New Hampshire Lost Treasure

New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire treasure.

New Hampshire Lost Treasure Sites


This town originates from the early 1600's, and the Revolutionary War area. It would be wise to get permission from home owners of the old colonial homes still in existence, to metal detect their properties. You never know what relics you could uncover.


Like the town of Exeter, this a very old town which was an important seaport during the Colonial days. Seek permission to metal detect around the old homes.

Stark Fort

Located somewhere near Nutts Pond in Manchester. This Fort was built during the Revolutionary War, but remains hidden. If you can locate the site, many relics may be buried there.


John Clifton, a pirate, died after he buried a treasure he stole from a raid in the Caribbean. The cache is supposedly buried near State rte 108, and the Oyster River.

John L. Woods Treasure

Somewhere between the Connecticut and Ammonoosuc Rivers, is a large treasure buried by John L. Woods. The town of Woodsville was named after him. The treasure is said to be buried near the sawmill he owned.

The Isles of Shoals

These are seven islands located approximately 10 miles southeast of Portsmouth. There are pirate legends of many treasures being buried on these islands.

Bound Brook

Located on the Raritan River. In 1777 a battle between the British and Patriots took place here. Both sides buried a large cache of supplies, and possibly payrolls.


In 1778 British troops were protecting a wagon carrying more than 100,000 pounds of sterling in gold and silver coins. They were then attacked by the Patriots, and killed. The Patriots buried the money, but then were killed by British reinforcements. The treasure was never located.

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.

New Hampshire lost treasures may be located in ghost towns.

Where To Find Treasure, Cash And Coins Using A Metal Detector

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