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Old 04-25-2022, 07:03 AM
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Default 1740s Farm Hunt in Rhode Island

May 21st, info here: https://dirtfishingadventures.com/upcoming-events

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Old 05-01-2022, 10:11 AM
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Any word on the hunt yesterday in Richmond? Any good finds?

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Old 05-02-2022, 07:11 PM
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Any word on the hunt yesterday in Richmond? Any good finds?
I would be interested to hear the results as well, sounded like a promising spot!

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Old 05-03-2022, 10:33 PM
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Yup, I missed the boat on that hunt. Sold out before I got around to buying a ticket. I will be going to the May 21st hunt in Coventry, though. Should be fun.

I checked the RI Relics FB page and nothing posted there regarding the Richmond hunt. You would think that someone found something decent and posted it somewhere! They sold 60 tickets, so that's a lot of holes dug! Need some info on that hunt, guys!

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Old 05-04-2022, 03:06 PM
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Great questions!

I'm the guy behind Dirt Fishing Adventures so I can partially answer your questions.

The field dated to 1680 and was tough in that it contained a lot of iron and was hard on the less experienced hunters. I only got on it for about an hour myself but certainly dug my share of nails. That being the case, I can tell you what finds people made me aware of.

The oldest coin was a French 1 Liard (1655-58)

There was a William & Mary half-penny (1689-1694)

A William III half-penny (1694-1702)

A few KGii's and KGIII's came out of the ground as well.

There were a number of beat to death farm field coppers that may or may not have been British in nature and a couple of crusty US coppers.

There wasn't much silver, but I was shown a Seated Half-Dime, a Barber quarter, and some Roosies and a shield nickel.


There were flat buttons from the 1800's and 1700's and a "U" button from the 1600's that Stefdigs identified for us.

Speaking of which, we had Quarter Hoarder and Dog Tag Doug there as well as Stefdigs of YouTube fame. We had a few smaller channels there as well such as Wicked Digger, Maine Dirt Sweepahs, and a few others.

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Old 05-06-2022, 11:00 AM
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Thanks for the update. Sounds like it was a big success!

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Quarter Hoarder was at the hunt and here's his video from it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0LOyBEhODk&t=141s

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People really paying 80 bucks to hunt an old farm? Is there something else included for that 80 bucks?
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Old 05-14-2022, 04:25 AM
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Their last event sold out at $90 a shot. Well worth the price if you find a 1652 tree shilling or maybe a 1700's silver shoe buckle. Rhode Island is loaded with colonial era coins and relics. Most public spots have been detected to death, so it's worth the price to be able to hunt over 100 acres of private property that's virgin ground. I may not find jack squat, but you never know...

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Brian, if you could ever use an extra hand for any event in the future, let me know! I would donate a few hours free of charge. I also had a few idea's that I would like to bounce off of you. I hope to make one of your hunts in the future, the last one looked like a blast!

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People really paying 80 bucks to hunt an old farm? Is there something else included for that 80 bucks?
Yes tpmetal, people pay $80 and a lot more depending on the venue.


Since you asked, the $80 entry gets the purchaser access to 120+ acres of a VIRGIN farm with history back to at least 1741. Very sketchy info puts it back to the 1680's but I'm quite sure on the 1741 minimum date. The property also had a school on it from at least 1851 to 1938, how much earlier or later is unclear.

The land has been in the same family since the 1950s and has never been detected, not even by the one guy with permission to do so, me.

Also included is coffee, water, snacks, raffles, a seeded area, and swag bags for the first 25 who bought tickets, and a port a potty.

You also get to meet Stefdigs and possibly be in her video of the hunt. At our last hunt in Richmond, RI videos of the hunt were made by Quarter Hoarder, Stefdigs, and Wickid Digger and plenty of participants ended up in those videos which is fun.


Then there is the camaraderie that comes along with a group hunt and the chance to meet others in the hobby and make new friends.

Not everyone likes group hunts, but plenty of people do.

For instance, B.O.N.E. charges $100-$150/day for a natural hunt or $400 for 5 days.

Digstock's next event is $175 for the day with a t-shirt and lunch.

And Nugget Noggin's event a couple of weeks ago was $397 for a one day seeded hunt.

I may be bias, but I think $80 for this hunt is pretty reasonable.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to reach out to me at Brian@DirtFishingAdventures.com.

And yes, tickets are still available!

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Originally Posted by Silver_Seeker View post
Yes tpmetal, people pay $80 and a lot more depending on the venue.


Since you asked, the $80 entry gets the purchaser access to 120+ acres of a VIRGIN farm with history back to at least 1741. Very sketchy info puts it back to the 1680's but I'm quite sure on the 1741 minimum date. The property also had a school on it from at least 1851 to 1938, how much earlier or later is unclear.

The land has been in the same family since the 1950s and has never been detected, not even by the one guy with permission to do so, me.

Also included is coffee, water, snacks, raffles, a seeded area, and swag bags for the first 25 who bought tickets, and a port a potty.

You also get to meet Stefdigs and possibly be in her video of the hunt. At our last hunt in Richmond, RI videos of the hunt were made by Quarter Hoarder, Stefdigs, and Wickid Digger and plenty of participants ended up in those videos which is fun.


Then there is the camaraderie that comes along with a group hunt and the chance to meet others in the hobby and make new friends.

Not everyone likes group hunts, but plenty of people do.

For instance, B.O.N.E. charges $100-$150/day for a natural hunt or $400 for 5 days.

Digstock's next event is $175 for the day with a t-shirt and lunch.

And Nugget Noggin's event a couple of weeks ago was $397 for a one day seeded hunt.

I may be bias, but I think $80 for this hunt is pretty reasonable.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to reach out to me at Brian@DirtFishingAdventures.com.

And yes, tickets are still available!
Interesting. Guess I should get out into civilization more often.
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Old 05-17-2022, 11:58 AM
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Interesting. Guess I should get out into civilization more often.
It all depends on whether or not you like civilization!

Like I said though, group hunts aren't for everyone.

Plenty of people enjoy the solitude of being out there with their machine, but a group hunt can be a lot of fun. And when the owner of a nice property is offered a good chunk of money to let people detect their land, it certainly helps with gaining permission.

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It all depends on whether or not you like civilization!

Like I said though, group hunts aren't for everyone.

Plenty of people enjoy the solitude of being out there with their machine, but a group hunt can be a lot of fun. And when the owner of a nice property is offered a good chunk of money to let people detect their land, it certainly helps with gaining permission.
makes sense, I might consider doing one if it was closer. Got any planned in ny?
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Got any planned in ny?
Yeah, Lets get something going in NY. We need to dig up some Large Cents for "Tom_in_CA"

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I've got my eyes on a spot in NY but I find it a lot harder tracking people down and getting permission when you can't just drive over and introduce yourself.

About last week's hunt, to my knowledge, the following things were found.

Large cents, Flying Eagle cents, V Nickels, Buffalo nickels, a gold ring, a complete knee buckle, the interior of a shoe buckle, a Capped Bust half dollar, a Morgan dollar, a seated quarter, a Seated half-dime, and counterfeit Pine Tree Schilling as well as the usual 20th century silver.

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