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Jan. 15th, 2006 | 02:18 pm
mood: amusedamused
music: Portishead - Sour Times
posted by: heatherizcool in abandonedplaces

Hi, this is my first post. I discovered this community the other night and after staying awake into the wee hours of the morning sifting through just a few of your amazing pictures I was inspired to go out and explore my first abandoned place. Clearly I'm new at this and a complete amateur with a camera, so be kind. :)

So anyway, there's this stone house on the way out to Woodbury (one town over from where my parents live in Watertown) that I've been obsessed with since I first drove by it when I was 15. All throughout high school I had friends in Woodbury so I was constantly driving out there, almost always at night, and this decrepit, half-built, fascinating house was the landmark letting me know I was finally almost in town. My dad seemed to know something about it back when I first noticed it, so yesterday before I went out there I asked about it again.


My father isn't even sure if this is true, so don't take it for historical fact, but he told me back before he married my mother (this is going back a good 25 years), he used to go on fishing trips with a buddy out that way and they would pass by the house. My dad asked his friend about it and this is the story he got: the property belonged to some old gangster named Joe Rock, from New York, who came up from there routinely and was building the house by hand. Dad also said the place was a lot bigger than it was back then, but I don't think he's seen it since he drove me to Woodbury in high school, because I can pretty certainly say there has been no progress made on the house in all the times I've driven by it in the past five years. Also, if the gangster was in his late fifties/early sixties near the end of the 1970's, he could easily be in his eighties or dead by now. I've never seen anyone there working on the place.


With all this in mind I headed over. The weather was extremely mild for Connecticut in January (52 degrees!) so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to do some exploration. I got some pretty good shots of the outside for not staying very long. The house is situated on a rather deadly curve on a road where all the cars fly, and since I was wary of the No Trespassing sign I tried to stay off the property (yes, I am that lame because I'm new at this, but also I had visions of some crotchety old gangster suddenly jumping out at me with a rifle) and really didn't want to get hit by a car. And, I had a healthy dose of the creeps. There were blankets of fog everywhere on the ride over, and the house isn't that far from this cornfield I've been creeped out by before, thanks to a midnight drive by when the stalks were high and I was listening to a song involving ghost girls and wolves in the corn... I have an overactive imagination. But I digress. The point is I was way too chicken to try going inside, but the house itself and the yard were interesting enough. Maybe sometime I'll go back when I'm not alone and actually try going inside. The infrastructure looks safe enough.

Now... pictures!

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Sorry the pictures are all different sizes, I had problems with Photobuck resizing all my pictures...


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There's the No Trespassing sign that I thought I'd gotten a closer shot of... oh well.

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This was across the street, and I thought it was kind of neat.

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I'm in love with that rusted staircase. If I do go back, I definitely want to get closer to it.

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There was some evidence that the place isn't completely abandoned -- I saw some stone piles that looked like they'd been recently put there, and the pile of bricks in the picture by the blue car look fairly new as well, but there was nothing I saw of the house that actually looked recently built. Maybe inside it's different.

Surprisingly enough, as I was leaving, a couple drove up and started poking around themselves, and the girl took a picture. For five years I've never seen anyone there, and in the space of ten minutes two different sets of people went out to investigate. Also, the second I got back in the car, a pouring rain started. Sufficiently creeped out and proud I'd actually done it, I left.

And went and bought a copy of Silent Hill 3.

I think it's safe to say I'm never sleeping again. :D

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and my little narration.

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Qlarue

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from: qlarue
date: Jan. 15th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
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Excellent first post. I am kind of the same way you are, a little afraid of the no tresspassing signs. Also, photobucket sucks with the automatic resizing but I haven't tried any other server yet. I'm sure you will get some ideas from other people though.

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Qlarue

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from: qlarue
date: Jan. 15th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
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If you go back and try to get inside, take a flashlight and another person just to be safe.

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the gothic gunslinger

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from: heatherizcool
date: Jan. 16th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I wasn't about to go in by myself -- besides my already rampant paranoia, it is just a common sense thing.

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Woodbury House

from: ohwell24
date: Mar. 14th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
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Check out the response (post) on the house that you took pictures of in Woodbury ...

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BigC

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from: short_line2
date: Jan. 15th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Love your Icon.

The best way to deal with servers resizing images is to resize them yourself before posting. This also gives you the ability to see how much resolution will be lost. Almost any photo manipulation program has an option to resize the images. Remember to always work on a copy not the original.

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the gothic gunslinger

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from: heatherizcool
date: Jan. 16th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
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I think Photobucket is lying to me. It told me any images over 512 kb will be resized. All my images were under that, but got resized anyway. I could be confusing myself along the way somewhere though...

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BigC

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from: short_line2
date: Jan. 16th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
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It used to be any larger than 256K. I think that they may have missed updateing some of the code when they uped the size.

Wish you luck.

