Old North State Detectorists Club

"Rediscovering the Past"

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General Club Information

The Old North State Detectorists are an association of metal detecting hobbyists who abide by a Code of Ethics and work to assist individuals and others with the finding and returning of lost items at no charge.

We want to help you search for lost items on your property. Let us volunteer our services to find missing items such as rings or jewelry in a yard or at the lake. Searches of old homesteads and property is our speciality. Found items are always returned to the owner.

Know a friend or relative who has lost something valuable? Do you own property which may have had old homes, businesses, or even Revolutionary or Civil War camp sites or skirmishes on it? If you are curious as to what artifacts or valuables might be buried at these locations we would love to hear from you!

ONSD club members have included a retired UNCG Professor, Sheriff's Deputy, County Park Ranger, business owners, IT professionals, and retirees. In general, our group is represented by men and women of all ages and metal detecting experience.

To learn more about the ONSD Club or how we can perform a search of your property, visit our contact us page.



President:  Rodney Joslin

Vice President:  Beth Davidson

Treasurer: John Muller

Secretary: Cynthia Norton


Monthly Club Meetings

The Old North State Detectorists Club meets at 9:00 AM on the last Saturday of the month at Mendenhall Plantation.
The Mendenhall Plantation is located at 603 West Main Street, Jamestown, NC  27282.

The club membership fee is $20.00 per year for individuals and $30.00 for families. Also included with your membership is an official embroidered ONSD hat and iron-on patch. Guests are welcome to attend meetings. You must be an ONSD Club member to participate in the hunts and have a signed membership application on file which includes a liability waiver.


Golden Detector Award

The Golden Detector Award is presented to the member who recovers and returns a valuable item to its rightful owner. The member receives a certificate from the club and a gold pin to wear with pride. 

Ron Washburn, the first recipient at left, being presented his GDA Certificate by Old North State Detectorists Club President William Purkey.

Past winners include:

Ron Washburn (2)
Jerry Murphy
Jeremy Brown
James Furmage
Kent Riddle
Rodney Joslin
Randall Woolbright
Jerry Dorsett
Jerry Gilliam
Jody Sanders
Jeffrey Blackburn

Congratulations to all.