Monday, August 27, 2018

Uninhabited

I have driven by this old property several times as it is just south of where I live. In the summer with the trees you are likely to miss it. On a recent drive by,  I noticed a new metal gate across the overgrown driveway. I tracked down the owner and asked permission to take some photos. He seemed unconcerned and told me to go ahead. He said he put up the gate as people were illegally dumping stuff. Some people...

I came back a couple days later, properly dressed in long pants and covered in bug spray. I do not like the idea of walking through overgrown bushes and thistles in shorts. Also there could be ticks and crawly things. I remember it being hot and muggy that day. The only sounds were the insects and the birds and the occasional vehicle heading by on the gravel, oblivious to me poking around. Probably better that way.

There was the usual homestead finds. A house, barn, granary, shed, outhouse and a bunch of unidentified metal machinery hidden in the undergrowth. All surrounded by a trees, except beside the barn which opened up to a farmers field.

I didn't get any history on the place, the owner was friendly enough but not chatty so I did not want to push my luck.

The Barn

Inside the barn

Granary

Granary and shed

The House

Back of  the house

It used to be red....or pink.

Inviting foyer
Thing 1

Thing 2

Photos taken June 18, 2018.


26 comments:

  1. I always hate to see all the materials and work of our predecessors going to waste, but nothing of man lasts for long.

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  2. ...first off your header image is gorgeous. Old abandoned place have so much appeal, I hope you didn't step on any rusty nails!

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    1. Thanks Tom! Made it out safe and sound, no tetanus shots needed.

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  3. What a great place to explore!

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    1. Thanks Vicki, I always wish I could see a 'before' picture. When people lived and played and worked here. I bet it was a lively homestead.

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  4. Interesting place to look around. One wonders why it was deserted.

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    1. Thanks John, I wonder why too but like a lot of these places, the younger generation probably didn't want to farm and moved away.

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  5. What an interesting place to find and explore. Too bad the owner was a chatty person, it would have been interesting to hear what he had to say.
    Nice captures, Jenn and have a wonderful week.

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    1. Hi Bill, thanks. I find lots of people willing to chat, this guy just didn't seem to want to. I was probably nervous that I was being a nuisance also haha!

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  6. It doesn't take long for nature to reclaim.

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    1. Hi William, that is for sure. It amazes me how quickly these places change once the humans are gone.

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  7. i wonder why it was abandoned like that. Love the header, Jenn.

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    1. Thanks Marie! Not sure, probably no one to take over the farm. That seems to be the case a lot of the time.

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  8. An old wooden granary -- don't see those around too much anymore. My Dad had two great, funny stories about being on work crews moving wooden granaries. Both involved rats. No, really -- they were hilarious!

    I love your header photo of the wheat against the setting sun -- beautiful! I bet you sat on the ground to get that angle.

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    1. Hi Debra! Yes, I don't see old wooden granaries often. Rats....eeeeek! I am glad we live in a rat free province.
      LOL, yes I was definitely at a low angle for that shot, I am so happy with how it turned out! Thank you!

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  9. Thing one and thing two made me smile Jenn 😊 So interesting to see inside, the imagination goes wild thinking about what it was once like and why it was abandoned.

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    1. HI PDP, I often wonder if the people that once lived in these places ever drive by. It must be sad to see it in such a state.
      LOL I bet someone out there knows what Thing 1&2 are!

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    2. My two grandchildren love Dr Seuss 😀😀

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    3. My son does too, or did, he would say he is too old now lol!

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  10. You are very brave to go wandering into such an old place! The stories that place could tell!

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    1. Hi RedPat, sometimes my imagination gets the best of me in these places. I make sure to always tell someone where I am lol!

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    1. Hi Adam, almost! I have to take photos while I can.

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  12. Great pictures! I love how green and vibrant everything is. It looks like the pants and bug spray were probably a good call.

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    1. HI Danielle, definitely a good call! It was muggy and buggy as heck in there!

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