Pen Mar News

The Pen Mar Historical Recovery Association, which has been meeting bi-monthly since 1980 is a non-profit organization composed of men and women interested in the responsible use of metal detecting as a hobby. Club meetings are normally held at the National Apple Museum in Biglerville on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month. Each meeting includes displays of items recently recovered with a metal detector, refreshments, and fellowship. An annual planted club hunt is held on the 1st Saturday of October, with additional hunts during the year. For more information or a membership application, contact Bill Hoffman at

Yearly Dues for membership in the Pen Mar Historical Recovery Association are $25.00 per year. This includes anyone in a family (husband, wife, and any children up to 18 years old), and single memberships. Dues may be mailed to William Hoffman, 2204 County Line Rd, York Springs, PA 17372, or paid at a club meeting. We welcome anyone to attend any club meeting, but if a person wants to be involved in the outside hunts during the year, display items found, etc, dues must be paid.

Refreshments will be available as usual. Coffee and sodas will be provided. The rest (snacks, cakes, goodies) will be up to members to provide. Please bring along some goodies for us to enjoy. Many thanks to all who have been faithful in helping out with refreshments at past meetings!

Upcoming Meetings:

April 14th, 2020 -- CANCELLED DUE TO VIRUS

June 9th, 2020 -- CANCELLED DUE TO VIRUS

August 11th, 2020 -- CANCELLED DUE TO VIRUS

October 3rd, 2020
Annual club hunt.

December 8th, 2020
Best of the year displays, election of officers for 2021

All the above scheduled club meetings will be at the National Apple Museum unless further noticed. Weather permitting there will be a seeded hunt at 6:30 PM, followed by the meeting at 7:00PM


On October 22, 2019 club members took part in an archaeological dig at an historic Gettysburg Civil war site. Many artifacts were recovered, including both Union and Confederate Minie Balls, 2 New York buttons, a nice carved bullet, and much more. All artifacts were donated and will be displayed at a local museum as a collection, noting that the collection was donated by members of the Pen Mar Historical Recovery Association.

The new officers for 2020 are as follows:

  • President, Bob Shockey
  • Vice President, Deb Thurbon
  • Treasurer, Bill Hoffman
  • Secretary, Curtis Meyers

The 2nd NC Inf. Civil War Reenactment Group collects scrap metal that it sells as their fundraising project. We donated about 75 pounds of scrap iron to them , mostly farm junk, from the October 22nd hunt. Anyone wanting to help the unit with your scrap dug junk, can bring the stuff to a club meeting, and Don will deliver it to the group commander, Bob Heistand.

Rodney Jarvis recently purchased 4 top of the line detectors to use when he retired. He became disabled, and will never be able to use them. They are either never used, or only used a couple times. They include a Minelab GPX 5000, never used, a Minelab CTX 3030, used a couple times, with extra coils, a Garrett ATX used a couple times, and an XP Deus. If you would be interested in any of these units at a very reasonable price, call Don Hinks, at (717) 334-1282.