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My Adventure In The Lowcountry Of South Carolina

My Adventure In The Lowcountry Of South Carolina
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​My adventure in the Lowcountry of South Carolina began with an invitation to attend the American Digger Magazine Lowcountry Civil War Show. Knowing the Civil War Show was Saturday, I thought what a perfect opportunity to visit one of my good friends who lives in that area! Just a little information about my friend… Historian, Explorer, Adventurer and Treasure Hunter! Come to think about it… that actually describes myself and 95% of my friends…lol! I give him a call and he instantly tells me he has a place for us to go! First off to just give you a little information about the Lowcountry in South Carolina. The Lowcountry is the area of South Carolina that is below the Fall Line or Sand Hills which run the width of the state. These Sand Hills were the Ancient Sea Coast…. Interesting huh? With about 30 different tribes of Native Americans dating back thousands of years and the Europeans since the 1500's the Lowcountry has a lot of history to be explored and treasure to be found! When I met up with my good friend he said he was taking me to an area first that would have had a store off of one of the well-traveled roads in the 1800's. Old maps showed the store was there from the mid-1800's to its closing in 1910. In one of the nearby fields there would have been a Confederate Civil War Encampment too! By the way for those who do not Metal Detect…. Just to let you know these areas are ideal to use your metal detector to find artifacts, signs of historical significance and treasure! We arrived at the area and I immediately grabbed my Minelab CTX 3030 metal detector out and began detecting! After a couple of hours of detecting my way through thousands of pieces iron tones and signals my Minelab CTX 3030 Metal Detector told me I had Treasure! I popped out a nice 1902 Barber Quarter with an O Mint Mark representing it was minted in New Orleans. Not super rare but the rarest of the 1902 Barber Quarters! I thought to myself….. I bet this this Quarter was lost by someone going or leaving the old store! You have to think the South was poor and the main jobs in that time and area would have been field or plantation workers which averaged about $.50 for a 12 hour day of hard work …. Good chances are whoever lost this Quarter felt it…. Financially! Just something for you to think about when you find those old coins and this is just my theory.

tMy Time was limited there, so we ventured into the nearby woods to explore. Within about 30 minutes of exploring and detecting in the woods we came across and old Indian Trail Tree! For those who do not know what an Indian Trail Tree is it is a hardwood tree usually oak or maple because of its flexibility when young that Native Americans would bend horizontally to point towards water, villages or paths. Once again these Trees are not super rare but they are rare and very cool! Sure enough about 50 yards in the direction the Indian Trail Tree was pointing there was a creek! Very well could have been a path too in between the tree and creek at one time. One sure way to identify an Indian Trail Tree from an oddly shaped tree is too look for the elbow on the point!

​As we continued to explore and wasn't really getting any good hits with our metal detectors. We were just minutes away from discovering our most significant discovery of the day! We noticed some strangely out of place plants that should not be growing wild in the middle of these woods. Upon further investigation we discovered 3 sunken impressions about 6ft to 7ft long and 3ft to 4ft wide lined up beside each other. What we had discovered was three unmarked gravesites and the dwarf palmettos and daffodils or could have been jonquils (im far from a plant expert) but these type of plants were used as decorations and markers for gravesites in the 1700's and 1800's! It's hard to see the sunken impressions in the pic below but you can definitely see the plants. I can now say these gravesites will now be documented by the State of South Carolina and no longer just a forgotten unmarked gravesite in the woods.

By this time it was getting dark and I still had about 3 hours to drive and set up camp (in the dark as usual) which is always a blast. Also to make things even better the hot water in the camper was not working! Got camp set up and went on to the Civil War Show the next day! Met up with my good friend and Sales Manager of Treasure Mountain Metal Detectors Heath Jones and set up our booth. We met a lot of Relic Hunters, Collectors, Historians and fine folks of South Carolina at the show and want to personally thank everyone who came to the Treasure Mountain Metal Detectors booth! Overall trip was great! If you ever need or have questions about buying a Metal Detector or you have property that you want explored to determine if there is any historical significance please feel free to contact me anytime. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Video Coming Soon ……

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