This afternoon I was digging a couple holes for new trees, and found a bit of treasure. My house is an old Dutch colonial; part of it was built around 1730, and the main part is circa 1780. The house actually has some ties to the revolution. The person who built my house fought in the revolution, the second owner was Nathan Hale's college roommate at Yale, LaFayette marched his troops by the house, and John Adams even strolled by the house on his way to Philadelphia for the Continental Congress. Anytime I dig or garden I will find old bits of pottery. Today, while planting the tree I noticed a small disk in the dirt. I picked it up, noticed some markings on it, and brought it inside to clean up. Now I've found some old coins in my house before (50 years old or so), but never anything like this. Once it was cleaned up I looked it up online and discovered that it was a 1773 British half penny. A bust of King George himself was on one side. Maybe the penny once belonged to Nathan Hale! Anyway, I ended up putting in the small jar with another momento we found, an old wedding band. I guess now I'll have to get a metal detector to search for more treasures.
What have you guys found around your old homes?
Gridley Riley House, ca 1780