As you walk around, or when you are driving, observe those areas
that are not your most common detecting areas. Those common areas are
parks and schoolyards. The uncommon areas to detect are the strips
between the sidewalk and the curb. Or the rest areas along roads and
Old churchyards, and the old, one-room schools that existed a few hundred years ago, are just a few places to search around and are great metal detecting sites. Unfortunately you need to do some research to locate these spots, and they can produce year after year, just for you. It’s the research part where people in this hobby become lazy, so they head for the nearest park.
How about the parking spots where fishermen park? Not to mention the shorelines along the creeks and rivers. How about picnic areas? The older the better. You’ll dig lots of trash, but you can also find many coins, and some jewelry.
Old picnic groves, no longer in use are great metal detecting sites. They are hard to find but well worth the effort. You can find them by doing some research. Start by talking to the older residents of an area. Ask them where they used to picnic with their families when they were children. You can visit the local town historian as well. Sometimes they will know where the old groves were located. If not, go through the old newspapers they have on file. Sometimes these files are stored on microfilm for easier research. Look for articles that mention churches having a bazaar or picnic in a certain area. Often the article will name the grove where the function was held.
Old farms, especially in the east, offer a great opportunity for detecting. Many older rural areas were once inhabited by our first settlers. The houses are now long gone and the areas purchased by farmers who most often turned the land into farm fields.
Some of those farm fields were often used by troops during the French & Indian, and Revolutionary Wars. Either battles were fought there, or the fields were used as encampments.
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Old Ghost Towns
Of course, don’t overlook the old ghost towns. These areas are also great for metal detecting. In the western states they are easy to find. However, in the east, the old towns that are no longer standing are much harder to locate. They are nothing more than large holes in the ground with walls of stone that were once the cellars of an old home. If you can locate an old area like this, it lends a great opportunity to locate some terrific finds.
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