West Jersey Detecting

Last Updated March 2, 2021


                         Civil War Era Homestead:  Site of a Lifetime!

Back in November, I finally got permission to metal detect at an old homestead that I've had my eye on for a number of years...two cellar holes and some outer buildings on a small Civil War era property.  I can't find much on the history of the site, but saying it's a productive site is an understatement.

 To date, I've only worked approximately an acre and have dug more than two dozen buttons, artifacts and of course, coins.  Lots of them. There have been some nice Indian Head Cents, including an 1863 "Fatty" in as nice shape as I've ever seen dug, semi-key 1869 and an 1870 that is simply not to be believed.  

For the first few outings I hadn't found any large copper, but during week 3 at the site I finally got a signal at 10 inches that I thought would turn out to be iron, but to my surprise turned out to be an 1851 with EF details.  Another sweep 6 inches to the right and another similar deep signal. After digging more than 14 inches, I came up with a very large crotal bell, with the makers mark of William Barton III, Americas first bell maker.  There's been much more since those first few outings in November, but I don't want to spoil all the fun.  Jump over to the photo galleries where you'll find pictures of many of the other finds including more large coppers, silver and more.  I hope you enjoy the galleries.  

Neil in West Jersey 

*Note: 2014 Photos were temporarily removed to remove EXIF data but will be back up shortly!






Clicking on the links at the top gives you access to great features that will help you find your "find of a lifetime",  such as historic maps, instructional videos and much more.  If you own or are considering purchasing a metal detector you will find helpful information on the "tips" page.  Minelab users will find an array of useful information on the site... and more will be coming soon!

Remember to visit the Web Store for metal detecting accessories.  More hard to find metal detecting related products will be added in the near future. 

Feel free to browse the photo galleries featuring my own metal detecting finds.  Nearly all of these finds were dug within 30 miles of my home, and many were within a mile!

I hope you find the information useful and look forward to hearing your feedback! 

*About This Website

*This site was originally created for the sole purpose of showing off my best metal detecting finds, however it has now evolved into much more.  Although a large part of the content is still related to my "digs", it now features helpful tips for all major brands  This information has been compiled from thousands of hours of field testing and observations.  Just click on the links above.  I have also added helpful instructional videos as well.  

Visit the links page for info on historic maps, metal detecting forums, coins, buttons and much much more.  

Of course, you can still check out hundreds of photos of coins, relics and some of my favorite detecting sites in my photo galleries by clicking here!

More pages are available by clicking on any of the links above.  

If you would like to have your personal page added to the site (or to report a broken or missing link), please send me an email. Your comments are always welcome! 

All photos are of my own finds and were taken by the creator of this site (me), except where noted.  

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