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A Day at the Inn – Detecting the Site of a Stagecoach Inn in KY

folk-art-rest-detectorThis 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.

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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

Push Key Padlock – gave to homeowner

Unusual large tag marked #92 - attached to old rusty chain that crumbled...

Unusual large tag marked #92 – attached to old rusty chain that crumbled…

1826 Large Cent - As Dug

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?

Brass item – some kind of valve wrench or tap? Whisky barrel tool?

 

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