Friday, April 29, 2011

Metal Detecting in South Carolina - 7 Places to Search

Being from South Carolina, I almost feel an obligation to publish this interesting article from Frank Pandozzi. Frank is a highly experienced detectorist, and you can trust that he has done his research. South Carolina, of course, was the site of the first shot of the Civil War, and was a pivotal state in the Revolutionary War. The number of relics and coins still buried in South Carolina is enormous.
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South Carolina has hidden treasure to be found. You can locate these treasures. But before you begin your search, there are a few things you need to do.

The first thing you should do is research the treasures I have listed in this article. Take the information I have given to you and research further. Use the Internet, historical societies, and the archives. "Knowledge is power." Especially when you are searching for a lost treasure. Professional treasure hunters never attempt to search out a treasure until they have enough information. Sometimes the research takes more time than the actual search.

The second thing you need to do is to purchase a metal detector. Do not spend a lot of money. A quality, new, metal detector can be purchased for between $350 - $450. You don't need a detector with all of the bells and whistles either. Once you learn how to use a less expensive model, then you should move up to the more expensive detectors. Read the owners manual as well as practicing using your metal detector. By doing so you will become proficient at locating items.

Here are seven areas to begin your search for lost treasures in South Carolina.

Drayton Hall - located on the Ashley River, near the intersection of routes 57 and 61. This colonial plantation was built in 1738, and later occupied by the British during the Revolutionary War. Supposedly, a few buried treasures are in the area.

Hunt's Bluff - located on the Great Pee Wee River near route 57, approximately five miles west of Blenheim. During the Revolutionary War, a large barge carrying military supplies for the British troops, overturned near this spot on the river. A military payroll may have been part of the supplies.

North Island - located in Winyah Bay. In 1781, a group of Tory raiders buried a large amount of their stolen loot in different areas. Much of the buried treasure is gold and silver. Before they could get back to the treasure, the Tories were caught and killed. Over the years, some of the treasure has been
recovered by treasure hunters.


Mulberry Plantation - located on the Cooper River, approximately thirty miles north of Charleston. In 1715, during the Yamasee War, a band of renegade Indians buried a large treasure of gold coins and jewelry in the area.

Fort Carey - located on the Wateree River, just south of Camden where the I-20 bridge crosses the river. During construction of the newer bridge, workers found artifacts and coins along the river bank. The coins may have been a part of a buried treasure. Many soldiers would bury their personal belongings for safekeeping.

The Williamson Plantation - located on route 322, approximately four miles east of McConnel. In July of 1780, the Patriots attacked and killed the ruthless Tory Captain Huck, and his raiders. Over a period of five years, the raiders accumulated a large amount of plunder. They supposedly buried it in the area.

Congaree River - located in this river near Columbia is a massive amount of cannons, rifles, muskets, ammunition, and more than one million musket balls. The supplies were thrown into the river by General William T. Sherman after he captured Columbia. He did not want the supplies to fall back into the hands of the Confederates. These relics are treasures worth in the millions.

It is important that you always ask for permission when entering private property. If you are going on to State or Federal Land, in search for lost treasure, be sure to check with your State laws about any digging.
Good luck in your search for hidden treasure.

© Frank W. Pandozzi
Frank W. Pandozzi is an author, TV Producer of Exploring Historys Treasures TV series, and a popular treasure hunter. He began his treasure hunting days thirty years ago. To learn more about Frank, please visit him at his website http://www.metal-detecting-ghost-towns-of-the-east.com

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