Investigations

Flint Lock Rifle

The Case:

Mercer County Historical Society has in its possession a late 18th century flint-lock rifle, which, according to local lore, once belonged to legendary Tory bandit Moses Doane.

August, 1783.  The American revolution is winding down. But in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a gang of loyalist saboteurs supporting the British crown still runs wild: the Doane gang.

Local authorities finally track the Doanes to an isolated cabin. They’re surrounded, and a shootout ensues. When the smoke clears, their leader, Moses Doane, is dead. The gang leaves their legend, and maybe something else behind.

The Society would like to know: was this the gun of one of the most infamous bandits operating to undermine the birth of our nation?

The History Detectives travel west of Philadelphia, our nation 's first capital, to uncover the truth behind this myth.

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Aired:
Season 1, Episode 10

Detective:
Elyse Luray Detective:
Wes Cowan Location:
Mercer, Pennsylvania

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