Treasure hunt. The legend of the "lost gold" began in the late 1700's during the French and Indian War. Presumably, a group of French soldiers were transporting a large amount of gold and silver when they came across a group of British soldiers. They buried the gold and noted the nearby landmarks. The French never returned to retrieve their loot. The landmarks, such as a deer carved into a tree and another tree with a rock in it's branch, were found in Minerva, and people have been searching for the gold since the 1830's. If you plan on doing some treasure hunting, rumor has it that the gold is buried southwest of Augusta Road and Ridge Road.