Priorities, Priorities…

The following is just a little food for thought….

Hope your weekend is a good one and  in case you didn’t know today is National Puppy Day!! 

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While perusing Facebook I came across a link to an article titled “Manhattan’s Last Farmhouse” by Mary Frances Knapp. I found it a fascinating read and just another reminder that saving history is so very important. I especially loved the following paragraph:

“They brought back all of their family’s original furnishings, turning their abode into a museum about Dutch colonialists, and even recruited a group of self-proclaimed “relic hunters” in New York to unearth everything from fossilised pig teeth, pottery, and dice made out of bullets from the yard.”

Seems even back then, despite the recoveries, we were not acknowledged or thought well of. Yup, praise and admonishment at the same time.

Manhattan’s Last Farmhouse should also be a reminder of how precarious our pastime is. We are seeing parks closed, detrimental laws/ordinances being passed and doing absolutely nothing about it. Then again knocking out YouTube videos and podcasts are so much more important….


Well Lookie, lookie…

….another “be sure to tune in next week” show for the gullible.

The Curse of Civil War Gold.  

The History channel needs to change its name to the “Easy Mark” network



For those of you who get tired of my off the cuff ramblings I added a new link at the top called “Useful Stuff”. Hope the info there helps in some way to make you a better detectorist.










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8 responses to “Priorities, Priorities…

  1. Paul Southerland

    While out in Arizona last month I spent part of a day with Gary Stout in Wickenburg. He texted me yesterday to drop by when I’m back out there in April and go out to one of his claims. Dick, is he your nephew?

  2. DougF

    Hey, Dick – Speaking of Civil War gold, a couple years ago Jack Meyers posted here about his book “Knights’ Gold” which deals with that subject. I bought a copy (Kindle version) and loved it. Meticulous research about a cache of 3,000+ gold coins (pre-1856) found in Baltimore in 1934. Mr. Meyers makes a good case that the coins were from a secret Confederate organization. If anyone buys a copy, get the hard copy. The illustrations don’t show up well in the Kindle version. I am surprised one of cable channels hasn’t done a show on his research. It would be much better than these drawn-out, nothing-found shows. I highly recommend the book.

  3. DougF

    That’s the one. Lots of history in the book – Baltimore was a hotbed of southern sympathizers in those days.

  4. Tony

    Cool story, I hope those young sleuths got to keep the Cash!

  5. Very interesting stuff, Dick. Doing a favor for folks and getting dissed at the onset…”propaganda”, it’s what’s for lunch! I got to get a hold of that book Doug was talking about. One of my major faults is being a major consumer of books in all forms…there is a used bookstore north of me in New Smyrna beach and I cannot pass it by en-route somewhere else…just bought a hardcover on sale for $10 at the “NEW BOOKS” bookstore. Built an entire library of tomes for my kids in later life…you can guess what dumpster that will be in when I pass.Good stuff all around Dick…I think this may be one of my favorite Stout Posts!

    • Thanks Jim… I understand the book thing trust me. I will for sure die before I read the ones I have now and I keep buying them. If I find a great author I just look for the rest of his/her books. Good deals to be had on used books as well. Unfortunately most tekkies don’t like to read. Of that I’m positive.

      Will order Knights Gold and give it a read….

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