Exploring forlorn and forgotten farmhouses

Historic brick house

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.

Sandstone foundation

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.

Brick floor

The basement has a brick floor.

federal mantel

Imagine the blazing fires that must have burned here. If only this mantel could talk!

window wells

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.

old barn

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!

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3 Comments

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    Jeanie April 8, 2013 (7:04 am)

    How sad! It at one time must have looked like the house on the hill! I loved my old house but as you said they could be a money pit to do what you would want to do!

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    Aunt Mary Ann April 9, 2013 (11:26 am)

    Can’t you just imagine how proud the lady of the house was when these houses were new?
    It’s so sad….Old houses and old barns just about break my heart.

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      Jennifer Kiko April 9, 2013 (12:06 pm)

      I know! You can see how special they were then and now to see what’s happened. 🙁 Wait until you see the next house. It was a grand old place but it needs a tremendous amount of help now.