The Great Trail - The Legend Of The Lost French Gold

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Real Estate Agent with Cutler Real Estate
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Note: The legend of this treasure was first printed in the April 3, 1875 edition newspaper, The Minerva Commercial, Minerva, Ohio. (Historians differ on the exact time period. Some researchers suggest 1755, others suggest 1758. Down through the years the legend has grown, and new stories and theories have evolved. Some say it was an impending attack by Indians that triggered the burying of the gold, others say it was an impending attack by British soldiers. Historians have noted an advancing British army under General Braddock in 1755, as well as another advancing army under General Forbes in 1758.)

The story seems to begin at the French occupied Fort Duquesne, at present day Pittsburgh. Because of impending attack, the decision was made to move the French gold to safety. Some stories maintain that the safety point was Fort Detroit, other stories maintain the gold was to be taken back to France. Orders were given that ten men would accompany sixteen pack-horses carrying the load, and if trouble should arise the men were ordered  to bury the treasure and mark the spot.  The Tuscarora Trail, or Great Trail was the route chosen, as it was the  famous thoroughfare used by the Indians and a few daring white men following a westward course in the pre-Revolutionary period. Sign

A few days into the journey, the detail of Frenchmen sensed an attack was coming. As legend has it, they buried the gold and silver treasure at a point near the present junction of Columbiana, Stark, and Carroll County (Ohio)lines. The spot was unique in that there was a natural occurrence of three springs together in one vicinty. The men added other subtle markers at the spot such as placing a rock in the fork of a tree, and placing the shovel(s) under neath some logs. The men scattered, some accounts say 8 of them were subsequently killed. Two of the men from the detail were reportedly able to make it back to Fort Duquesne on foot after three days travel. Because it was a 3 day march, the area where the gold was buried was presumed to be in the vicinity of present day East Rochester and Minerva Ohio. Residents of the area have located the clues on the Robbins Farm, but despite generations of searching, the treasure has never been found. The the legend lives on.  Ronald Maxgard, in his book The Sandy And Beaver Canal c. 1952  mentioned that a Spanish gold coin of the period covered by the treasure was found in the craw of a chicken. Of course this started the gold rush anew. Treasure hunters with modern coin finders have scoured the area in teams. There were also reports of the use of large earth moving equipment that literally changed the face of the landscape while trying to uncover the treasure.

I've been fortunate in haing been able to list some parcels of vacant land near East Rochester, Ohio. Just the thought of it being near the Great Trail brings a sense of awe and wonderment about exactly where the legendary treasure may be. 

I would imagine there are many legends and stories of lost treasures and silver mines associated with every state. I would enjoy hearing about the legends in your area. 

I've recently ran across a website pertaining to a book by WC Jameson titled Buried Treasures of the Mid-Atlantic States. It contains some fascinating stories!

Thanks! - Jim Dvorovy

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Rainer
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Donna Marie Godfrey
Godfrey Properties - Pottstown, PA
I'm gettin' in my car now!
Apr 22, 2008 12:16 AM #1
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Scott Barr
Pacific Sotheby's international Realty - Newport Beach, CA
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Your story cought my attention because my mother was born in Minerva.
Apr 22, 2008 01:02 AM #2
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Judy
Jim, Great story. This should catch alot of attention on people who like their history. Good research & great job.
Apr 22, 2008 01:18 AM #3
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Jim Dvorovy
Cutler Real Estate - Canton, OH
REALTOR - Canton Ohio Real Estate

Donna - Bring some sandwiches for lunch?   :)

Scott - I'll bet your mother knows all about the legend?

Judy - The area is supposed to be slightly south of East Rochester near the junction of Augusta and Ridge road.

Apr 22, 2008 11:12 PM #4
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Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Jim, I enjoyed reading your post.  I love those stories and enjoy reading them.  Thanks for sharing it.

Aug 07, 2008 04:20 AM #5
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Jim Dvorovy
Cutler Real Estate - Canton, OH
REALTOR - Canton Ohio Real Estate

Jon - I enjoy those stories too! I hope to have another one very soon about treasures buried at Meyers Lake. Stay tuned....

Aug 09, 2008 04:36 AM #6
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tim

i live in augusta.. and i know where the treasure is.. i have found it but i cannot pull it out by myself it is on my property...

Sep 22, 2010 11:04 AM #7
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Michael

Has anyone thought about finding the dead French soldiers? Were they burried in a near by cemetary? Or did the English take them back with them? How about the mules? Did the English ever wonder about why the French had so many mules with them? The best way to figure this unsolved mystery is to research first facts first! I believe I have a good idea where the "Treasure" might actually be, or if it really is in Ohio at all.

 

Mike,   ... 

Jul 09, 2011 11:51 AM #8
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Anonymous

I found a spanish coin in the creek while looking for arrow heads. a rough minted silver coin, back in 1966. I traded it for a comic book and a baseball card of Bob Feller. Both were stollen soon after. I'm going back to that creek soonn!!!                    Hooter                                                                                                                                                                          

Jan 14, 2012 07:01 AM #9
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d herzog

i one day i was in that area and saw the end of a beautiful rainbow come down to the ground around a large oak tree.  believe me it was fascinating.  i am going to investigate that area this spring of 2013.  it was not far from a river.  i now have time to do this.

Mar 22, 2013 03:08 PM #10
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Joe Kollar

Hey Tim, if you want to share it, I have shovels and a ground radar.

 

Joe

Oct 28, 2013 09:55 AM #11
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Jeff

Has anyone ever found anything new to the gold. I was going this Spring and starting a new expedition into finding the gold. Any new insight would be great. Thanks

Feb 19, 2016 02:28 AM #12
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Jeff

Also, I am going to be taking a hard look into the Turkeyfoot Creek / Lake gold hidden by Indians. I have a few clues into the location. I wouldn't mind some others to join in. If your interested and have metal detector / ground radar, please let me know.
mastergunns75@gmail.com Jeff

Feb 19, 2016 02:33 AM #13
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Zondilee

There is also rumors that the treasure was found by george sinclair, the founder of what use to be meyers lake theme park. The family fell into money in the late 1800s.

Dec 30, 2017 03:06 PM #14
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William

Jeff did u ever go ?

May 12, 2018 02:28 PM #15
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Doug E.

Anyone have points of contact to do research the local area? I would like to talk to the Landowners in the area for a possible search this Spring of 2019.

Jan 24, 2019 05:03 PM #16
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