Rick and Marty Lagina are originally from Dickinson County and have been interested in the mysteries of Oak Island for most of their lives.
â??Started when we were youngsters; I was 11 and my brother was 8,â?? said Rick Lagina, resident of Iron Mountain. â??I got the Reader's Digest article and saw the Oak Island story, and I was captivated.â??
In 1795, three boys discovered a hole on Oak Island, located off the coast of Nova Scotia in Canada, and began finding interesting artifacts. Over 200 years later, the search for hidden mysteries, and possibly treasure, continues. When the Lagina brothers first visited the island, they knew it was different.
â??That was the first time I thought, â??You know what, we'll be back,â??â?? Lagina said. â??Oak Island is like a 1,000 piece puzzle with 400 pieces missing. Not only do you have to fit the pieces that you have into the puzzle, but you have to find pieces to put in the puzzle, and that's the intrigue for me-- it's the who, what, when, where, why, and how. For my brother, he's a little more captivated by the possibility of treasure, so we come together quite well.â??
They now own close to 80 percent of the island and are continuing their excavations, which has led the History Channel to produce a show about their endeavors. It's called â??The Curse of Oak Islandâ??.
â??The curse is that all of the original oaks must die and seven people must die in pursuit of the treasure, and currently all the original oaks are gone and six people have passed away tragically,â?? Lagina said.
But what exactly are the Lagina brothers searching for?
â??There are four or five very credible theories, and that's what's so intriguing about the island. Even today we don't know what we're looking for,â?? Lagina said.
Some have suspected treasures from Solomonâ??s temple, the Holy Grail, or pirate treasure, among other ideas. But Rick hopes his and Martyâ??s interest and investment with the island will lead others to follow in their footsteps.
â??Thereâ??ve been ups and downs, but the thing that keeps you enthralled is simply the fact that it constantly asks you questions. Thatâ??s the thrill, that's what keeps, not only ourselves, but perhaps future seekers, enthralled with the island. Hopefully no one will suffer the Curse of Oak Island,â?? Lagina said.
The show airs on the History Channel Sundays at 10/9CT. You can visit the show website here.