Research Delivered to Your Door
Researching potential search sites doesn't necessarily have to entail long nights at
the library and tedious travels through microfilm and tapes. Hot tips are often as close as your mailbox. The local paper
routinely has leads that are worth your time to check out and verify. The following headlines appeared over recent weeks in
the Bridgeport Post:
Park Proposed for Derby Site By Rte. 34".
"City To Create Stowe Beach Access"
"Unearthing Easton's History"
"Water Authority To Sell Parcels"
It turns out that
the "Industrial Park" borders a 17th century ( yes 1600's) farm. The "Stowe Beach" borders a turn
of the century amusement park. "Easton's History" hints of numerous mills in the Easton area but also contains
a not well veiled notation that the local "archeologist" has no use for pot hunters, bottle diggers and, heaven
forbid ,the evil metal detectorist. In this case just turn the page and enjoy Mallard Fillmore. "Water Authority"
indicates that land for years off limits to the public may soon have public access. What went on on these lands? In my day
kids swam and fished these forbidden areas. The "old timers" snuck there trap lines in there. Jack and Jill went
up the hill and oft forgot that pail of water . What's in there? Trade the reading lamp for your detector and go find
The newspaper is often subtle in its hints
to the location of buried treasure. Look for hidden clues like, "Grove St. to be repaved". "Park Ave. to see
three new homes". "Land trust considers 100 acre land purchase". "Historic district to reduce its scope".
"River draw down scheduled for next week". Read the paper, read between the lines, make notes, take a ride, ask
questions. SHARE WITH THE GROUP.
The key to
a successful club is the location of productive sites upon which we are welcome and from which we can return items of historical
importance to the community. Want that EXTRA EXTRA Barber Quarter? Learn to READ ALL ABOUT IT.
(Thanks to Don Mayers for submitting this item.)
Here are some useful web sites to assist with
your research efforts.
A Complete Guide For Beginners
Artifacts & Relics Photo Galleries
Crotal Bells - UK Detector Finds Database
Deep Search Metal Detecting Club Research Links Page
Forgotten NY : Vancortlandt
Historic Maps Restored
Metal Detecting History and How To's
Metal Detecting World
Our History Project - Relic Round-UP Live Webcast