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Yarmouth’s Runic Stone part of Curse of Oak Island episode

Stars and film crew from the Curse of Oak Island visited the Yarmouth County Museum last summer to shoot a film segment for the show.
Stars and film crew from the Curse of Oak Island visited the Yarmouth County Museum last summer to shoot a film segment for the show. - Contributed

Program’s crew came to local area in summer of 2018 for filming

YARMOUTH, N.S. —

Last August, the Curse of Oak Island film crew arrived at the Yarmouth County Museum & Archives in unmarked vehicles and asked everyone involved with a filming segment to sign non-disclosure agreements.

The staff sealed their lips and the secret was safe for close to six months. On Feb. 3, the episode that included the museum’s popular relic, the Runic Stone, finally aired.

Museum director Nadine Gates says historian Terry Deveau took the film crew to the nearby Overton Stone several years ago and mentioned the Runic Stone at that time.

Stars and film crew from the Curse of Oak Island visited the Yarmouth County Museum last summer to shoot a film segment for the show.
Stars and film crew from the Curse of Oak Island visited the Yarmouth County Museum last summer to shoot a film segment for the show.

“All the little discoveries they made on Oak Island, they investigate further,” said Gates. “With the discovery of an inscribed stone (on Oak Island), they thought that the inscriptions might be similar to those on our Runic Stone.”

The Overton Stone, located about a kilometre west from the end of the Churn Road near Yarmouth, has a cross and some leaves carved on it.

Oak Island stars Rick and Marty Lagina looked at the stone inscription to see if it might help prove that Portuguese explorers with connections to the Knights Templar are behind the Oak Island mystery.

The Runic Stone was discovered in 1812 by Yarmouth’s Dr. Fletcher on his property at the head of Yarmouth harbour. It was moved to a local hotel, then a library. Shortly before the First World War, the stone travelled to Christianna (now Oslo) for an international expo. From there it went to London, England, for several years of storage during the war and finally returned to Yarmouth in 1918. In the 1960s it was moved to its present location at the museum.

There are many theories as to the origin and content of the 13-character inscription on the face of the 400-pound stone.

Gates says the show’s team was on site for several hours.

“They were a really great bunch of guys,” she said.

She added that Alex (Lagina) was very interested in the museum and Yarmouth and hadn’t visited the town before.

Gates presented him with the book Historic Yarmouth, written by Eric Ruff and Laura Bradley, and they were each given an “I saw the Light” t-shirt.

The Curse of Oak Island is an active reality television series that first premiered in Canada on the History network on Jan. 5, 2014. The show follows brothers Marty and Rick Lagina, originally from Kingsford, Michigan, through their efforts to find the speculated treasure or historical artifacts believed to be on Oak Island.

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