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May. 21st, 2010 | 10:43 am
posted by: benkenobigal in abandonedplaces

Long time reader - first time poster!

Back in the 90s, the Virginia Renaissance Fair was held in Fredericksburg. It was too close to swamp land and a couple bad summers (too much rain and blistering heat) meant the place went belly up in just a few years. They moved it to a nicer location, but in doing so they simply abandoned their little village.

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After a long walk down a path...
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You come to the ticket building.
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The bridge over the entrance.
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A lot of the outside still looks good...
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But the inside...
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Cool buildings just left
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Looks like someone left in a hurry...
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A favorite...
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Yes! That's a boat! They used to perform shows -- including diving into the pond.
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The pony rides took place here.
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The remains of the church
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I don't think they're open for business...
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All better made than I imagined...
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The woods are slowly reclaiming...
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Good luck...
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Hope you enjoyed. :)

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Jkily

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from: jkily
date: May. 21st, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
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I loved this set! I've attended the Ren Faire in Arizona... so not only is it cool to see what a Ren Faire looks like with trees and greenery, but its abandoned at that.

Awesome set. Thanks for posting.

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Using stars as icecubes in my moonlight punch

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from: kaelstra
date: May. 21st, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Wow, these were awesome!

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The Mistlethrush

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from: gairid
date: May. 21st, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Wow, what a great set! I atteneded the Ren Faire at Sterling FOrest (Tuxedo NY) for years...I imagine it would look like this if it were abandoned.

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Blue

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from: bluewillowtree
date: May. 22nd, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
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I was also thinking how much these buildings look like the ones in Sterling Forest! The green-and-white one captioned "A Favorite" looks so much like the place near the Ye Olde Food Court where they sell silver jewelry and wine glasses and flasks...

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Kristi

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from: dampscribbler
date: May. 21st, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
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It strikes me that humans are incredibly weird, to put that much effort into building something beautiful and then just abandon it. A little more effort would have told them that the location wouldn't work, and a somewhat different effort would have allowed this cool space to be used for something else when it wouldn't work for its original intent.

Thanks for the pics, I really enjoyed them.

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dusty

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from: dustybinx
date: May. 21st, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
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I agree. I cannot imagine just walking away from an investment like this.

Great pics.

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Rach

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from: violetskyy04
date: May. 21st, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
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beautiful! I always go to the Maryland one and I've heard of the Virginia Fair but never known anyone that went to it. It looks like it was probably neat, I love the boat on the pond. They should restore it or perhaps add the boat element to the Maryland one, I doubt the Maryland one will ever add anything at this point. It has been the same for a good 20 years now.

Awesome pictures!

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Wonderland's Girl

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from: benkenobigal
date: May. 21st, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
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The reason I stopped going to the MD Ren-Fest is because it was the same year after year.

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Christina

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from: rainshowers
date: May. 21st, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Very cool!

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Erin

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from: mmmbrains
date: May. 21st, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
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That is Great!!!

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Neeters

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from: kenderkin
date: May. 21st, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
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Great shots!

I remember seeing a set of pictures from this site about 8 years ago. I can't believe it's still held up so well, even with that additional time being abandoned.

I wonder if the place is still for sale. It was for sale about 8-10 years ago for less than $2mill. I wonder what it would be today. Hmmm....

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Wonderland's Girl

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from: benkenobigal
date: May. 21st, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
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The "For Sale" sign is still there. So I guess no one has bought yet...

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Isabelle

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from: dancingdiva1004
date: May. 21st, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
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I love this! I've been to three different Ren Faires and have gone to the Sterling Renaissance Festival religiously for the past five years. It was great to see the modern recreation of the culture deteriorating in Europe deteriorating itself...what irony!

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carmidoll

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from: carmidoll
date: May. 21st, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
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This is so fascinating!! Living in a little town in Italy which preserved exactly its appearance since the Renaissance (Urbino), it's intriguing to see how people from Virginia imagined the all thing. Thanks for these!

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ladyofshalott06

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from: ladyofshalott06
date: May. 21st, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
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Very VERY cool. :)

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pegasus2o5

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from: pegasus2o5
date: May. 21st, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
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These are fascinating. I wanted to especially congratulate you on the shot of the vine in the window, that is awesome photography.

