Skip to comments.Hidden Treasure in an Old Log Cabin
Posted on 09/18/2012 4:39:03 AM PDT by djone
"After nearly four decades of tearing down and restoring old log structures a Virginia man has seen a lot of history. When it came time for him and his new bride to restore one for themselves they had no idea just how much history they would uncover." ...In and and around an old cabin were Spanish coins, minnie balls, a spanish crossbow arrowhead and indian artifacts...(2 minute video)
Television is bunk!
... for your consideration. Very cool!
As I understand the relationship, Mickey had the balls, not Minnie.
The correct term is “minie ball.”.
Many archeological treasures that are not worth a lot in actual money. If he finds real treasure he should keep the news to himself, the Government has a history of stealing that.
That was true...... until they got married...............
Fascinating! Around here, I just find little plastic soldiers!
Thanks for posting. I found it fascinating.
Thanks for the post. Another example of why I love America and Americans.
Many years ago a log cabin was tore down not far from here. There chinked into the wall was an 1873 Winchester carbine in .44/40. I bought it and had it for many years till I sold it. It was completely rusted but it was an even rust all over and looked nice. It still functioned and I shot some light loads in it even though the rifling was rusted out due to mud daubers filling it.
Wonder why it was chinked into the wall of a log cabin?
A man I worked with was going through an abandoned house over in Oklahoma. There hidden in a corner of a closet he found a pistol. Meridian Arms. Wonder what story it could tell.
Very ironic that this was posted as I had just resumed doing a search on the history of our log house, which dates to 1760. We’ve found a few odd things when digging around, including a 1775 half penny, a used broom, bones, old nails, broken pottery...nothing valuable but still neat!
I found a few arrowheads, but now the US Gov’t and various Indian tribes are laying claim to all such artifacts. Screw ‘em.
Lots of history there, if you can connect any of the dots.
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Thanks momtothree. Good topic.
When I was a child, I remember my uncle had quite a collection of hollowed rocks that he’d found on my grandmother’s ranch in California. He told me that the Indians had used them to grind corn, and he turned them up with his plow. He’d just stack them along the side of the barn. I wish that I’d asked him for one at the time, but I just thought they’d be there forever. He must have had about 20 of them.
All the relatives are dead now, and the ranch was sold long ago. My cousin had one at one time, and I asked him to ship it to me if he didn’t want it anymore. But, he never did, and he’s moved to Washington State since. I doubt that he moved a rock with a hollowed out indentation in it.
I think I’ve done pretty good...originally when we went to the historical society, they laughed at us when we told them what the date of the cornerstone was until they started digging into the paperwork tied to the house, lol. I haven’t been able to find any ties to the Revolutionary War or Civil War (I believe the owner at the time was a conscientious objector to the war). The man who built the place was “Overseer of the Poor”, John Lawrence. They family squatted on the property until he died in I think it was 1786, and then in the early 1790s his son who had inherited the house up and moved to Washington County, PA. A son, Joseph Lawrence Jr., ended up becoming PA state representative in Congress, lol.
I will try and upload some pictures from when my husband was installing the heating/air in the house, he dug around in the one basement that is a crawlspace. The barn that was tied to the house was unfortunately dismantled over the weekend by the lady who owns that piece of property, but we talked to the man that was deconstructing it and brought him over into this place. He was fascinated by the stuff we had dug up, actually he thought the bones may be HUMAN...I’m not so sure? but we may try and get ahold of the local college.
Wow, G. Nice artifacts. They’ have to DNA test the bones to be sure, but an orthopedic surgeon/specialists could probably tell. Likewise a ME (medical examiner), but you don’t want to open that can of worms. LEOs would be tearing-up your place and accusing you of something heinous.
Thank you! Yes, I think you’re right...I’m worried if we showed them to someone that they would need to then investigate a “crime” that was committed possibly 250+ years ago and rip up the house in the process. I don’t know what the procedure is for that, I never really thought that they would be human bones, but I guess it’s always possible. Pretty creepy to think that they could be!!!
Just be careful. If you know a Dr personally, perhaps s/he can look-up, or suggest to you some anatomy reference books, to determine the bones’ origin. But I think it’d require a DNA test of there are only fragments remaining.
Just be careful; oh, I already said that. Can’t say it enough, or your life could be turned upside down.
Have you had personal experience with this? I literally just got an email from my husband saying he already contacted the Coroner. We do not even know if they are human and he has contacted them, so now I am worried :(
I have no direct personal experience, but if they begin an investigation and in-depth excavation, it might get our of control. I’ve heard stories where multi-million dollar construction sites have been disrupted and indefinitely shut-down for the investigation/excavation. Let’s hope they’re just animal bones...
Do you have a family attorney? If not, get one. If yes, notify him/her ASAP of what’s happening. I don’t know what the legalities of all this are, but you may have some rights and need to protect them.
I have someone in mind and am probably going to beg my husband to do this, his father died last week and was good friends with an attorney who had helped arrange and then deal with the will. When the coroner talked to my husband on the phone tonight, he said he would be out about 5:30 this evening. I am just worried IF they are human, the house will be possibly torn apart. I don’t know if that would happen, I can only guess that they would be able to obtain a search warrant to do so though? My husband didn’t think this through before contacting them and I’m just hoping it won’t bite us.
Get. An. Attorney. ASAP.
Hopefully, all are animal bones. If any are found to be human, and older from around Civil War era, you’ll have a “National Historical Site” problem on your hands. If they’re human, and even older, it could also be an excavation which would disrupt your lives. Hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, they’ll just be old animal-DNA tested bones, Gennie.
Beautiful website! I’ll follow your progress on it, but also pls keep me posted here on FR.
Great site! Thanks for posting.
If you are getting together a ping list, please put me on it.
Thank you, I will try. I actually posted some of those bone pics on the Anthropology section of Reddit, and of course...while it’s the Internet and anyone can say they are ANY occupation...there were some pretty detailed answers as to what type of human vertebrae they were :( so we’ll see!
Thank you! To be honest, I have no idea how to get a ping list together, I usually lurk on here and only occasionally post, heh.
Hi, just a quick update as we had to call and leave a message with the coroner last night. They said they’d get back to us Saturday morning, and so after not hearing anything my husband left a message on Thursday night. Guess we’ll see what they say!
Good. Document everything and keep your atty briefed on every development and step. Can you get ahold of him/her in case “things” move rapidly?
“That was true...... until they got married...............”
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