corinn (corinn) wrote in abandonedplaces,

Near Fort Monroe, VA, USA

SO glad this comm was spotlighted, I love it already. Finally, someone with which to share my love for random old places!

I haven't seen any pictures of waterfront abandonment, so I tossed this together. Hopefully, it's suitable for this comm. I think the only sequence of questionable abandonment is of the old pier; if it isn't suitable, just let me know (politely) and I'll remove that part.

All right, these were taken 4-1-2007, I think. Somewhere around there. Anyway, I was visiting my brother in Virginia for a military function of his at Fort Eustis. My flight got canceled, and Continental footed the bill to keep me there an extra day, so I went exploring with my bro and dad. We tried to go to Fort Monroe, but were turned away at the gate. I forget why the base was closed, but whatever. On the way back over the Water Street Bridge, I glimpsed some waterfront ruins, and made my dad pull over so I could photograph them. They're so curious; I've never managed to figure out exactly what they were, despite there being a Historical Landmark plate.

The first set of photos was taken HERE. If you look at the GoogleMap in satellite mode, you can see the foundations for whatever was there, both on land and in the water. IF ANYONE KNOWS WHAT THE HELL THIS PLACE WAS, PLEASE TELL ME! I've been trying to figure it out for nearly two years.

Civil War Landmark placard. I have no clue if the bridge mentioned is related to the ruins, or not.

Wooden supports are all that remains in the water. What did they hold up...?

There was evidence of a brick building having once been at that location; you can see the foundation (with concrete floor) in the GoogleMap. All that remains of any walls is crumbled on the bank of the bay.

Closeup of the crumbled wall.

More wood, farther out in the water. This is what the GoogleMap shows as a skeletal rectangle with no contact with the beach.

A small set of supports. This is directly below the bottom corner of that odd rectangle of land that juts out of the shore on the GoogleMap.

This is the area closest to the modern bridge to Fort Monroe. The supports crawl out of the water and go on shore for a bit, tapering off where a building once stood. There are a lot more intact wooden supports here. Also, beware the attack geese! They chased me, the bastards. Grr. *respects self-defense capabilities of water fowl after having been bitten by one as a child*

One of my favorite of the set. This looks like it was a long, narrow dock of some sort. It's on the northern edge of the area dense with supports, and extends out almost twice as far as the dense area. The big brick building and water tower in the background are part of Fort Monroe.

My pet theory right now is that whatever building was sitting next to the bridge was part of Fort Monroe. My reasons for thinking that are rather paltry: Red brick was used in most the buildings I saw from the guard gate on the island, and it's the perfect location to guard the bridge from. Locals, please educate me!

Anyway, we continued driving around, going north on Mallory Street, until we ended up at Buckroe Park. I saw a pier that was fenced off, and decided to do some exploring. The GoogleMap makes it look like it may be open now, but at the time the entrance was all fenced off and said DANGER. The map also makes it look like there may have been a building up there at one point; if there was, it was gone before I saw the place, and I wasn't able to actually get on the pier to investigate. It looked like they were trying to restore it up top, then realized the bottom needed help, too. My dad (an engineer) said some of the supports for the pier looked a bit bowed and rotted. Everyone on the beach was avoiding it like the plague... so naturally, I started investigating. While not completely abandoned, it was still really weathered, and looked like someone forgot they were restoring it and left in the middle of the job.

A view from the side. You can see the new rails plain as day.


Facing Chesapeake Bay along the south side of the pier. Note the age of the supports.

Looking south from under the pier. Yes, I was a bad girl and went there even though it was a bit creaky. My dad thought I was a bit nuts.

Under the pier. Some of the supports are at slightly odd angles compared to others in their row.

My favorite shot. Looking straight out from beneath the center of the pier, to where some old, ruined wooden supports straggle into the bay.

Finally, we drove slowly north up First Street, so I could photograph beach houses. (I really like beach houses, no two are ever alike!) They were almost all on stilts, and I found one gorgeous house that was abandoned and condemned.

Signs closer to the street and to either side of the property warned people not to approach the house because the supports and deck were rotted out and very likely to collapse. I hope someone saved the house instead of just demolishing the whole thing. The house itself looks rather sturdy... The house is probably gone, now; I saw a couple empty lots along the street on GoogleMaps. Sad.

EDIT! I found the house on GoogleMaps (last house on the shoreline), and they even have a street view of it. (You can drag and drop the little person icon down the street, or click the white arrows to do the same, and look at the other fabulous beach houses, if you're interested in them! Be sure to look at both sides of the street. Creative use of balconies is popular.) Depending on when the picture was taken, it looks like someone may be fixing the place up!

Sadly, I only got the one photo because my family was impatient with all the photography I was doing, and they wouldn't stop to let me run around and take a pic from the beach. D= "You'll take another half hour to take pictures! We're bored! We're going to Yorktown, you can take pictures there!"

Hopefully, I'll be able to snag some interesting stuff in Baker, CA, the next time I drive through the desert to Vegas. I saw some interesting stuff when I went through over Thanksgiving-- abandoned fast food joints, motels, and auto repair shops. It's like a partial ghost town in some parts.
Tags: abandoned places, ne usa, photography
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