Some Treasure Tales are Detailed, Others are Not
Every state of the Union has its own unique list of lost treasure tales and New York and New Jersey are no exceptions. And, while some of these lost treasure legends can be quite extensive in terms of details (names, places, players, etc.), others offer only the barest of potential treasure leads.
The latter provides the mill grist for the following list of buried treasures in New York and New Jersey. I make no claims about the veracity of these legends (NOTE: further research is both warranted and needed here):
1) There are numerous tales of pirate treasure troves (including one or two belonging to the notorious Captain Kidd) buried along coastal areas at Gardiner's Island, near Manhattan in or close to the East River, the Hudson River, and the New York harbor district. Additionally, Long Island beaches would be a good place to search for coins of the pirate era after large storms have chewed up the sand and uncovered new items.
2) An early resident of Grand Island, New York (near Lake Erie) is said to have buried a large fortune in gold and silver coin somewhere in the area.
3) A gang of criminals buried a number of caches of stolen loot in the Montezuma Swamp area near Seneca Falls.
4) Numerous old coins have been recovered by treasure hunters using metal detectors along the western shore of Lake Champlain. A pre-Colonial or Revolutionary War treasure trove (or troves) may exist nearby or in the water itself.
5) A large treasure trove was supposedly buried at or near the site of the historical Jeffery Amherst Fort in Essex County.
1) There are legends of numerous buried treasure troves in the state's pine barrens. Two large caches involving loot stolen by criminals are said to be buried in 2 separate locations, one near Colt's Neck and the other near Farmingdale, both in Monmouth County.
2) New Jersey's extensive shoreline areas are the basis for many buried pirate treasure legends. There may be truth to this premise as many old Spanish and English (and American) coins have been recovered in these areas, particularly after large storms combined with extremely high tides have exposed new treasure material. Beaches near Asbury Park, Stone Harbor, and Beach Haven have been the most productive in this regard.
3) A number of pirate treasure caches may be buried near Cape May and Perth Amboy.
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There you are. If you have some extra time on your hands, why not get online or scoot down to your local library and see if you can track one of these treasure troves down. Who knows? You may hit something good that others have missed.
Good hunting out there!
If you liked this post, you may want to read: "Fort Dodge Treasure a Myth?"
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