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May Speaker: Jim Bailey's "Hunting for (and finding!) Buried Treasure"

Monday, May 11, 2015

Ever dreamed about finding buried treasure? Varnum member Jim Baily has the bug, and his time treasure hunting in New England, metal detector in tow, has yielded some fascinating finds.

Considering Rhode Island's rich history, it seems fitting that many of Jim's treasures were found right in our own back yard. On Aquidneck Island, for example, he's uncovered items dating back to the British occupation. Among his finds are jewelry, coins, and buttons. Some of his most interesting historical finds are a 1789 George Washington inauguration button and a 1786 New Jersey Copper, a coin of historic interest.

The search to recover history has taken Jim from land to the high seas: he was also involved in a salvage trip to the Whydah, a pirate ship that sank in a storm off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717.

Mr. Bailey will discuss his treasure hunts and show some of his finds at the May Varnum dinner meeting. Please join us on Monday, May 11, for an inside look at history recovered.

The Steak Fry is back!

Weather permitting, we will be grilling steaks on our barbeque at the May members meeting.


RSVP … Social hour begins at 5:30, followed by STEAK FRY at 6:30 p.m. (Fee is $15.) Please RSVP to Sue Hawksley at 401/732-9805 or by email at by Friday, May 8.



This event is only open to Varnum Continental members. If you would like to join the Varnum Continentals ($35/year), please visit this link.


Upcoming Events

Memorial Day Parade and Varnum Armory Open House
Monday, May 25
Parade: 10 a.m. – noon (approx.)
Open House: immediately after parade

The East Greenwich Memorial Day Parade on Main Street steps off at 10 a.m., and the Varnum Continentals, RIM, are proud and honored to be marching in our home-town parade.

Immediately after the parade, the Varnums will host an OPEN HOUSE at the Varnum Armory. Stop by ... bring your family and guests. There will be tours of the armory/museum, a special display of some of the hidden treasures of the Armory, and a Memorial Day favorite as we celebrate the unofficial start of summer: hot dogs!

Revolutionary War Reenactment
Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at: The Gen. Nathanael Greene Homestead
50 Taft St, Coventry RI
Admission is $6 for Adults & $4 for Children/Seniors.

Featuring authentic Continental and British military camps, musket and cannon demonstration, tours of the completely restored 1770 home of Gen. Nathanael Greene, Spell Hall, a National Historic Landmark and the highlight of each day will be two battles in which Continental Regulars, French and Militia troops will battle British Regulars and Loyalist troops intent on taking the home of George Washington's second in command and most trusted general.



Varnum House Museum (1773), 57 Peirce Street, East Greenwich, RI 02818-3338
Varnum Memorial Armory, 6 Main Street, East Greenwich, RI 02818-3827
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