When the Taylor brothers first visited De Leon Springs State Park, they reached out to a park manager to find out how they could dig at the base of Old Methuselah. I see a lot of clues in there that I’ve recognized," Fraser said. 7 years ago. Although the Maisy Battery was first uncovered in 2006, new areas of the complex have been uncovered. A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection explained that permits are granted for archaeological research on state lands, but that each project must meet specific criteria. In fact, if Mayberry was set on the beach, it would certainly be Mexico Beach. They learned that if they wished to dig in a Florida state park, they would need to file a permit with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research (BAR). Pic credit: Discovery Expedition Unknown is back … Some 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000 ships were involved. "We lost 81 tons of trees during Hurricane Matthew. “I really do believe that the the treasure is here, somewhere in this park. “Trees fall down, grass gets cut.”. We owe everything to those veterans. Burying the casques was the ultimate publicity stunt to attract attention. “The poem indicated it’s at the base of a tall tree. “This has been a great opportunity to get together with my son and my brother on a common project with a common goal,” Scott said. Dean Taylor shows a painting from Byron Preiss's "The Secret" on his phone at De Leon Springs State Park. His untimely death in a 2005 car accident also means that treasure hunters won’t receive any new clues. The discovery of the bunkers is being featured in the season premiere of. Scott thinks the reflection of the rock in the lower right-hand corner of the painting resembles a map of nearby Ocala National Forest. And this is part of our culture. Anticipating an Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe from the United Kingdom during World War II, the Germans built an extensive system of defenses of which the Maisy Battery was one. “No one’s in this to get rich, to make a lot of money. Bryon Preiss created a book called "The Secret," which contains clues for 12 buried casques with keys. "I’ve been here a very long time. “It’s everywhere.”. The site is now open to the public, 'We were able to dig down and reveal the doors and go inside them – they are frozen in time, there are artifacts inside there,' Gates said about his discovery, The D-Day operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history, with over 160,000 troops landing. The treasures aren’t worth much, either. “We’re very ecologically-minded people and we would not want to do anything that would harm our state parks,” Scott said. 529), Johnny Depp loses UK libel case over ‘wife-beater’ claims, Gatorland offers $20.21 discount package for November, Busch Gardens modifies Christmas Town events, moves ice show outdoors, [Popular on OrlandoSentinel.com] Thunderbirds, F-22s coming to Sanford for Lockheed Martin Space and Air Show, 2 dead, 15 wounded in Vienna terror attack, authorities say. During a recent trip to Washington, D.C., they tried to schedule a meeting with U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, the congressman for the area surrounding De Leon Springs. He then hired a Swiss agent to make sure that his fortune of $2.3 million in gold and silver coins were safely installed along with his body. The bunkers were located between Omaha beach and Utah beach in GrandCamp-Maisy. Excavations have uncovered further parts of a secret Nazi bunker complex in Normandy that were used against Allied forces during the D-Day landings in June 1944. Only if you looked closely could you see a rough outline of the fortifications, The site is slowly being cleared so that more of the WWII history can be uncovered and remembered. “I know the heads of a bunch of National Parks recently had a meeting about ‘The Secret,’” Ward said. “He also thought that the treasures would be found very quickly from when the original book was published.”. from Naked Club PRO . 'It's an overwhelming place to visit – this was part of one of the darkest chapters in modern history,' said Gates. After all, Preiss’s book came out in 1982 and only the most persistent treasure hunters would have continued searching for more than 30 years. Prowling Panther Beach - nudist group explores oceanside rock formations. The treasure hunting book was released just as Preiss was building his budding publishing career. Aidan Bradbury-Aranda Expedition Unknown Kicks Off with a New Discovery About D-Day, Secret Nazi World War II bunkers discovered near D-Day beaches | Fox News. A product stuffed with already-released promos and coins doesn't magically become good, because its buyer is ignorant, uninformed or biased. The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is most commonly thought to be the location of one of Preiss’s casques, but the Taylor brothers disagree. “The community has shifted to be more open. “Between 2004 and the airing of the ‘Expedition Unknown’ episode, we may have had four or five inquiries over 10 years," Fraser said. Some people just like to be right. The discovery of the bunkers is being featured in the season premiere of Expedition Unknown, which airs on Discovery Channel on February 5 at 8pm EST. one as mysterious as his Egyptian excavation. “Now, when we release a podcast, we get 700 downloads in the first day.”