This was the first hunt at a site that was supposedly a stagecoach inn between 1790 and 1850 in South-Central Kentucky. It was well positioned between the Kentucky river and more populated areas along a now-defunct route for wagons and stagecoaches. The owners were wonderful folks, offering me generous access and incredible hospitality. I love it when detecting trips result in new friends - genuinely interested in the history of their property.
But I approached it with little precise knowledge. The 1960s aerial image was fuzzy and the 1870s map was vague. So I began digging some nails to try to date the site. Within 15 minutes, I pulled several hand-wrought nails where the servant’s quarters supposedly stood. That puts the date right in the middle of the estimate. But the nails were scattered widely, only vague patterns emerged and I never really located things that well. An older barn was rather obvious – an impenetrable blanket of iron – even with the best E-trac Two-Tone Ferrous with 6″ coil approach. Live dig videos will be online soon on my Youtube channel!
In my follow up, I located what I think is an old beer or whisky tap near the ubiquitous harmonica reed. The tap is pictured below – working on identification!
Push Key Padlock – gave to homeowner
Unusual large tag marked #92 – attached to old rusty chain that crumbled…
1826 Large Cent – As Dug – my oldest coin to date – was in the hole with a hand-wrought nail.
Brass item – some kind of valve wrench or tap? Whisky barrel tool?
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Scott Clark has been detecting since aged 15, researching historical sites, participating in archaeological surveys and enjoying the physical, social and intellectual benefits of the hobby.