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Treasure Hunting in Connecticut

Treasure hunting in Connecticut. Has the thought ever crossed your mind? If so, you’re not alone.

The stories about Connecticut and its possibilities for finding pirate treasure, buried silver and gold coins have been documented for years. But be careful, some of these stories are myths. They’ve been passed down by storytellers and writers through generations.

Treasures have been found in Connecticut. And many more exist there. But before the smart treasure hunters ever set foot on a piece of property to search, they have first done their research. It’s non-sense to read a story about a treasure and use only that information to set out searching for it. Many of the stories you read about are full of inconsistencies. It’s the reason why it’s important to research every story before you head out to search an area.

Ideas for Research

The best way to get a lead on lost treasures in Connecticut is by visiting local historical societies. Many times, they will have old newspapers archived on microfiche film. You can scan through the film and look for any stories that may pertain to a treasure. I know a few treasure hunters that have found treasures by scanning the old newspapers.

An example would be to search in the old newspaper archives and to look for stories about a hermit or a miser dying. Often, that person would hide their money. The old newspapers printed articles like the above situations.

In addition, ask the historian who works at the historical society if they know of any stories about local treasures. Asking questions is the best way to get started in your search.

Read old magazines and books about Connecticut; they often told stories about treasures hidden in the State. You can still find some of those issues in used bookstores or at flea markets, estate sales, and auctions.

Do you know older persons in a small town or village? They know everything that has gone on for years. They love to talk about the past. You may be surprised at what you learn.

It’s also a good idea to have a reliable metal detector when searching. 

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Treasure Hunting in Connecticut Can Be an Adventure

Litchfield, during the Revolutionary War, was a meeting place and military depot of the Continental Army. Although there were no battles fought there important military papers and payroll may have been hidden somewhere in the area. A lot more research is needed for this one.

Farmington was destroyed many times during the French & Indian and Revolutionary Wars. When the inhabitants heard of impending attacks, many hid their valuable possessions for safekeeping. Unfortunately, many were killed, and their possessions never recovered.

The Thames River beaches at its mouth at Long Island Sound has many many shipwrecks that occurred during the 18th and 19th centuries. Artifacts and old coins from the wrecks have washed onto its shores over the years.

Here are a few more buried treasures in Connecticut. 

If you’re going to be treasure hunting in Connecticut on public land, then be aware of the Federal law regarding removing items from State or Federal properties.

Yes, we do have ghost towns here in the east, and treasure hunting in Connecticut ghost towns can be a lot of fun.

Buried Treasure Books

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