I find stuff in the yard every time I put a shovel, hoe, or rake to it. It's kind of weird because I would expect to find a concentrated trash heap, but it seems to be scattered everywhere! I have collected and saved all the broken bits of pottery, china and glass, thinking someday I will make a mosiac out of it. There has only been one intact bottle. The location of the privy is not within my current property boundaries, the same as the old hand-dug brick lined well. I know for a fact that the old well was filled with bottles and jars and such, but it isn't on my land. My husband bought me a metal detector for my birthday and the only problem is that there is so much stuff! Unfortunately, none of it has been "good" stuff, but lots of rusted iron and nails. The really cool thing is that an elderly cousin drew up a detailed map for me and provided locations and descriptions of all the old outbuildings...syrup making shed, machine shop, two barns, smoke house, wash house, fence, chicken coops, garden boundaries, etc.
My great-grandparents' 1913 farmhouse
Too bad the spam got so bad. Some of us have been spending time at the new community for folks with a love of old houses at wavyglass.org