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UER Forum > US: South > Vanishing Farmland: snakes, poultry & minor karaoke fame (Caution: wordy) (Viewed 3002 times)
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Vanishing Farmland: snakes, poultry & minor karaoke fame (Caution: wordy)
< on 7/15/2014 2:51 PM >
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I slipped through the bars of the loosely secured gate and hurried up the path towards the unknown. I was anxious to be out of sight from the passing motorists, but also cautious about what lay ahead. Once I was halfway up the small hill and hidden behind the wall of wild vegetation which surrounded the property, I relaxed a bit. That was when I noticed a group of cattle—3 adults and 2 calves—eying me lazily. Soon the quiet, ranch-style house came into view. Beside it rested a weathered farm truck.
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Situated on a busy thoroughfare in the heart of my town, I had driven by this place thousands of times—and I had explored the small farmhouse on an adjacent property a few years ago. http://www.uer.ca/...=1&threadid=102193

But this plot of farm land had remained shrouded in mystery. You wouldn’t even notice a house there unless you looked at it with an explorer’s eye, trained as it is to notice such abandonments: even then you would see only a small corner of the roof poking out from the towering foliage. Behind the house, grey corrugated metal could be seen here and there, which one could easily conclude were barns.
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Like a dutiful explorer, I researched first.

I studied satellite images which showed that behind the overgrowth there was indeed a structure that closely resembled a house. Also visible were various other structures, probably sheds and barns. Smaller structures could be seen, too, but they were situated far away from the others. I was perplexed when I noted these on the satellite image, but upon visiting I discovered that it was a cluster of deer blinds. This proved to be the part of the property with the greatest amount of snakes, so I didn’t spend too much time documenting this particular area.
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I watched for activity at different times of the day and night. Visible from the main road was a truck parked at the top of the driveway, which consisted of a dirt path. I noticed that it never moved. Once, I saw in the driveway a truck hauling a trailer full of hay. I remember thinking to myself, “welp, better mark this place off my list—it’s obviously active”. Later I decided to add it back to the list after so much time passed that I saw no vehicles or lights and the property became more and more ensconced in overgrowth.

Interestingly, although trees and brush grew untamed, the ground cover was manageable. We can probably thank the cows for that. In fact, the vegetation proved to be quite an ally: although the location is in a highly trafficked area, once I got up the hill, I was completely hidden by it. And it turned out that it engulfed only the portion of the house that faced the roadway.
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Scanning for signs of human life, my eyes fell immediately on the truck parked at the top of the driveway. The weeds that grew up around the tires were proof that it hadn’t moved in awhile. I quickly ascertained that the house was most certainly vacant. This was obvious by a few broken garage door windows and the proliferation of birds and bees nests in the light fixtures and eaves. I peeked into the window and saw the house was empty of furniture.

Getting into the house was extremely easy. There were four doors which accessed the house from the outside—every single one unlocked. Apparently, though, this has not always been the case, as foretold by this door that had been kicked in. Note the broken doorjamb leaning up against the wall.
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A shame to see it busted in this way as it seemed the house had been well-kept and lovingly cared for at one time. Upon entering, I was greeted by the delightful aroma of dust, earth and stale air with just a hint of rodent droppings. Acorn shells and petrified bird poop crunched under my feet.
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The layout and the woodwork suggested the house was probably built in the 60’s or 70’s. (Tax records confirmed my suspicion: it was built in 1972). Unique stonework filled one entire wall of the living room, which housed the fireplace. The same large stones were laid over the outside front wall, a stately focal point of the front porch.
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Although curtains still hung in every window—the billowy, froufrou kind like in your grandma’s house—the house was mostly empty except for a handful of banal cast-offs here and there.
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And of course, the requisite lonely chair.
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A few decent sized candles, which looked as though they were used for light-production rather than romantic ambiance, were an indication that the place may not be as forgotten as it appears. The presence of livestock and a trash can that was full—but not rancid—were more clues that someone does stop by the property periodically. Also, there was a ridiculous amount of beer cans strewn about. The litterer clearly prefers Bud Light.

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In addition to the house, barns and deer blinds, there were several vehicles: two trucks,one unidentified vehicle
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(later discovered to be a ’92 Honda Civic hatchback, thanks to http://www.uer.ca/...96807&currpage=68), various trailers, an ATV, old farm equipment, and a boat.
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And there were lots and lots of bugs. It was like stepping into a time warp and quite mind-blowing actually. This place is surrounded by commerce and development catering to the upwardly mobile, but in this little pocket at the top of the hill, nature reigned. The birds had built nests inside the home—in light fixtures and curtains. The squirrels had left dirt trails throughout the house, tracing from their entrance through a hole in the utility room wall to the chair or kitchen countertop where they shelled and ate their nuts.

A large hawk circled and swooped overhead, and several varieties of small birds flitted all about. But the most captivating fauna was found in the barn: several hens, 2 roosters (tethered to the ground), and a handful of pheasants. I caught a glimpse of a kitten poking its head out from inside the barn.
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Through research using county tax appraisal records and good ol Google search, it appears this entire property (including the small farmhouse referenced above) was owned by a husband and wife until the husband passed away in 2000. The deed was then transferred to the wife’s name until she sold it to a property management company in 2007. Interestingly, she is registered as a realtor in my town. Not sure how active she is, though, as the business address listed on the web is that of this abandoned location.