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from: future_texan
date: Jan. 15th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
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I loved the write up, very interesting and amusing! It's always a curosity as to why these things are only half completed, why it looks like work just suddenly stopped, and why no one else even cared about the property. Even though it's not finished the house is still quite impressive. On a side note, since this might have been a gangster's place, I wonder if there is anything in the trunk of that car? :-)

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the gothic gunslinger

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from: heatherizcool
date: Jan. 16th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
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LMAO, oh God. A body. Or a bag full of money. And had I gone to look, the next thing you know Tony Soprano's henchmen were going to come out of the woods with guns...

I am quite glad I heeded the No Trespassing sign. LOL.

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spacenewt

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from: spacenewt
date: Jan. 15th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Great write up :¬)

What an unusual house... sort of Yorkshire farmhouse meets classical Greek temple...

I'd love to know more of the story behind it.

Thanks for exploring it and for posting the piccies.

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the gothic gunslinger

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from: heatherizcool
date: Jan. 16th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
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You're welcome. :)

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sukie

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from: sukieseven
date: Jan. 15th, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC)
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ooh, i love that place!!!

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Simpleton J. Brandyknickers

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from: ihaven0name
date: Jan. 15th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
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What is the song about ghost girls and wolves in the corn? It sounds cool. I love the house too.

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Crowley

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from: radiant_shadows
date: Jan. 15th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
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That's a great story. There are gangsters in CT?
You took some great pictures ms-I'm-a-complete-amateur-with-a-camera, they're extremely creepy and in some cases quite bizarre - especially the ones with the columns and the house in the same shot. Is the house actually made of bricks under all that stone cladding? And are the windows all intact?

Things to take with you if you go back:
1. Flashlight (pocket)
2. Radio (for static only)
3. Steel pipe (katana for preference)
4. Beef jerky (handier than you might think)

Try and find red glowy symbol things that make your head hurt. Just in case. And don't worry about the fog, it's normal.

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Swick

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from: harvey
date: Jan. 16th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
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Joke. See: Silent Hill.

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Jan. 16th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
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In the 1920's and 30's Conn. was considered neutral ground between the NYC and Boston gangsters. In the 1980's it became the home for a number of (reputed) Russian mobsters (and still is).

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babarambob

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from: babarambob
date: Jan. 15th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
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Fine reportage ~ but I'd say that's still an "active" site so beware ~ plus "no trespassing" signs mean you can be arrested.......

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Danielle

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from: staminiarose
date: Jan. 16th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
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Wow, nice shots. I had problems with Photobucket this morning myself, and I had to resize them with Photoshop. I'd be cautious too entering the house...the No Tresspassing sign plus the fact that it looks like the stairs are going to fall in...I might just take a steel pipe with me when I look for abandoned places.
(Also suffers from an overactive imagination)

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Jan. 16th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
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Great start for a first post. This is an addicting hobby, as I'm sure you'll discover. The creep show feelings are one of the thrills of the game. You never can be sure what you'll find in places like these.

Oh just a suggestion for Photobucket. It's actually easier to resize and change the pixel rate before uploading them. Photobucket can be caprious about that on ocassion.

Well done.

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vilepanda

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from: vilepanda
date: Jan. 16th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
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Wow, cool.

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Cadillac Joe's House

from: ohwell24
date: Mar. 7th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Truth Can Be Stranger than Fiction (Especially In This Case) ….

A Man’s Life Long Dream - First, let me start out by saying that when you stand and look at this stone house, you are looking at a man’s life-long dream. Each stone was laid and set in place by either the hand of “Cadillac Joe” or the hand of his brother Marty (Joe always called him by his given name “Martin” – We as kids always called him Marty Boom-Boom). For over the past 40 years Cadillac Joe has toiled in building the home that he would hope to someday retire to, but with the passing of time and as Joe is now approaching his 80’s, that dream will never be fully realized, but the work perhaps continues at a much slower rate. The cost has been high as just above the stone wall that is across the street and where the bulldozer bucket now rests, is the same spot where his older brother Martin died while working on “the Woodbury property” for his younger brother.

Respect and Honor the Dream! – If you should go to look, admire or even laugh, please keep in mind that you are looking at a man’s life-long dream. Seldom will come a time in your life where you can see and envision a GOOD man’s dream in such a small corner of our earth! Take your pictures and leave only your foot prints behinds! If you are lucky enough, you might even meet Joe as it is rumored that he still may travel north to his property on occasion to continue on with his labor of love.

To the Town of Woodbury – In having traveled to Woodbury recently, it is rumored that the property has been condemned due to not “being built to code”. It is also been mentioned that it might be torn down once Joe passes …. I truly hope if this not the case. The town has been blessed for many years by the legacy of Cadillac Joe and perhaps it would be more fitting to honor both his memory and the memory of his brother by leaving it in place for others to see, wonder and RESPECT!

Footnote: Although “Cadillac Joe” is not his actual name – I will allow this given nickname to remain intact out of respect to him and his family. I have known Joe for over fifty years and he and his brother are and remain good men and men of virtue. To this point I highly doubt the gangster connection …. But then again, one truly never knows!

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