On this page, you will read about nine metal detecting sites that may produce for you some nice finds.
I’m sharing these areas because I always read and hear
what so many in the hobby are asking. “Where can I go to find more old coins
That question is asked on detecting forums, during club meetings, and even while people are metal detecting together. There is one key that will help you to locate more areas to search. I will explain what the key component to finding places is in a moment. It is the reason why I never have a problem locating areas to search.
I have so many new places to metal detect that I have not had the time to get to all of them. That’s because the key to having places to detect is in researching the areas you live in.
My research of new detecting sites is an ongoing pursuit. I have a large database of places to search, and I am always adding more. The key to locating good metal-detecting sites is research. You have to spend time doing the research. The problem with that is most people are lazy.
Let’s face it.
Would we rather be detecting/treasure hunting, or researching?
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I am no different. I used to put off researching. However, fortunately, now I can afford to lay aside research unless a new treasure story presents itself. That’s because I have a bank full of (not money) metal-detecting sites waiting for me.
So how do I find all of these places to detect?
I read old and new history books. I visit historical societies, libraries, and even archives, and I ask lots of questions.
I talk to the older people who live in the areas I want to research.
I ask them questions like these:
Where were the swimming holes when you were younger? Where did you play? Do you know of any old ball fields or parks? Where did you and your family picnic? Did you hunt? If so, do you remember seeing any cellar holes while doing so?
If you continually research for areas to detect, you could very easily end up with more than nine metal detecting sites to search.
Asking the above questions has helped me to find many areas that others have missed.
Try it, don’t be shy. Many of the old-timers love to talk about their past.
If you haven’t tried metal detecting around the old one-room schools from the 1800s and early 1900s, then you are missing lots of fun.
Many of these old schools are no longer standing, so you need to search for clues of where the old schools once stood.
Look for old, broken, pieces of pottery lying on the ground, old bottles, and of course, the old ink wells that were often used. Most of these items were just tossed away.
The old schools are difficult to find but that doesn’t mean you can’t locate them.
Try using an old topographical map to locate them.
The old churches were often used as meeting places for picnics and social gatherings, as well as for church services.
Like the old schools, many of the old churches are gone. However, if you put the effort into researching where they once stood, you’ll be rewarded with many great finds. And again, use an old topo to locate them.
Old Swimming Holes
If you locate an old picnic grove, then you may also have an old swimming hole nearby.
Similarly, if you locate an old swimming hole, that means an old picnic grove could be close by. The two go hand in hand.
Years ago families, friends, and church groups got together to picnic and swim, and many of the old picnic groves had a stream or creek nearby.
Many towns held revival meetings. If you can locate where those areas are, you will have a great time finding old coins and jewelry.
A friend found more than two-thousand silver crosses in an old Revival Meeting area.
Boy Scout Camps
I have found hundreds of old coins, old boy scout knives, buttons, and more at various Boy Scout camps.
At one camp, in particular, I found more than one hundred Mercury dimes.
Don’t pass up the opportunity to locate the Boy Scout camps that were in existence a hundred years ago or longer.
Old Horse Racetracks
Another fellow I know concentrates on locating the old horse racetracks from one hundred fifty years ago.
He puts a lot of time and effort into searching for these tracks, but it pays off because he has found many Seated and Barber coins.
Do you live in an area near fire towers?
When we were kids we used to climb the fire towers and when we got to the top, we would throw coins down onto the ground below. Just think of how many others threw coins from those towers.
Old Fort Sites
If you research old forts from the French & Indian and Revolutionary Wars you can have a grand time metal detecting around those areas.
I have detected some old forts that are now on farmlands and found old British Copper coins, uniform buttons, knives, buckles, musket balls, and more.
Don’t forget the old battlegrounds from those wars mentioned above.
Again, you need to do some research to locate where the battles were fought, but that research can pay off with great finds time and time again.
But you need to be careful. Some of these nine metal detecting sites may be on State land. If so, pay attention to any law that prohibits metal detecting on them.
If you plan to search for treasure on private property it's always a good idea to ask for permission from the property owners.
Will you be going on to State or Federal Lands?
Here's What Happens If You Break The Federal Law
You can get arrested for breaking the above law. It does happen. I have listed a few of the incidents of people who have unknowingly broken the Antiquities law at the link below. Be careful!
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