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A Guide to Treasure in Virginia and West Virginia
This book is available in digital format only. Excerpt from 'A Guide to Treasure in Virginia and West Virginia'
An occasional mention is made in history books of a ship's sinking with a valuable cargo, a train or bank robbery, thus research into written history is the in major key in obtaining hard historical facts. It is advisable to check all available sources of information before planning a treasure hunt. County and state records, old newspapers, historical societies, government census, senior citizens, surveyors and geologists reports are all invaluable aids in authenticating a treasure or relic site. Regardless, to what extent the efforts may be in research, there will always be a doubt until the treasure is actually found. Remember, it is the persevering hunter that is the most successful. I have followed a precedent of differentiating between metal detector sites and treasure locations. Treasure locations - This is where a lost mine, or mines, lost, buried, sunken or hidden treasure has been documented or authenticated, as close to the truth as research and history will allow. Metal detector sites - Relic hunting sites only. Ghost towns or near ghost are communities that have completely or almost completely disappeared. They are not included in the latest census and are not shown on current maps. Other locations are military or civilian trading posts, battlegrounds, old forts, cabin sites and camp grounds. A treasure hunter may find a few coins or jewelry at these sites, but the primary reason for searching is to find historical relics.