Jennifleur (jennifleur) wrote in abandonedplaces,

Maryland Countryside

I'm finally able to contribute - yay! (Even when I drive by an abandoned place I don't usually get to explore - it's not safe with a toddler in tow.) Anyway we were out on the east coast for the holidays and I finally got to visit the new property that my BIL/SIL bought a few years ago. It used to host a small community that is mostly no longer there. At the height of activity there was a post office, a grist mill, a saw mill, a community store and a few homes. The last building standing is the cobblers house.


It was built around 1830. It has never had any electricity wired in or working plumbing, however it was occupied up until the 1950's. My BIL/SIL met the nephew of the last woman to live there. He remembers visiting the place as a child but sadly didn't have any interesting stories to share (according to my BIL). After it was abandoned as a home the previous owner of the property stored hay on the bottom floor for his cattle.

My BIL/SIL hope someday to be able to afford to give it a proper foundation, restore the stone facade and gut the rest, putting in modern conveniences like running water and electricity. ;^) They would use it as a guest house. They built a new house a bit further up the hill to live in. You can see the cobblers cabin from their front windows. I loved getting to see this little slice of history and was thrilled to get a bit of back story.
Sorry I don't have a fancy camera or anything but you'll get the idea...

This is the side of the building. The little addition was added much later and was used as the kitchen area of the house. You can see the smaller slanting roof covering it.

The inside of the "kitchen".

Looking at one of the front windows.

Looking through the window in to what was the living room. The board covering the far window has a community of mud wasps living on it. The only time you can get near this place is in the winter when they're "sleeping" and the poison ivy is dormant.


The opening on the far right is actually where the front would go if it were still attached.

Looking right from the front door into the kitchen.

The view of the stairs from the front door. The posts supporting them have rotted out from the bottom along with all the flooring. I was bummed as I really wanted to go up to the second floor - but it absolutely was not safe.
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