By Jim Vokes NY
A few years ago, using 1860's maps, obtained from Jerry’s Treasure Den in Syracuse, I found an old, out of the way house site, which is now a cornfield. I hadn't had a chance to detect it when I heard from my buddy Chuck that he was going to be in Caledonia on a club hunt at the local old fairgrounds the following weekend.
Come Saturday, which turned out to be a beautiful summer day, I decided to stop over to the fairgrounds and see if Chuck and his group had found any coins. I know from experience that 1800s coins are there. Well, as luck would have it they were just finishing up. For the dozen or so folks, they had a silver dime and some newer stuff to show for their efforts but everyone was in a good mood just being outdoors with good friends.
I suggested to Chuck that perhaps we could try this "Virgin" site I had located. Chuck as usual was ready to go! It so happened that I had gone to high school with the landowner so that permission was no problem.
Sooooo, Chuck loaded his green machine into my 4-wheel truck and off we went. We traveled about a mile out of town and turned into quiet laneway thru a little swamp. The swamp ended and we started up a hill to the field when suddenly, gliding around a slight curve, there stood a pick up parked facing toward us in the brushy farm lane.
Oh! Oh! We both thought the same time; this might be a lover's nest. No sooner had we thought that when from the pickup bed, up popped the head and bare shoulders of a very cute girl looking very startled.
With my biggest smile, I hollered 'HI!" and asked if she was so & so's daughter. She answered, "Yes!" So I said we were going up the hill to metal detect the old cornfield and continued on.
I can't remember if we found anything of value that day but as we were driving away, Chuck said:
Jim, I will never doubt you again. When you say a "Virgin" site,
you definitely mean a