Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Treasure Hunting

We have a persimmon tree that self-seeds fairly easily, so we told a neighbor he could come dig up some up the small trees and try to transplant them on his property.  When he started digging, he got more than he'd expected.  Turns out the hillside where the persimmons are growing was a dump site for the old homestead that used to be on our property.  He dug out a number of bottles from under the tree roots.  Many were broken (there were a few old boots in there, too), but some where unharmed.

I have only cleaned up the front center bottle, with the white residue inside.  It has Norwich on it, and is an old Pepto Bismal bottle.  Once I get time I'll clean up the others and see what Google can tell me about them.  Several appear to be liquor bottles, and one at first glance looks like Pepsi to me.

Hard to say what else has been  buried on our land all these years.  Prior to us moving there in 2000, no one had resided in the old (now torn down) house since the mid 70s. 

22 comments:

Bill said...

There were no dumpsters and trash pickup back in those days so people carried their trash off into the woods and dumped it in a gully (at least that's what we did!). Of course there was a lot less trash back then.

Just yesterday I was out mushroom hunting in the woods. I didn't find any mushrooms but I brought back six old wine bottles. :)

A Quiet Corner said...

LOL! Be sure to tell your neighbors who bought "Home in the Hollow" that across from the barn, near the edge of the creek where I planted Phlox, there's a "burial ground" filled with leftovers too. Oh and up on the ridge, where the old still was...:)JP

Sunnybrook Farm said...

I find old dumps now and then and used to search them out years ago when I made lot of glass arrow heads since the bottom of old bottles was thick enough to flake. Anyway here is a link to the maker marks. https://www.glassbottlemarks.com/bottlemarks/

Vicki said...

Dump sites on old homesteads can be interesting. As a kid, I would dig around in the one on my Dad's hobby farm. Found an ink well, lots of glass beads, bottles, cracked cups, etc. Kept me out of mischief for hours on end.

Tom said...

...bottle collecting is BIG business for some folks.I invite you the share this post at Tuesday's Treasures.

Sally said...

Good Morning, Lisa! Wow, look at what was found. I'd be wanting to start the cleaning process, and googling right away. But, I don't have 3 kids, a husband and a job (although it feels like I've had 3 greats here quite regularly). :)

Did y'all take a pic of the old homestead before it became history? This makes me wonder what is actually 'underneath' where we all live. This house was built in 1948, hmmmm.

So glad to see you when you have time. :)
xoxo

Out on the prairie said...

What a great find, many times an old privy was used

Ginny Hartzler said...

What a surprise this is! I can't wait to see them all cleaned up and sparkling. And by then, maybe you will know more about them.

Michelle said...

This is a pretty interesting find. Looking forward to seeing them cleaned up!

alissa apel said...

Oh wow it's like finding treasure. I hope you find some really cool bottles to keep.

Tanya Breese said...

how fun! can't wait to find out all about them when you get them cleaned up!

Betsy Adams said...

Treasure hunting is so much fun... Truly, it's no telling what most of us would find below our property if we dug deep enough... I love thinking about history and who lived around us many years ago...

Great find...
Hugs,
Betsy

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Wow, who knows what treasures you might find? Some of those bottles look like they'll be pretty after they are cleaned up.

mail4rosey said...

hey, that's pretty cool! How are you getting them cleaned up? Just curious. :)

mail4rosey said...

lol I just saw my comment on your fence post. I guess you've made me curious twice this week. :)

Lin said...

Cool find....but I'm still on the "I have a persimmon tree..."

Blogging friend of mine made a dessert with persimmons and I have been wishing for a persimmon tree ever since!

Terra Heck said...

Those are some interesting finds!!

troutbirder said...

Very interesting. Your on your way to becoming an archeologist...Buried treasures indeed...:)

Linda said...

Neat! They have quite a patina!

SweetMarie said...

so cool! they look in perfect condition.

Annette said...

How interesting! I wonder how old these bottle are. I know a while back I learned that town greens were usually dumping grounds for folks. (I'm sure you already know this.) I suppose people, once upon a time, used to bury their garbage--out of sight, out of mind. I look forward to learning more!

indah nuria Savitri said...

old homesteads! I collect old bottles and those can be treasure indeed, Lisa..