January 4th, 2009

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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.

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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...
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Ontario Explorers!

I just finished browsing an excellent book that may be of help to some Ontario residents when looking for abandoned areas! It's called Ontario's Ghost Town Heritage, by Ron Brown. It gives you great historical information and exactly how to get to these ghost towns. Hope this comes in great use to you! :)
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I took these a couple of years ago in the Ocean View area of Norfolk, VA. This house is gone now. It and the other four in this little spot were torn down by a big shot realtor to build huge expensive houses that no one could afford. The last time I was there, those new houses were still empty. This house was my favorite in the sad little group there. Maybe it was the white picket fence. I didn't go in though because I was alone and it's not such a great neighborhood. I'm hoping to get some shots of some great abandoned farm house in the Ozarks this spring and summer. And in the meantime I'm keeping an eye out for places in the Kansas City area.
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