Our next meeting is Friday March 21st at 8 PM. Doors open at 7 PM for members to chat and fill the Finds table.
February Table Finds have been posted.
Help build our treasury. It's always time to bring in our "not so wonderful finds" to the scrap metal collection to be cashed in. Bring brass, aluminum, copper and lead in any quanity.
Registration Open Yearly Club Hunt Milton MA Sunday April 27th
Registration Forms Wareham Saturday May 3
Gateway Treasure Hunters Annual Club Hunt
Our speaker in February was Rachel Lovett, the Executive Director of the Hanover Historical Society.
After an illustrated presentation talk "Cheers: A Dig of an Early Tavern in Hanover Massachusetts", she shared with us some of the many artifacts recovered from a 2008 dig at the grounds; including pottery, nails and pewter items thought to be used when the building was used as a tavern.
Stetson House is an American colonial style historic house at Hanover Street in Hanover, Massachusetts. It was built in 1716 by Samuel "Drummer" Stetson and lived in for at least a hundred years. In its early years before Hanover's first church was built, people would sometimes use the house for prayer.
Our November speakerwas Paul Caranci, a third generation resident of North Providence and a student of history for many years. With photos and stories of the development of the area he presented to us the possibility of many historic finds near the mills and along the rivers flowing through the area.
Paul related the history of the major residents and leaders who built their homes and contributed to the town a history of service to their country; supplying goods and materials for the revolutionary war; and very important developments in factory safety methods and the new concept of "insurance" for business.
North Providence was also the sparking point of the Industrial Revolution—native sons and industrialists Samuel Slater and Zachariah Allen reinvented the cotton industry and altered the course of the nation.
Paul Caranci is a third-generation resident of North Providence and has been a student of municipal and state history for many years. Many times a published author, you can learn more about Paul at his website.
October's meeting included a presentation by Don Corey of the Bedford Historical society. Don's narrative included stories from the revolutionary war including the facts surrounding the oldest flag carried into battle in April 1775 as the Bedford militia and Minute Men arrived at the Old North Bridge to join the Battle in Concord.
Don brought a display of Native American artifacts including numerous arrowheads and stone implements some identified as being 6000 years old. These were found in the area that is now the town of Bedford MA.
Don reviewed the town's history and development including the buildings; historic areas and the roads and railroads connecting the town for commerce and trade. His slides included many of Bedford's structures, landmarks, home and businesses over time. Of most interest to us detectorists were the finds of the oldest artifacts discovered on the village center including keys, buckles, bullets and a cannonball.
Lee Swanson, curator and archivist of the Sudbury historical society visited us and gave a very interesting and fact filled presentation in May.
At the start of the revolution, large contingent of Sudbury men quickly heeded the call to arms and marched to Concord’s aid.
Lee outlined with interesting detail Sudbury’s long history including the known tale of the fate of Babe Ruth’s piano; with accounts of How’s tavern now known as the Wayside Inn and the colorful history of the highwaymen who used the term “Stand and Deliver” as they robbed those who traveled the nearby roads.
Ezekiel How was among the militia commanders who led Sudbury forces to Concord. After visiting the lodging place in 1862, American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was inspired to write Tales of a Wayside Inn.
Lee discussed the historical need for preservation of artifacts and property left behind by Sudbury settlers, farmers, and industrialists including Henry Ford.
Lee related the discovery of many items from the history of Sudbury and the need to find and preserve those that are discovered in the future.
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