What once was lost is now found thanks to one local man and his metal detecting skills.
Tyler Shorb of Waynesboro has always been called to the outdoors and scouring the ground looking for little treasures from days gone by.
“All of my friends were into video games, I was never into that. I always wanted to be outdoors,” explained Shorb. “So, I picked up a metal detector five years ago and started looking for lost items.”
Shortly after he started, Shorb found a colonial era flat-style button in the backyard of the Reservoir Road property of his grandfather, William Helfrick.
“It was my first find that was significant. It felt like I had just dug up a million dollars,” Shorb said.
Always searching for that exuberant feeling, Shorb’s passion for metal detecting has led him to explore other areas in and around Waynesboro. His treasures include Civil War-era musket balls, silver Mercury dimes, trolley parts, a handful of other colonial-style buttons and close to a hundred other coins.
“I love doing research on my finds and seeing where they come from and the history of them,” said Shorb. “I’m learning about the town I was born in and that’s what keeps me going.”
In June, Shorb found remnants of a metal newspaper plate for The Record Herald in the backyard of his grandfather’s property. It has part of a headline reading “State spending plans outli …”
Research showed the scrap is from Feb. 6, 1973, and the headline was just missing a few letters, “State spending plans outlined.” Other headlines included “Route 16 speed cut is denied,” “OSI purchases factory building” and “First POWs to be freed Saturday.”
“It’s a piece of Waynesboro’s history,” Shorb said. “Finding this and other articles around Waynesboro helps build a picture in my mind of the people that have come through here over the years.”
Shorb hopes to share his love of metal detecting with others in the Waynesboro area.
“I want to start a club to teach people how to do it. It’s a great hobby and I think people would really enjoy it,” said Shorb.
If you are interested in joining, or have a piece of land that would be ideal for metal detecting, contact Shorb at 717-387-6458.
Contact John Irwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 717-762-2151.