Finding Artifacts and Relics on an Appalachian Farm

mountains with fog rolling in

Photo courtesy of Ben Pope

A few months back Ben Pope from History Hound Detecting contacted the girls to see if he could use their music in one of his videos. They loved what Ben was doing so they said yes 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the music and the video. Ben finds some of the coolest old things!

You can watch more videos on his youtube channel. Here’s a short blurb about it:

“History Hound Detecting is constantly looking for pieces of the past, stories from those who came before. I pursue this information by metal detecting, artifact hunting, bottle digging, and coin roll hunting. Hope you enjoyed the adventure!”

Along with all the neat history hunting videos you can listen to Ben read from Margaret Walker Freel’s book “Unto the Hills.” I’m telling you his youtube channel is a must visit for anyone who loves history and artifacts.


p.s. The winner of Fred Chappell’s book “I Am One of You Forever” is Tommy who said: “Oh the stuff i was gonna do when i got grown . . . .”

The winner of the “Foxefire 2” book is Patricia Small who said: “I’ve never been to a corn shucking but I’ve broke a lot of green beans with family on the front porch. Good company makes the job go quickly!”

Tommy and Patricia send your mailing addresses to me at [email protected] and I’ll send you the books!

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    Auther Ray
    November 22, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    In one of your sites you was asking about old words meanings. One of the words was what is a ‘Go Devil’ ? A Go Devil was a riding cultivator with two long boards or runners with disk at the back for planting and hilling corn with a team of horses or mules. It was quite revolutionary for the time in that it had a seat so a person could sit on it and ride rather than walk following on foot.

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    November 21, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed the video, thanks Tipper!

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    marsha king
    November 21, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    I have a bedroom set that belonged to my great grandparents, my grandparents, my parents and then to me. A sofa table that my paternal grandpa built shortly before he died in 1926. A clock that is wound with a key and a wardrobe from my maternal Grandpa. An apple butter kettle from my maternal grandparents and a china cabinet that was built for my parents when they got married in 1950. I also have an old pump, a whetstone, ( I think that’s what it’s called) , and a huge square stone that was carved out to hold cooling water for my Grandfather’s blacksmith shop. And here I am, living in the middle of all this old stuff, just as happy as a clam! These things are some of the reasons I’m now hooked on genealogy.

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    Ken Roper
    November 21, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    I get a lot of news on the Fox News Channel, so I’m not much for reading. However, I do appreciate the book on Poetry I won several years ago.

    I loved the video you posted today of Ben, and I loved ” Ruby (the little black and white dog) in the Kitchen” by Chitter and Chatter. Daddy use to be kinda like a Rock Hound, and when my oldest daughter got old enough, she went with him. She’d come back talking about crossing the beautiful Nantahala River on a Swinging Bridge and going into 3 Indian Caves below there. When the leaves are all gone, you can see 3 Caves from the highway. …Ken

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    Ron Stephens
    November 21, 2019 at 11:09 am

    I recall you have posted before about the old homeplaces. (Do they say that out yonder I wonder.) I like to find them but they always make me a bit sad, partly because I wonder how much mark my life will leave. And I wonder what their story is. Who came there and where did they come from? Where did they go and why did they leave? What hopes brought them? What joys and sorrows hallow that ground from their time? What does it mean to us that their story is unknown. My Dad said it this way. “We’re a short time here and a long time gone.”

    By the way, I expect all or nearly all of your readers know that dagger-like steel item he found was a tooth from the cutter bar of an old-fashion mowing machine. They are a kinda fearsome-looking thing ( aka thang) but they were there just to protect the blade and to give the cutting teeth a solid surface to cut the grass against.

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      Ed Ammons
      November 21, 2019 at 6:44 pm

      You are right sir! I recognized that piece immediately. A tip off a sickle bar mower.

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    Ed Ammons
    November 21, 2019 at 10:21 am

    I love that steel guitar, lap steel, dobro music in the intro and outro of the video. That’s what a real steel sounds like as opposed to a pedal steel that produces noises that hurt a dog’s ears and make them howl!

    Of course I love Katie’s “Ruby in the Kitchen” too. That’s a given!

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    aw griff
    November 21, 2019 at 9:19 am

    The music, roads, and beautiful scenery went together real good.
    I’ve watched so many on you tube metal detecting but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen him before. The name Pope stuck with me because there are Popes in e.ky. too.
    My Grandson and I do some metal detecting. Last Fall we found about 200 old Lincoln pennies scattered on our hillside but only one silver quarter and one Jefferson nickel.

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    November 21, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I have enjoyed a few of the relic hunter’s videos on You Tube, but not Ben Pope’s. I will have to check that out. The music goes perfectly with the old country road in the film, and reminds me so much of the many roads I traveled over the years. Digs in areas of former Civil War battles are my favorite. My home is not far from the site of The Battle of Pigeon Roost in West Virginia. An acquaintance who lives on a small farm in the area says it is not uncommon to dig up old relics, mostly barbed wire traps used to trip the opposing army. It is a good thing I don’t live there, or I would probably spend every waking hour out there with a shovel and a metal detector.
    Tipper, your posts are so interesting to me, and I find each and every one of them makes me want to research and remember. My interests are not that varied either, as there are way more things that don’t interest me than do. I am not interested in the latest styles, sports, manicures, Emmys, Oscars, and on and on. Not only do I love your posts, but I find myself taking a break to come back and read your reader’s posts. You have some amazing readers!

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    Gayle Larson
    November 21, 2019 at 8:00 am

    I love old t’hings. My house is full of things I have found or folks have given me. I remember my Mother telling me she was so glad to get rid of the old things and could not understand why I was dragging them home. There is something comforting about surrounding yourself with things that our ancestors needed to survive. I appreciate the hard work they went thru to get the job done with these artifacts. We are so spoiled with our new gadgets.

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      November 21, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      I agree. I have a glass washboard Mama used, and some old flat irons, too. I’ve loved old things since I was a child.

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    Miss Cindy
    November 21, 2019 at 7:58 am

    That was cool! It takes a trained eye to find the treasures among the rocks.
    Thanks, I enjoyed that.

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