How the paint pot was found

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was told to Mary Ann Stratton, at the Kishacoquillas Valley Historical Society Museum in Allensville, by David C. Peachey, of Oakland, Md. Stratton, president of the KVHS at that time, said a group of 10 including David C. and Elizabeth Peachey, their children and grandchildren, visited the museum around 2012, and he told her this story.

By David C. Peachey

I am 83 years old, and my only goal in coming to the KVHS today was to see the paint pot that I found when I was 12 or 13.

At the time, I was living with my parents on a farm a few miles south of Allensville, where Joe Detweiler now lives. My family farmed with horses and, sometimes when we didn’t use the horses for a while, we would put them out to pasture next to the woods and, when needed it was my job to bring them back to the barn. The horses had worn a path down over the bank and each time I would lead them home, they would kick up dirt. One time I was down over the bank and this round stone caught my attention so I picked it up, washed it, and took it to Noah Detweiler (1876-1950), who had a big collection of Indian artifacts.

I sold it to Noah for, I think, around 50 cents. That was just the bottom part. A year later, I was coming down the same trail and I saw another round stone. So I took it to show Detweiler and when we put the top on the bottom part, it was a perfect fit. It turns out it was the lid. I remember when I wet my finger and run it around the inside of the pot, my finger would be red.

Around 1998, Detweiler had a sale of his Indian artifacts collection and, since I was living in Maryland at the time, I was determined to come to the sale and buy it back. We drove four hours just to get here and I bid on it for some time, then quit. (Auctioneer) Mark Glick saw that I was disappointed and told me that the artifact will be in a place where a lot of people can see it. Now that I had a chance to make the trip to the Kishacoquillas Historical Society Museum and show my family, especially my grandchildren, the paint pot, I am glad it is in your museum.