The information posted here is based on personal experiences and research of the author(s). The author(s) suggest that the reader check with local authorities before beginning a dig where there is any question regarding ownership of the site, ordinances or special restrictions regarding metal detecting or digging on public land, or removal or sale of archaeological finds.

Metal Detecting in Baldwin County Alabama

The history of Baldwin County is inseparably associated with two great Indian tribes, the Alibamos and Creeks, with three great European nations, France, Spain and England, and at different times and under peculiar circumstances, with the Americans, as friends or enemies.

Did John Willsmith Bury His Gold in Fort Payne?

Fort Payne Alabama (John Willsmith)
John Willsmith owned nearly half the town of Fort Payne in the late 1800’s. After his death in 1898, searchers were made to find the $100,000 in gold he was known to have accumulated, but all failed. It is believed to remain buried on one of many pieces of property Willsmith owned in the area.


Ghost towns in Alabama are a popular subject for more reasons than you may think. For instance, it is often required that we survey an abandoned property or ghost town in order to recreate a past event in order to help determine if the event could have actually occured as described in old newspaper articles or testimony of witnesses.

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Helena Alabama

Helena Alabama
Helena  is a city in Jefferson and Shelby counties. Helena is considered a suburb of Birmingham and part of the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,793. Civil War in Helena Alabama
The onset of the Civil War brought the need for the South to increase its manufacturing production and develop new industries. Coal and iron ore mines were dug throughout this area and the construction of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad provided new transportation connections.

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Metal Detecting in Alabama Introduction

Metal Detecting in Alabama Introduction
by the author, Terry W. Platt

I found my first buried treasure when I was eight years old. It was in the surf at Dauphin Island, Alabama and although I could not see it with my eyes, my feet followed the outline of a rectangular object while my mind showed me a treasure chest full of gold and jewels. I called for my father to help and the poor man came running down the beach as fast as he could. Out of breath from running to my rescue, he did help me recover the treasure – a barnacle encrusted concrete block. Over the years I have recovered a few items by chance but they are insignificant when compared to the treasure finds I have found myself or been witness to.


Union Springs Alabama

Union Springs, a small historic town, is the county seat of Bullock County. Located in southeast Alabama, it is less than an hour’s drive from several destination cities, including Montgomery, Auburn, Troy, and Eufaula.

Bluffton Alabama

Bluffton’s ore fields did not meet the expectations of their investors and higher grade iron was available closer to Birmingham. Commercial businesses began to fail, and Bluffton soon came to be considered a ghost town.

Blakeley Alabama

Overlooking the marshes of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta just north of Mobile is the site
of the Alabama ghost town of Blakeley.

Now a part of Historic Blakeley State Park, the city once competed with Mobile for the status of queen city of Lower Alabama. All that remains today are gravestones, a few ruins and traces of old streets.

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Verbena Alabama

Verbena Alabama developed into a popular resort location for the more affluent citizenry of Montgomery, the state’s capital, during the yellow fever outbreaks of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.