotia. But before leaving, the murderer's buried their treasure in a cave along the river.

The Orton Plantation

Located on the Cape Fear River, near Brunswick Town. Here sits a very large, and very old mansion. The legend of a treasure having to do with the death of King Roger Moore, who built this home, states that upon his death, within "100 paces of the great house" is a large treasure buried by him.

The Lost Sontechee Indian Silver Mine

Located somewhere in the Snowbird Mt, near Andrews. In the early 1800's, Indians raided the white settlements in the area. They hid their treasure in the mine, but then sealed off it's entrance.

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.

North Carolina lost treasures may be located in ghost towns.

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