the time of Captain Kidd's death many rumors have surfaced
indicating that his treasure may be buried in New Jersey.
He claimed to have buried 40,000 British pounds, of which
only 10,000 pounds have been found. When gold pieces were
discovered on Gardiners Island off Long Island, New York,
many people became excited and believed more treasure was
buried nearby in New Jersey.
are several beaches in New Jersey where Captain Kidd's
treasure may be buried. Here are some of the most popular
rumored places, and some local stories.
ago, pirates loved to come and dock at Cape May because
the cape had many marshes and creeks where they could hide.
These buccaneers would wait for a ship heading to Philadelphia
to come into the bay, and they would come out from their
hiding place, attack the ship, and steal its cargo.
place Captain Kidd's treasure could be buried is in Del
Haven. Maps and newly discovered documents point to the
town. If the maps are right, it would be located under
a present-day office complex.
legends suggest that there is pirate treasure buried at
Cape May Point. One story says a man in charge of a life
saving station noticed a ship offshore. According to the
eyewitness, men left the ship and went ashore on a yawl
(a small boat). They disappeared behind some sand dunes
and came out with a treasure chest. After they brought
the treasure chest to the ship, they sailed away. This
may or may not have been Captain Kidd's treasure. When
the story spread, people started to dig on the beaches.
who did not stop at Cape May often stopped at Ocean City.
The location allowed
them to look out for British authorities. From their vantage
point in Ocean City, the pirates also had time to set sail
and escape arrest. Captain Kidd may have stopped here on
his way to Boston because he could safely bury his treasure
and avoid capture.
1948, a lobsterman found old gold coins on the beach of
the Highlands. This started a gold rush, and locals and
people from all over came to dig on the beach. By the end
of the week, a large number of gold coins had been found.
originally thought the coins were the treasure of Captain
Kidd. Upon further evaluation, however, it was determined
they were made after his time: the coins are dated 1730,
but Captain Kidd was hanged in 1701. It is believed that
the coins came from a British frigate ship that sank nearby.
Kidd anchored off of Sandy Hook during his final trip to
New York and Boston. Many people think Kidd buried his
treasure here, not knowing if the governor in Boston would
help him or not. Captain Kidd supposedly buried his treasure
in a grove of pine trees, but the trees were destroyed
years ago. No one knows where the trees were located.
to legend, Captain Kidd buried his treasure somewhere in
Barnegat Bay. Then he beheaded one of his crewmembers to
watch over it because he wanted to make sure no one stole
it before he returned. Though Captain Kidd never came back
for the treasure, the ghost of the crewmember is still
there. People have said they have seen him walking on the
beach and in the marshes.
Beach is located on the border of Monmouth and Middlesex
counties near Aberdeen.
the time of Captain Kidd there was an island near Cliffwood
Beach called Money Island. Spanish gold coins were found
there, which was how it got its name. The island has since
eroded into the Raritan Bay. Nearby, there is a lake called
Treasure Lake. More gold coins were found here, which is
why its name changed from Duck Pond to Treasure Lake.
are other clues indicating that Captain Kidd's treasure
might be buried here. Two giant elm trees stood nearby.
They were called Kidd's Rangers. One was near the mouth
of the Matawan Creek. The other was located in Rose Hill,
which is now a cemetery. Legend says these trees were used
to guide Kidd to his treasure. The treasure is believed
to be in the middle of the trees. Coincidentally, Cliffwood
Beach is located in the same spot - between the same two