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Old stone house
< on 8/10/2011 7:48 PM >
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I came across this old house in rural Pawnee county while cruising down an old dirt back road. Truth be told, I'd actually stopped for a nature call and happened to see the old house back in the woods. I know absolutely nothing about it or its history, but it had been built by someone with some wealth. It was a great location for a home, near a creek, with large trees offering shade from the Oklahoma heat.






It had obviously been abandoned for some time and the roof was on the verge of complete collapse. Sitting a good 100 yards from the dirt road, a small path led to the house and beyond. Today, the path appears to be used as access to feed cattle. Little houses like this tucked away were very common in the area. Typically, the homes belonged to the original land owners and when the land was sold, the house was usually left to rot, as the purchasers only wanted to add to their existing land.








The home was built of combination of locally quarried sandstone and field stone, which was, and is, prevalent in the area. Most of the small towns had at least one stone mason who would quarry and shape the blocks. One of the many occupations that have disappeared through the years.




The size of the home was typical for the era, which was under 1,000 square feet. In fact, this size was prevalent up through the 1950's. Today, the average house size is 2,349 sq feet. For 2.5 people. Go figure.
Also typical for the time, the house was built with a front and back porch, with the front being designed with a little flair.






The old well and remains of the hand pump. There was what looked to have been some type of storage tank or cistern at the rear of the house. You can still see the piping that fed into it, catching rain water from the roof. Though electricity had been added, there were no indications of indoor plumbing, no sink, no toilet, no old water lines, nada. While I'm assuming there was an outhouse, it's long gone.






The remnants of the back porch . For some reason, there were two cellars on the west side of the house. I'm assuming at least one was used as a cold cellar.






The back door provided direct access to the kitchen. I laughed at the lone light bulb still determined to survive.










A bird making use of our discards.



The interior was in pretty rough shape. The only evidence of modernization was the addition of electricity and the bent TV antenna outside. I liked the patina on the old plaster.












Back outside. The old front porch had been rather ornate in it's day.









You can't see it here, but the tag was from 1964. The old TV antenna had been pretty tall. It would have had to have been, to clear the trees.





Looks like it had been a nice little place, built to last, in an era when agriculture was the nations primary occupation.



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Re: Old stone house
<Reply # 1 on 8/10/2011 8:46 PM >
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Simply incredible. I love every single part of this. The stonework, the collapsing wood, the moss, the overgrowth, the plaster, the few relics left behind. What a fantastic find. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, I thoroughly enjoyed this thread!

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Re: Old stone house
<Reply # 2 on 8/10/2011 9:02 PM >
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This is such a cute little find! The house is so untouched by people and in the midst of being taken back by mother. The bird's nest, in its simplicity, makes such a grand statement! Love this set.

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Re: Old stone house
<Reply # 3 on 8/10/2011 9:40 PM >
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Very nice, as usual. Thanks DW.

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Re: Old stone house
<Reply # 4 on 8/10/2011 10:16 PM >
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nice find man!!

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Re: Old stone house
<Reply # 5 on 8/10/2011 11:18 PM >
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You need a metal detector.

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Re: Old stone house
<Reply # 6 on 8/15/2011 3:02 PM >
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I would so love to stand on this porch for a few minutes, amongst all of this beauty and just feel the breeze on my face, with my eyes closed...looks so serene. If I only had a million dollars....

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Re: Old stone house
<Reply # 7 on 8/15/2011 3:05 PM >
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BTW Thanks for the pictures, really enjoyed the view

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Re: Old stone house
<Reply # 8 on 8/17/2011 6:05 AM >
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Posted by dwtaylor999
I laughed at the lone light bulb still determined to survive.


Over this past weekend, my father, my son, and I visited some old abandoned homes and stores in a rural area where my dad lived as a child. Visiting my great uncles home, which is now virtually on the ground, we found one light bulb that had not broken. It was on what was left of the front porch.

Since it was a relatives old house, and still owned by the family, we brought the bulb home. We are going to clean it, and see if it will still burn, then put it away to keep. Like I told my 14 yr old son, most likely either his great, great, aunt or uncle, were the last people to touch that bulb before him. And they've both been dead for about 30 years. Maybe a little silly, but it gave him a personal connection to his past.

I just hope it will still burn. It actually checks out as good with an ohm meter. So DW, even those lone light bulbs can at least have some historical significance, maybe only to a family. I was lucky enough to know the history of our bulb. Nice find as always!



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Re: Old stone house
<Reply # 9 on 8/18/2011 7:16 PM >
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Wow, awesome find and awesome pics. Would so love to be able to visit that spot. I love everything about it. So peaceful and the way mother nature is taking over is art on it's own. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Old stone house
<Reply # 10 on 8/19/2011 4:57 AM >
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You always post great sets, but this one might well be my favorite of yours. Absolutely gorgeous shots.

Old homes, especially rural ones, are my favorite sites. There is so much character, so much history, and (at the risk of sounding cheesy) it almost feels like those places have a presence or a soul all their own. I like power plants and abandoned buildings as much as the next person, but homes really tell a story.

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Re: Old stone house
<Reply # 11 on 8/19/2011 9:43 AM >
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Homes are nice explorations, because like what was mentioned, the way the people lived there really shows (sometimes even through the decay)and gives the place personality. Like echoes from the past.

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Re: Old stone house
<Reply # 12 on 9/17/2011 2:42 PM >
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Magnificent shots...

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