continued The Blanchettes and French took part in two days of filming.
“It was one heck of an experience,” Blanchette said. “To be part of something like that is amazing. It was a lot of fun.”
Blanchette is quick to point out he and the others are not normally treasure hunters.
“We try to rescue artifacts,” he said. “We’re not really treasure hunters, but history seekers. Ticonderoga is a history-rich community; there is so much to find. We recently discovered an 18th Century historic site in a farmer’s field that had been plowed under.”
During the past two decades Blanchette and Dolbeck have found many items with historical significance. They would like to someday create a museum in downtown Ticonderoga to display the artifacts.
The history enthusiasts have also been active on several other fronts. They were leaders in the recreation of Lord Howe’s death in Ticonderoga a decade ago and routinely bring history programs to area schools and historical societies.
They recently arranged a $600 donation to the Ticonderoga Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) from White Electronics. Dolbeck and Blanchette test metal detectors for White Electronics. Dolbeck was recently sent two detectors instead of one. When he tried to return one of the detectors, Ken White, president of the company, told him to keep it or sell it and give the proceeds to a local charity. Dolbeck decided to give the proceeds to the DAR.
Blanchette noted the support of Ken White, Allen Holcolmbe and Melissa Wise of White Electronics. The company, he said, played a key role in arranging the television appearance.