The Biggest Treasure Sites in Massachusetts

Hessian loot and more...

Massachusetts is a place that hides many treasures that should be world-wide known by now. Treasure hunting enthusiasts should definitely visit certain locations in Massachusetts at least once in a lifetime and try their luck with these places. The treasure legends in Massachusetts are numerous, very intriguing and sought after, which means you should give them a try. This article presents six of the most popular treasure sites in Massachusetts and how you can reach them. Go ahead and try your luck before someone else discovers the loot!


The buried chests in Pittsfield

The buried chests in Pittsfield have a very long history that stirred the interest of many bounty hunters. The chests are located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, a very accessible location that many hikers put on their list. There are several walking or hiking itineraries that can be provided to you. All of these itineraries pass through the Pittsfield State Park.

Here, tourists can find a major curiosity that has been in the attention of people since 1800. Some know it as the Rolling Rock, others know it as the Balance Rock. This place is now part of the Pittsfield State Forest. Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick himself, came to visit the rock when he lived in Pittsfield. He called the stone his Memnon Stone. Some people say that there are two chests of a total value of $200 000 hidden near this stone. 

The artifacts in Chelsea

Initially called Winnisimmet, the Town of Chelsea is a city in Massachusetts that was settled somewhere around the 1600s. In 1908, the Town of Chelsea was devastated by the first great fire. There were two of these fires that took over Chelsea during the 20th century. Around 60% of the population was now homeless.

The city was rebuilt in around three years, but it was not fully recovered until five years have passed. Because most of the people who were left homeless because of the fire left the city, Chelsea became inhabited with many immigrants. People left behind all their belongings and valuables, which made the destroyed city area a trove of hidden treasures. After inhabiting the city in 1919-1921, a simple worker found $50 000 in an area burnt by the first great fire. 

Thomas Veale and the Dungeon Rock Cave in Lynn

The story of the Dungeon Rock Cave is an impressive one for sure. The cave is located in the Lynn Woods Reservation. The cave was dug by a man who considers he was guided by ghosts to find a long-lost treasure. The story dates back to the 1600s. Thomas Veale was a pirate who initially found the cave and hid there with one of his treasures. Unfortunately, an earthquake destroyed the cave while Thomas was inside it, along with the precious treasure. The man who dug it almost 300 years later, Hiram Marble, dug the place in order to find the treasure, but he never did. Yet the Dungeon Rock Cave is still a place that is hunted down by people who want to find the treasure. Get your bounty hunter metal detector with you next time you visit Lynn, Massachusetts and maybe you will be the lucky one who finds it.

The Blue Rock at Cape Poge

Cape Poge is an extension of the Chappaquiddick Island. There is a lighthouse guarding sailors about the shoals present around the island. Not far from this lighthouse, there are some boulders and rocks that were studied by the people in the area. James Cooke was a farmer that took care of his cattle on the island. One day, he lost some of his livestock and he went searching for the animals.

During his search, he noticed some newcomers on the beach that seemed to go directly towards a boulder. Cooke followed them and saw they were carrying a chest and started digging a hole. They placed the chest there, had a fight and killed each other – only two men were left standing. Cooke waited until the newcomers went away. The man returned to the excavation place several days later, but was unable to find the exact location – all he knew is that he should be guided by a blue rock.  

The lost hoard of gold on Deer Island

Another intriguing story was born somewhere between Biloxi and Ocean Springs – the Deer Island peninsula. Deer Island is presently a recreation area with cycling trails. One can reach the peninsula by car as well. Looking for treasures on Deer Island started around the 1800s when three people started digging around for a hoard of gold they knew about.

The men were so eager to find a treasure here because they found out that the Deer Island peninsula was sometimes used as a storage location that pirates chose for their treasures. The location is called Money Bluff and it remains a popular bounty hunter attraction to this day. Some say that the Deer Island peninsula is also hunted by ghosts.

Hessian’s loot in Dalton

The Berkshire Country myths are very numerous, but among the most popular ones is the Hessian’s loot. Hessians were the soldiers of General Friedrich von Riedesel who escaped an invasion. The soldiers started looting farms while running away and they gathered a lot of valuables, especially precious metals such as gold and silver coins.

The excess weight was slowing down the Hessian soldiers, who – for fear of the Indians who were following them – buried the goods in the woods near Dalton. The legend says that the Hessians never returned for their loot. People search for the famous loot since the 1800s, but no luck in finding them. The rumor has it that the loot was placed inside a cannon that was then buried underground.

These are just a few of the treasure sites existent in Massachusetts, but they are definitely the most intricate, complex ones. Their stories fascinates bounty hunters all around the world, and if you are one of them, you should definitely start planning your next trip. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on