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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The mystery of the abandoned farm house


Because I don't have to enough to think about right now, I've decided to try and figure out this abandoned stone farm house located about 4 miles from where I grew up in Western Pennsylvania. Over the years, I drove past this place every time I went home to visit my family and watched it slowly morph from a charming, albeit a bit tattered, home into the sad state now before you. On my most recent trip home this past weekend, I turned my mom into an accomplice and we went exploring since it was now very obvious that the house had been abandoned. We drove up and poked around for a bit, exploring the now-derelict site. I took a bunch of pictures and then came back home to Virginia and started digging through some books to see if I could identify a bit more about the architecture and time line of the house. What I'd like to do is figure out the family who originally built it and see if I can get it documented for posterity's sake by some sort of Historic Architecture and Building Survey before the whole thing falls prey to the elements. Should be fun!

5 comments:

Phil Mark, Director of Preservation said...

Only if you had friends who did this kinda stuff for a living...

L. said...

Good point...hmm, anyone feel like volunteering? Bueller........Bueller?

Christine said...

Um - and I work with HABS folks - a big happy National Park Service family. I'll shoot an email off to one of my HABS connections...

M said...

Believe it or not, I think I've been by this house before. Or maybe I'm just thinking of all the other derelict stone houses in Washington County!

L. said...

Hooray for group effort!

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