Monday, May 12, 2014


When I first moved here, I noticed this amazing forgotten place along a route I would often drive. The more I saw the forgotten buildings, the more I grew to love them. The main house above, was a Trading Post. It was surrounded by little cabins.

Each cabin was a little different than the others. I have blogged about them a few times (you can see previous posts here and here). If you follow me on instagram, you will recognize them from the many photos I have posted of them. 

About a year ago, the Trading Post was demolished. I drove by and saw the little that remains. I posted my tribute to the Trading Post

 After the Trading Post was gone, I still smiled every time I drove by and saw the cabins. I still took what seems like a million photos of them. In the photos above and below, you can see the remains of the teepee. Each time I saw it, I would imagine all the children who went here on class trips or family road trips, and sat in that teepee and enjoyed running around those beautiful little cabins before they were forgotten. 

A few weeks I drove by and the two cabins above were gone. The teepee disappeared years ago. The cabins were gone now too. After looking at them for years, photographing them, studying them covered in snow, watching how they seemed to glow when the afternoon sun hit them just right; I was sad to see they were gone.

At least, there were still three cabins on the hill just beyond those two. I still watched the light hit them just right, watched as the roof began to collapse under the weight of snow. Even in their forgotten state, they were still beautiful.

Tonight, I drove by. I looked on the hill where the last three cabins stood and nothing was left. Gone. The last of the cabins, the last part of the Trading Post is gone.

While they were far beyond repair, I loved seeing them. The landscape along that stretch of road just isn't the same without them.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My favorite castle calls me back.

This castle is one of my favorite places. I know I refer to several places on this blog as my favorite places...yes, they all are. I find them magical and beautiful in their own special ways. This castle, I'm in awe of how beautiful it must have been. I love walking up the hill, waiting to spot my first glimpse of it. I love when it comes into view, standing on the top of a hill, forgotten and beautiful.

There is very little left of the interior, but we found a hanging staircase through one of the windows. I love the little peek we get of the inside through the few widows that aren't boarded up. 

The remains of the front porch.

To see more photos of this fabulous castle, be sure to check out my previous blog posts here and here. Also, check out my article on HamletHub.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More favorites from the Cornish Estate

I keep looking through the photos from our visit to the Cornish Estate remains and it seems like each photo is shouting "don't forget me," so I need to show you a bit more of this magical place. You can find my previous posts here and here and my article on Hamlet Hub.

The pool. Yes, this estate really had it all....a greenhouse, about a million fireplaces (ok, I exaggerate just a little), the longest windy driveway up the side of a mountain and even a pool. 

The remains of an iron fence against a tree.

The more we wandered, the more we interesting things we found. 

The photo above is one of my favorites from our visit. It was our first view of the tower of chimneys and I was in awe. Four chimneys stacked on top of each other. The photo below shows the other side of the tower of chimneys.

We stood in the center of the remains and felt so tiny in this giant structure. We looked up at the giant windows, the towers of chimneys and tried to imagine how beautiful this place must have been. 

To me, this place felt magical.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

More from The Cornish Estate...the Greenhouse

We wander through the remains of the Cornish Estate. If you missed my previous post, you can view it here. We were in awe of how amazing this house must have been, and thrilled we were able to find it and wander the remains.

As we made our way around the outside of the house, we saw this.....the remains of the greenhouse. 

We were excited to have even more to explore. The front of the building was amazing. 

The remains from the big front doors.
We followed the path up and around the back of the greenhouse so we could look down on it. The entire frame seems to still be there (minus the glass). 

The view of the house from the upper trail. The driveway came up through those arches.

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