Here are some snapshots of the old farm area I was poking around in recently. I metal detected there for a short while one day, and went back and poked around the place with my friend Gregg on another day.
Metal detecting, I only found aluminum cans, nails, and a hunk of melted lead. It's one of those situations in which I feel there must be some interesting stuff there, but there is so much junk in the ground that hunting for it is very frustrating. There are lots of cans, and also coal, which often makes my detector ring. Also, it has the problem that I've often encountered in farm fields: much of the ground just seems to make the detector ring for no reason at all, like it's heavily mineralized, or full of buckshot, or something.
There are a number of small ponds on the property, but I don't think it's likely they hold fish--they are small and mossy (mossy in the summer, at least.) However, I haven't found all the ponds yet, and there are barns and other structures I haven't looked at, including shomething that shows up in satellite photos that might be some kind of dam or mill spot on a nearby creek. There are also lots of woods and fields, and I'm interested in going back to explore some more before it's developed into the new parkland.
The tobacco hanging in the barn wasn't there the first time I visited, or at least, I'm pretty sure it wasn't. Gregg and I tried to figure out whether it was still good. Much of it was extremely dry and crumbly, more desiccated than we thought would be useful, so I don't know if anyone is coming back for it. I'm completely ignorant of tobacco farming.