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Field and Far Between

In a previous entry, I wrote about a property in the southwest, NJ, area that yielded some very interesting history. That property, once the site of a mid-1700s structure and now home to an 1890s farmhouse, sits adjacent to a vast acreage of fields that are farmed from April through November. In late November, when … Continue reading »

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A 1700s Kind of Day

Unless a property stops producing, I’ll keep going back as long as I have permission to do so. So, back I went to one of my favorite spots, built in 1810. While the property is filled with debris from yesterday, there continue to be treasures hidden amongst the clutter. On this day I decided to … Continue reading »

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From Lost to Found

On a recent trip to explore the more rural parts of Southern NJ, I got lost trying to find one particular out-of-the-way colonial structure. Though I had GPS via my phone, apparently the area was so rural that even modern technology couldn’t accurately assist me in finding my way. Intent on reaching my destination nonetheless, … Continue reading »

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Detecting My Brother’s Victorian-Era Property

As my brother and his partner were house-hunting in the Northern NJ/Southern NY area, their main preference was a historic home that they could refurbish to its original grandeur in a structural sense, while fashioning it with more modern amenities and conveniences. Knowing full well that I would get exclusive access to metal detect their … Continue reading »

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More Finds at the Early 19th Century Home

It’s not often that detectorists like myself find a property that just keeps on giving. Usually we hit a property once, twice, even three times, and then it simply becomes a struggle for diminishing returns. Well, not this house. Not this property. A few hours in spots I’ve already searched yielded some fantastic goodies!

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My Oldest Coin Unearthed

This past Friday I traveled to Piermont, NY, to detect a property for which my brother had acquired permission. While my brother does not share my interest in metal detecting, he is a great advocate and supporter of mine and is equally interested to see the items that I find. Before we traveled to the … Continue reading »

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Of Birthdays and Gifts

With my birthday hovering over me, and no choice but to accept being another year removed from my youth, I could not but focus instead on all that gives me happiness. For me, it’s always first, foremost, and in very large part, my family—a wife I adore and kids that make me immensely proud. It’s … Continue reading »

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Spanish Silver!

As a seeker of old coins and relics from previous centuries, nothing screams “Pirate Treasure” like Spanish silver! I was thrilled to find this 1775 Spanish half reale. The story of this adventure was featured in Western & Eastern Treasures magazine.

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End-Winter Digs Find Religious Relics and Rare Button

It’s been a rough winter on the east coast. Too many inches of snow to count, and frozen grounds left behind from the winter chill. Finally a day came where the temps were above freezing and I managed to take advantage of the few hours I had. I had gained permission to hunt a church … Continue reading »

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The Holidays Weren’t So Giving

December started off promising. I hit some scarce diggable areas in the oldest part of my home town and found some goodies: My first dig of December just kept on giving. Wheat penny after wheat penny, followed by a 1940s Mercury dime. All the wheat pennies were from the same era as well. This was … Continue reading »

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