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Relic hunting and metal detecting are now prohibited in Washington Township PA (Franklin County)
Diggers Beware- Relic hunting and metal detecting are now prohibited in Washington Township parks. Last week, township supervisors unanimously approved the rule change for multiple parks, including Red Run Park, Antietam Meadow Park, Bailey’s Run Recreation Area and Happel’s Meadow Wetlands.
Relic hunting and metal detecting were already prohibited at Monterey Pass Battlefield. The rule states that relic hunting and metal detecting are prohibited except when written permission is given by the chairman or the board of supervisors.
Michael Christopher, township manager, noted he wanted to make the rule consistent for all the parks.
“We had a situation two weeks ago, where people were digging in Happel’s Meadow,” said Christopher, who believes they were most likely looking for Civil War relics. “At that time we had no provision to stop the activity.”