Treasure Hunting in Maine

Treasure hunting in Maine has the potential for reward. If you have ever dreamed of treasure hunting in Maine, the opportunity of doing so is available. The State is known for some exciting stories about treasures hidden there.

Searching for these treasures and possibly locating one is more likely to happen if you follow some treasure-hunting guidelines. It would help if you first did the appropriate research regarding the treasure you want to search for before you start looking. 

Many stories of lost and buried treasures are myths. Storytellers and writers have passed the tales down through generations. And unfortunately, during that time, the stories have changed.  Sometimes the stories are changed on purpose with the intent to throw off any would-be treasure hunters. Other times, storytellers or writers inadvertently change a word, a sentence, or a paragraph within the story. Doing so completely changes the idea of where the treasure is possibly located. This is a good reason why before you begin your physical search for a treasure, it’s wise that you research the story first. Otherwise, you'll likely end up chasing the fictional pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Treasure Hunting in Maine Research Ideas

Find treasure in Maine with a metal detector.

The best way to get a lead on Maine treasures 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 studying old newspapers.

An example would be to search in old newspaper archives and look for stories about bank robberies. Then, if you find such a story, research further to see if the money was ever recovered.  I know individuals that concentrate on old-time bank robberies where the outlaws were killed, and the money was known to be hidden. These enterprising treasure hunters have located stolen bank loot from the 1800s cached beneath bridges, inside what are now old cellar holes, and abandoned buildings.

Modern-day thieves are hiding their stolen loot as well. I know treasure hunters that concentrate on this type of treasure. They search for stolen cash and valuables in areas where the treasure trove laws have expired. If this type of treasure hunting is what you want to attempt, be careful of those laws. There have been times when treasure hunters found hidden treasures but had to relinquish them because of a treasure trove law.

In addition, when you're looking through old newspapers or reading books about the history of your area, pay attention to stories about misers or hermits that lived alone. There have been times when they died, leaving behind hidden cash and valuables. If there were no living family members, then those hidden treasures would remain untouched. That is until the property was sold and the new owners decided to remodel, and luck being theirs, they uncovered the cache.

Often, the property of the hermit remains unsold and deteriorates throughout the years to the point that the city, town, or village needs to clear it away. So the hidden treasure remains, especially if it's outside the property. Yes, then treasure hunters that did their research uncover those caches.

Read old magazines and books about Maine; they often told stories about the state's hidden treasures. You can still find some of those issues in used bookstores.

Do you know older people 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 by engaging them in a conversation.

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Treasure Hunting in Maine Can Be an Adventure

Here are possible treasures in Maine.

Here is a buried story that has been circulating for years.

Some fellows that were fishing near Manana Island stopped there for lunch. While there, one of the fishermen found a rusted pot. When he looked inside, he was surprised to see that it was stuffed full of gold and silver coins. He never told his pals what he found and then hid the gold and silver coins near where he found them, intending to return to the spot and remove his cache. But when he returned to retrieve the treasure, he was unable to find where he hid them.

Captain Kidd the pirate supposedly buried a treasure at Kidds Cave on Squirrel Island. The island was used often as a stopping ground for the pirate. The cave was said to have been located on the east end of the island.

Having a reliable metal detector when searching is a good idea. It does not have to be expensive. If you're thinking of purchasing your first detector don't buy one with all the bells and whistles. The expensive models' learning curve is much steeper than the lower-priced detectors.

Many metal detectors today, priced at between $300 - $450, offer everything you need to search for most treasures.

Here are a few more buried treasures in Maine.

Buried Treasure Books

Know What The Laws Are

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!

People are getting arrested for breaking these laws.

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