Wednesday, April 25, 2012

4/25/12 Report - Micanopy & Seminole Wars and Gold Nugget Jewelry

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of

Historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Colorado.

If you are thinking of taking a break from the beach for the summer, there are a lot of interesting historic places to go like this.  Up in the hills behind the hotel old glass shards littered the ground.  You'll find the same thing on the grounds of many old hotels.

But you don't have to  leave Florida to find old historic places to visit.

I'm going off-beach today for just a little while.  There are a lot of interesting inland sites in Florida that receive little attention. 

One inland Florida area with a very long and interesting history is Micanopy, which was visited by some of the earliest Spanish explorers, was the site of an Indian village, and later, was central to a lot of Seminole War battlefields.

It seems the site of Fort Micanopy has been identified.

Alachua County is said to have been one of  the bloodiest places in Florida during the Seminole Wars.  Many battles were fought in that area.

Here is a good web site that gives a lot of informtion about that.

I first visited Alachua back in the early eighties when IFAS (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences) was having a large mainframe computer put into a converted sausage plant that was to become a science and technology center.

Anyhow, it is a nice old area with a lot of history.

And here is more information on the history of the area.

There are plenty of places to detect in Florida besides the beaches.

Aquanaut John says there will be a test of dowsing at the upcoming Annual Treasure Hunter's Cookout this weekend.  They have a real project planned. Sounds really interesting.

Gold Nugget Pendant Florida Beach Metal Detector Find.

Nugget jewelry was popular back in the seventies or eighties but is still being found today.

Treasure Coast Beach Detecting Forecast and Conditions.

It looks like the wind and swells are from the north today while the seas are calm. 

The seas will remain at about one or two feet until this weekend when they will start to increase, reaching up around six feet by next week, if the predictions are correct.   That might stir things up.  But too often the predictions of increasing seas end up being much more moderate than predicted.

We'll have to wait and see.  But if you want to do the low tide zone or water, best get it done in the next couple of days.

Happy hunting,