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Mattie

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from: mattie
date: May. 21st, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
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IA - what a gorgeous pic! Adding my thanks for sharing the set, too. Very cool subject, OP!

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from: nehmet
date: May. 21st, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
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So beautiful and so sad. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous set!

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atomgal

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from: atomgal
date: May. 21st, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
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This is so cool! If I had unlimited amounts of money, I'd buy it and turn it into a haunted village at Halloween.

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Wonderland's Girl

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from: benkenobigal
date: May. 21st, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
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And I'd go there every Halloween and make you tons of money! :)

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Indoor Girl

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from: unholypassion
date: May. 21st, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
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I enjoyed each and every picture of this wonderful set. That boat looks like so much fun, I'll bet it was the highlight of the faire. I wonder if the village is too far gone to preserve at this point. it's such a shame, because obviously a great deal of work went into it..

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from: eightballons
date: May. 21st, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
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This was so cool. Thank you for posting it!
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_drain_

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from: _drain_
date: May. 21st, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
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awesome! makes me wish i had gone when it was still there, but i'd almost rather see it now :D

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B!tch

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from: zombieporno
date: May. 21st, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
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Love this. Makes me miss going. Bristol, WI's Faire looks very similar. I imagine they all do, though. Thanks for sharing!

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buckle up, buttercup

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from: withluckysevens
date: May. 21st, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Where in Fredericksburg is this? I never noticed it!

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Wonderland's Girl

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from: benkenobigal
date: May. 21st, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
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This is on Rte 3 East (Kings Highway) by Sherwood Forest. Appropriately named, eh? :) As you drive, you'll see the big sign (the 1st photo I posted). I was coming from Woodbridge (north), so the sign was on my left.

If you go, wait for a day that isn't scorching hot. I nearly fainted in the heat! :) The quiet and eerieness of the place is well worth it though!

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windy_nocturne

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from: windy_nocturne
date: May. 21st, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
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Gawd, I would love to stage a costumed photo shoot there!

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Wonderland's Girl

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from: benkenobigal
date: May. 21st, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
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As long as it wasn't in mid-summer!! Virginia, summer and costumes don't work for long! :)

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smoking catnip and chasing my tail

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from: jettcat
date: May. 21st, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
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I could easily see renting that as is for LARPs.

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Wonderland's Girl

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from: benkenobigal
date: May. 21st, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
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You'd have to be careful of the broken glass and broken boards...

Lots of places to run around and hide though! :)

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Sylken Whyspers

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from: softlywhispered
date: May. 21st, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
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Wow, it looks like they're just waiting to clean it up and start season in a few weeks. Sad to see it down, but hey, sometimes they move site.

I'm a Florida wench and have visited many of the Eastern Circuit's treasures, but never this one. I'm sad as those buildings look like they were well built. But I have to say this.. MANY RenFaires look alike. Right down to the handwriting on the walls.

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Aberforth!

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from: charming_goats
date: May. 22nd, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
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The performers from the old VA Renfaire banded together after the owners ditched the faire and are now running a new VA Renfaire as a non-profit down in the Lake Anna area. They don't have the perm buildings like the old site, but like I said, it's many of the same performers.

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: May. 21st, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Looks like it would be a nice woodsy place to live except I'd suspect the land is prohibitively expensive. That's my guess as to what's stopping it from being developed into anything else.

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Wonderland's Girl

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from: benkenobigal
date: May. 21st, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
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The last time someone called and asked how much the land was going for, it was $1.5 million.

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themenow

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from: themenow
date: May. 21st, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Very cool, but sad too. I'm really intrigued by abandoned amusement parks (and ren faires apparently!). I used to live near Panama City Beach, FL and in the early 80s there were several abandoned amusement parks. They always seemed to bizarre to me. I'd love to do more research on abandoned amusement parks.

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Wonderland's Girl

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from: benkenobigal
date: May. 21st, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
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In amusement parks the quiet is even more eerie!!! I have a very vivid imagination and I can almost hear the Scooby Doo themes when I walk through them. :)

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