. The hunt is on: Two Central Florida men are searching for buried treasure they believe is hidden in De Leon Springs State Park. ', 'What is unique is that a lot of the military installations around Normandy have been cleaned up,' he continued. 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'It's an overwhelming place to visit – this was part of one of the darkest chapters in modern history,' said Gates. A Facebook group dedicated to “The Secret” has about 1,800 members, but Ward said other groups exist for individual treasure hunts, each with at least a few hundred participants. 'We were able to dig down and reveal the doors and go inside them – they are frozen in time, there are artifacts inside there. A dozen stone buildings linked by 1,500 meters of tunnels was eventually uncovered with various areas identified including sick bay, officers' quarters, radio room and even kitchens. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. “They’re absolutely banning people from digging as a result of that meeting.”. But Preiss’s hopes for the books and treasures were never fully realized. The comments below have not been moderated. Preiss was the only one who knew the casque locations and he took that information to his grave. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. In addition, they would need an archeologist to lead the survey and do a wetlands impact study. To date, only two of the 12 casques have been recovered — one in Chicago and the other in Cleveland. There was also four 105 millimeter guns, and twelve 88 millimeter guns for anti-aircraft defenses. The bunkers were part of the Maisy Battery complex and are located two miles inland from Omaha beach, the landing area during the invasion. Our public parks are far more valuable than any treasure you may find.”. 'It's exciting – on the other hand, it's a somber, dark experience – this was a place that housed Nazi soldiers. This is where the brothers believe the treasure is buried. Wreck of the Titanic's 'sister ship' the Britannic which hit... St. Marks the spot! "The episode came out and we’ve had over 100 people interested.”. Many not-for-profit groups (e.g., Oceana, Surfrider, and Ocean Conservancy) have information about these opportunities on their websites. Since then, he has witnessed the impact of the “Expedition Unknown” episode firsthand. The bunkers were hidden in plain sight having been covered by earth and mud over the last three-quarters of a century and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology was used to study the site. 87 reviews of Expedition Motor Homes "THIS PLACE IS AMAZING - My friends and I needed a RV for a last minute trip up to El Capitan State Beach this weekend. They’ve only been on this hunt for a matter of months compared with Ward’s years of experience, but their line of thinking has led them to De Leon Springs State Park. The search that Preiss imagined would only take a handful of months has lasted 37 years. After emailing with a BAR state official, it seemed unlikely the agency would grant the brothers permission to dig. Sterne conducted extensive research in European archives and then found contemporary maps that pinpointed the site of the complex, on high ground above Omaha beach at the western end of the D-Day frontline. The 20-acre German battery was hidden in an overgrown field about 100 meters from a small road. There were also several machine-gun nests and two Renault tanks. Published: 01:33 GMT, 5 February 2020 | Updated: 09:12 GMT, 5 February 2020. Not many people have heard about Van Chai Village, a hundreds-of-year-old fishing village situated in the bustling Sam Son beach city in Thanh Hoa Province. It’s like asking the Wright brothers after their first flight, which didn’t go so well, ‘Are you going to give up?’ And the answer is no.”. Old Methuselah is a 500-year-old bald cypress tree at De Leon Springs State Park. The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine. Before the Discovery Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” devoted an episode in January 2018 to “The Secret,” the hunt was known to few. Was BB Comics Luxury Competition worst challenge in show history? Scott and Dean Taylor, along with some help from Scott’s son, Adam, have been seeking one of 12 casques buried by publisher Byron Preiss in the 1980s.
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