Marshall Foundation to “Reveal” Beale’s Treasure

Since the publication of The Beale Papers in 1885, many people have been fascinated by treasure valued recently at $63 million that’s supposedly buried near Montvale, in Bedford County, Virginia.

Three ciphers written by Thomas Beale tell the location, contents and heirs of the treasure he is credited with burying from 1819 to 1821. To date only one of the ciphers has been solved. William Friedman, who was the U.S. master codebreaker during World War II, worked on the ciphers and did not solve them.

The public is invited to attend a special, one-time only presentation on Saturday, June 20, at 1:00 pm, when Thomas Jefferson Beale will once again appear at the Marshall Museum to talk about the treasure, the ciphers, and perhaps the location of the treasure.

Mr. Beale, as portrayed by Tim Flagg, will answer questions after his presentation and the showing of a short film about the Beale Treasure. Bedford resident, Tim Flagg, has portrayed Beale on stage and in several film productions aired on BBC, the Travel Channel and PBS.

This event is a part of the Codebreaking sequence of the new Marshall Legacy Series.

Register by calling the Marshall Museum at (540) 463-2083.

Individuals who wish to learn more about American and British codebreaking during WWII can view the current exhibition “Partners in Code” and watch several videos and films that will be shown in the lower gallery of the Marshall Museum through July 4. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.