Farmhouse bottle dump

Walker1200

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Good point, I will certainly keep an eye out for that, and protect myself.
 

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That would be enough to hold my interest in the property. That you know it dates into mid-nineteenth century should keep you motivated to find older dump areas.

If you have a machine available, metal detect to find hidden concentrations in low and/or marshy spots, tangled briars, stump piles and etc. Any waste ground or an out-of-the-way areas that the original farmers would have found convenient and a logical place to dispose of trash.


I do have a detector or 5, so I will certainly take your advice and use that in my searches. Thanks!

-Kerry
 

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Be careful digging farm dumps.
I was once warned by farm owner that the dump at his family farm, although old and containing a lot of good bottles, also contained lots of poisonous agricultural chemicals from the late 40s and 50s.
Just be aware.

Yes this is why I sometimes am wary to dig the newer dumps (post 1930), even if they do have milk bottle or soda potential, as this was the case with most of them. A farmer I know said that the dump on his farm during that era also had film developer chemicals in it. Nasty stuff. Be aware for metal barrel drums as these are usually a sign of toxic chemicals that were dumped in close proximity.
 

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