Ticonderoga A group of local men will be featured in a new national television program.
Dan Blanchette, his son Zachary and Larry French will appear on “Buried Treasure” on the FOX television network this fall. The Blanchettes are from Ticonderoga. French lives in Crown Point.
“Buried Treasure” is an unscripted series in which identical twin brothers Leigh and Leslie Keno travel across the country to help ordinary people discover the unknown treasures in their homes. The Keno brothers, stars of “Antiques Roadshow,” are modern-day treasure hunters, antique experts and appraisers who have helped people all over the world sell more than $1 billion worth of collectibles. From one-of-a-kind comics to a 300-year-old violin, the pair will travel the country to uncover age-old mysteries.
The show debuts on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. The local men were told their episode will be the third or fourth aired.
Dan Blanchette and Ti resident Keith Dolbeck are nationally-known for using metal detectors to unearth historical artifacts. When the producers of “Buried Treasure” starting searching for someone to help locate missing gold, they learned of the Ticonderoga duo.
“Keith and I have been metal detecting 17 years,” Blanchette explained. “When the TV producers started researching metal detectors, they heard about us. They asked if we would help find a buried treasure.”
Dolbeck was unavailable to assist, so Blanchette asked his son and French to join him on the quest.
The local men was asked to find missing treasure on a farm in Windham, in the Catskill region.
“Years ago a gentleman took all his assets, converted them to gold and buried them on his farm,” Blanchette said. “His family had no idea where to find it.”
Blanchette and the others are prohibited from discussing specifics of the program until after it airs, but he acknowledged “we were very successful.”