I began to feel a pressing need to explore this place as new development encroached further upon the farmland’s barbed-wire barrier. A large For Sale sign has been prominently displayed here for years. All the neighboring land has been sold to commercial investors, razed, and covered with parking lots and retail establishments. I felt it was only a matter of time until this quiet farmland met the same fate. My suspicions were confirmed, perhaps, by these plans I discovered casually spread out inside the home.
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I’m glad I finally satisfied my curiosity about what lay beyond the brush, but questions remain. Who lived here? What will become of this property? Who drinks this much Bud Light? Perhaps most perplexing is: Who is feeding the chickens?
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Re: Vanishing Farmland: snakes, poultry & minor karaoke fame (Caution: wordy)
< Reply # 1 on 7/15/2014 4:14 PM >
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nice, love having a story to go along with it




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Very interesting. Nice to see you do the research. But do you ever fear getting blown away by an angry farmer's shotgun?




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< Reply # 3 on 7/15/2014 9:26 PM >
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Nice story/adventure! I'm glad you added that last photo. Heh.




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People usually only tie down fighting roosters like that. There used to be a guy here in my town that had a whole yard with like 25 fighting roosters tied down like that. I wonder if those are fighters. Real nice set though, it's cool you finally got to see it before it is turned into a parking lot.



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Thanks, all! Glad you enjoyed the story; I believe the post would be lacking without some context to go along with the pics.

I'm glad you added that last photo. Heh.
Yep. When I saw that on the old truck, I knew I had to get a shot of it.

But do you ever fear getting blown away by an angry farmer's shotgun?
The thought has crossed my mind a few times, but I do a lot of stealthy recon before I relax enough to pick up the camera and shoot.

People usually only tie down fighting roosters like that.
Very interesting...and I think you're right, however, these guys didn't really have any battle scars. They were actually quite beautiful! Maybe they're still in training?!




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The thought has crossed my mind a few times, but I do a lot of stealthy recon before I relax enough to pick up the camera and shoot.


Yeah just make sure you aren't around when they come back to feed the chickens. Happened to me once. Nice set and write up though! I love how there is almost always the lonely chair no matter where you go. Also I agree with BackSeatKiller. I have a friend that had fighting roosters tied down like that too.




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I believe the post would be lacking without some context to go along with the pics.


Hear, hear. I think most pictures are worth a thousand words only if they are accompanied by about five hundred words of story.

So, I appreciated the wordiness.





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Maybe they're still in training?!


Haha maybe, sorry but I just imagined a rooster in a Rocky get-up running up some stairs, and an old rooster screaming at him with a little black beanie on.

And I guess I didn't catch it when I looked last, but I'm with relik, that last picture was perfect




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I appreciated the wordiness.
Sweet. I'm glad others appreciate storytelling as much as I do.

I just imagined a rooster in a Rocky get-up running up some stairs, and an old rooster screaming at him with a little black beanie on.
Which is exactly what I intended!




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Nice truck in pic 5




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You and your awesome snake shots
Great set, AA, and thank you for the great writeups to these photos. They give me a feeling as if I knew the place well.

Glad to see you back on!




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Nice truck in pic 5
Thanks! Found some really cool old vehicles at this place.


You and your awesome snake shots Great set, AA, and thank you for the great writeups to these photos. They give me a feeling as if I knew the place well. Glad to see you back on!
Thank you! I spend a good deal of time on the research and the write-up, mostly because it interests me, but I'm glad to see folks appreciate it. Well, although life does get in the way sometimes, I can never stay away too long. It's great to be back.




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Man, I would love to get my hands on that old truck! I have a passion for old Fords. I have a 78 that is in the middle of restoration. That 4x4 would look awesome in my yard. Would there be any way of me finding out who owns it so I could contact them? That is, if the property is still for sale, etc.




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People usually only tie down fighting roosters like that.


I was thinking the same way. I bet these are fighting roosters. You want to keep your prized fighters contained...and you always don't want to get caught with them...what better place to keep them than abandoned property...?




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This is one of the better write ups I've come across. Thank you for sharing! I like the thought you put towards your explorations. Thumbs way up.




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This is a great find! These are usually my favorite kind of places to explore. Good job, for sure!




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Awesome find, and I loved reading along with the pictures... Thanks for sharing.




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Thanks for the love, my fellow ‘splorers. This land holds a special place in my heart. I’ve done a fair amount of research on it. It’s historically significant because it was part of the original settlement of my town. It is now smack in the middle of a hot debate over its development. I’ve been working (sluggishly) on a database entry for this place and the property adjacent to it. Your enthusiastic feedback is just the kick in the pants I needed to get motivated again. And for that, I thank you.

That 4x4 would look awesome in my yard. Would there be any way of me finding out who owns it so I could contact them?
That’s kind of tricky. The previous owner passed away several years ago and the land is currently owned by a property management company. From a legal standpoint, I don’t know if the truck is considered part of the land it sits on or is part of an estate or what. But I do agree with you in that it’s a pretty sweet ride.





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