Legends of Lost Treasures Pennsylvania (a - B)
The lure of lost treasure almost always creates tons of other stories of ghosts and such. Over the next few weeks I will post stories of lost treasures, I will let you decide if the stories or true or not.
Adams county, Pennsylvania: In 1863, Confederates confiscated a wagon load of jewelry from a peddler who, in turn, “borrowed” the valuables from plantation homes in Virginia that were abandoned as Union troops marched through the region. The valuable hoard of treasure was buried somewhere along the old Hanover Road between Gettysburg and Hanover, or from Hanover to Hanover Junction. The following day, the Battle of Gettysburg erupted and the cache was never retrieved.
Adams county, Pennsylvania: A German silversmith named Ahrwud was allowed to work a rich Indian silver mine in the 1700’s. When his daughter betrayed the trust by stealing silver items from the mine. Ahrwud, his daughter and the mine suddenly disappeared. The mine was located in the area to the N of Deep Run, Maryland. Some papers came to light in 1980, dating back to the 1800’s and just half the age of the well-known legend, that mention a stream and a flat rock. The location is about 1 ½ miles on Hanover Road out of Union Mills, Maryland, and 1 mile along a gravel road to the woods where it dead ends. The suspected search area is said to lie 80 yards farther into the woods from this point.
Allegheny county, Pennsylvania: 1. The French and Indians in 1755 SE of Wilkensburg defeated General Braddock and his British soldiers. General Braddock’s 1750’s English pay chest, containing between $15,000-$25,000 in gold coins, was believed hastily buried or lost when French soldiers attacked his column a few miles from Fort Duquesne. The gold has never been recovered. Another theory of Braddock’s pay chest is that the gold was stuffed into one of the cannons and dumped into a ravine near Dunbar’s Camp and never recovered.
Beaver County: During the 1890's the area between Midland and East Liverpool in Ohio seethed with gamblers, bootleggers, outlaws and other characters. It is speculated that a large amount of treasure awaits discovery in the region.
Beaver County: The Dutch Zellner outlaw gang ruled this area during the period and stories run rampart that their loot is buried and hidden along the state line.
Beaver County: The residents of Economy were a small group of social and religious zealots in the early 1800's who did not trust anyone outside their own community. It was known that the sect had received $150,000 or more in silver coins in the early 1800's that were entrusted to the elders. However during the civil war in 1863 when Morgan's confederate raiders made their way close to Pittsburg, the communal society gathered together their treasury and buried it on the old Rappite property for safekeeping. The huge treasure remained hidden after the civil war ended.
Beaver county: In 1878 a cache one of the largest ever recovered was discovered at the town of Economy, Dug from an old cellar location, 117,000 bust type Half dollars struck before 1815, 3,708 bust silver dollars struck before 1804, 400 bust quarter dollars dated between 1818-1828, face value $65,000, today’s value over $20 million. More is believe still in area.
Bedford county, Pennsylvania: 1. The early 1800’s outlaw and robber David Lewis is known to have stashed a cache of loot in a cave near Bedford Springs.
Berks county, Pennsylvania: Ever since the Pennsylvania Dutch region was first settled, and even yet today, burying family fortunes was almost a religious practice. Nearly every abandoned house or building in the area is a potential treasure site
Berks county, Pennsylvania: Legends dating back to the 1880’s say that an old recluse farmer buried over $100,000 in gold and silver coins on his farm in Oley Valley. 5A). One source of information reports that this cache of recluse treasure was dug up on the old farm site and is no longer there, but the report has not been verified. 6.
Berks county, Pennsylvania: In the 1770’s, the Captain Doane outlaw gang of Tories looted and terrorized the settlers of Burks, Lancaster and Lebanon counties, accumulating a huge store of money, jewelry and other valuables. In 1777, the farmers in this region formed a group of vigilantes and surrounded the gang in Indian Gap near Wernersville and wiped them out. The vast treasure hoard from their many years of looting has never been found. 6A). Many researchers believe one of their caches, $100,000 in gold coins, and other valuables, remains buried near the site of their capture at Indian Gap
Bradford county, Pennsylvania: Local traditions say that a plateau located between the Chemung and Susquehanna Rivers near Athens was used by the early-day Spaniards. The Indians say that they came to this area with chests filled with coins and concealed the treasure in a cave in the mountains. The Indians attacked the Spaniards and all were massacred, believing the treasure was guarded by the spirits, the Redman would not venture near the location, reportedly on the mountain they called Carantouan. Many searches have been made, but the treasure was never found. Verification of this legend was made in the 1840’s when a medal was found in the area that proved to be dated in the 1500’s, and later, a Spanish sword; crucifix and ancient boat were found
Bucks county, Pennsylvania: The Doane Gang was a murderous band of outlaw brothers who amassed a considerable quantity of money and jewels during the Revolutionary War period. They buried their cache, estimated at $100,000, in the wooded hills in Bucks County, but before they could dig it up, all were killed or captured. Their cabin hideout was located near the mouth of Tohickon Creek near Plumsteadville and it is somewhere in this area where their huge store of loot remains hidden. Tohickon Creek is also called Stover Park Creek. The Doane outlaw gang is responsible for hundreds of legends and stories dating to the 1770’s. The last hideout of the gang was a cave along the Delaware River near Point Pleasant and it was here that they hid or buried $19,000 in gold coins that have yet to be found.
Bucks county, Pennsylvania: Dr. John Brown was supposedly a member of Captain Kidd’s pirate crew in the late 1600’s. After Kidd was sent to the gallows, Bowman settled on Bowman’s Hill, now a part of Washington Crossing State Park, where he reportedly buried his portion of accumulated pirate loot. After the doctor’s death, searches were made for the reputed treasure, but it was never found and is believed to still remain cached on the hill.
Butler county, Pennsylvania: The old Stone House Tavern was located 12 miles N of Butler on hwy. 8, was a stage stop in the early 1800's. A gang of counterfeiters and horse thieves moved into a hideout about 2 miles SE of the Stone House Tavern in the 1840's. The woods in this region were a favorite place for ambush by the outlaws and there are many stories of buried caches in the area.