Saturday, November 19, 2011
Detecting Report: Salem Academy
Sadly, that field is now the site of the Salem Church cemetery, which of course we couldn't detect. As we were finishing up in the first field, a man came up to us on a gator asking "what we were looking for out there." I responded "Whatever we can find!" and told him of our quest for the school site. Jerry confirmed our suspicion that it was on the cemetery grounds, but told us that we could see the school building if we liked. It turns part of the schoolhouse was moved and used as an addition to a house on his property!
Jerry showed us some great old cart trails on his land, and allowed us to detect around one of the homes there. The house appears on the 1893 map as belonging to J. Bradshaw. Despite the amazing potential of this property, the old finds just didn't make their way under our coils today. We still had a great time enjoying the beautiful day, talking with Jerry, and seeing some more local history. Hopefully I'll have some more great finds to show you on the next trip out!