Treasure Hunting in Massachusetts

Treasure hunting in Massachusetts has the potential for reward. If you have ever dreamed of treasure hunting in Massachusetts, the opportunity of doing so is available. The State is known for some exciting stories about treasures hidden there. Below, I've listed a few stories about treasures in Massachusetts.

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.

If you are going treasure hunting in Massachusetts, use a reliable metal detector. 

When searching for treasure in Massachusetts use a reliable metal detector.

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.

Treasure Hunting in Massachusetts Research Ideas

The best way to get a lead on Massachusetts 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. I’ve used them extensively for many years.

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. Some treasure hunters 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 Massachusetts; 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.

Treasure Hunting in Massachusetts Can Be an Adventure

Here are possible treasures in Massachusetts.

There are many stories of the pirate Captain Kidd caching treasures in Massachusetts. This next story states that a black slave helped Captain Kidd bury a treasure at Devils Den near Wilmington. Apparently, the treasure was so heavy that it needed to be carried by a horse and wagon. After the slave buried the treasure Kidd killed the slave and tossed his body into a shallow grave. The remains of the bones or the treasure have not been recovered.

Here is another story.

During the days of Prohibition rum-runners used to move illegal liquor on waterways by using speedboats. A speedboat named Flit was one such boat. In 1923, the Flit sank off the shore of No Man’s Island. The crew managed to save $75,000 in gold coins they were going to use to buy whiskey. They buried the coins on the north side of the island. The coins were inside jars. The crew returned to the mainland in hopes to return to the island to retrieve the coins after a federal investigation of the accident was finished. But for some reason, they never did return.

Here are a few more buried treasures in Massachusetts.

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

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