Exploring forlorn and forgotten farmhouses
There was a farm auction over the weekend — three individual farms for sale, two with homes. Beautiful, historic brick homes. I suppose beautiful is a matter of opinion, but you can see the potential, can’t you? We had a chance to step inside these abandoned masterpieces. I snapped a couple of photos so I could share the experience.
Though history is evident on the outside of this one, there’s little left of the original character on the inside. There are hints, though. You just have to look.
Look at that foundation and those perfect sand stones. I don’t know much of anything about masonry work, but this looks like a superb job to me, even after a century has gone by.
The basement has a brick floor.
Imagine the blazing fires that must have burned here. If only this mantel could talk!
Deep window wells and a few of the original panes of glass. The wood floors are still visible in the hallway, though the floor slopes at a rather alarming angle. Most everything else, though, has been removed and repaired and covered with vinyl, or wallpapered with the dingy remnants of the 1980s.
It would take an awful lot of work and hundreds of thousands of dollars to make the needed repairs. I don’t know the fate of this relic but I hope it can be saved. I’d guess many people would assume its fate is sealed, but oh, it has good bones. Yeah, I know, a few broken bones, too. But you can feel history oozing from every dark corner.
It’s quiet and remote and … forlorn. But I love it, just the same. I’m a sucker for old houses. It’s a good thing I’m broke or I’d be sorely tempted to start collecting these abandoned treasures just for the joy of giving them new life. Alas, my imagination will have to suffice!
Tomorrow I’ll take you inside this one …
If only walls could talk!