In a real-life scenario straight out of the movies, a couple in South Jersey discovered a buried treasure that had been hidden for nearly a century in their front yard. Rich Gilson and his wife Suzanne embarked on an excavation project last month, unaware of the historical surprise that awaited them.
As they began digging, they encountered glass and what appeared to be root balls. Upon closer inspection, they realized that the “root balls” were actually burlap sacks filled with money. These two burlap money balls contained rolled-up $10’s and $20’s, amounting to a total of $1000, all dating back to 1934.
Considering the financial hardships of the Great Depression during that era, the significance of such a discovery becomes even more profound.
When the Gilsons researched the value of $2000 in 1934, they were astounded to find that it would be equivalent to an astonishing $40,000 in today’s currency.
Delving deeper into the mystery, the couple unraveled the story behind the buried money. The home’s former owner, James Dempsey, had instructed his daughter to bury the money as a way of safeguarding their hard-earned savings during the challenging times of the Great Depression. Unfortunately, they had forgotten the exact location of the buried treasure.
While the sum may not be life-changing, it is the historical and sentimental value that makes it truly special to the Gilsons. Rich expressed his intention not to spend the money anytime soon, emphasizing that the captivating story behind it holds greater significance than its monetary worth.
As Rich aptly stated, “It’s a lot of money, but it’s not life-changing obviously.
I think the story is more interesting—the history of the fact that this fella did this 90-something years ago. People ask, ‘What are you going to do with it?’ Well, I’m certainly not going to spend it.”