This was one of my favorite locations. I know I say this often. My husband and I just happened upon this place on our way home from the Norfolk Hospital for the Incurably Insane, on the side of the road, nestled in the trees. It reminded me of a horror movie prop or something – it was a bit unsettling, and I was thrilled to find it!
I had to keep my distance, especially once I walked around the back. The entire back wall had been ripped out, and was exposed. The roof was also caving in.
The shadows cast from the tangled, bare trees, and the fading afternoon light was optimal for photographing the old house.
I did feel a bit uneasy at this location, not of anyone getting upset for us trespassing. I did not see any trespassing signs.
What truths do these walls hold?
Did a family live here once? Picture the same house twenty years ago painted white, filmy curtains fluttering in the summer breeze, a vegetable garden growing on one side of the house, and children playing in the freshly trimmed grass. Why did they leave? Did something tragic happen?
I will find this place again this summer when the trees are full of leaves shrouding the ragged house.
When a building is bad shape like this, remember to wear long sleeves, long pants, and a hat and gloves. Watch your step, and Happy hunting!
Trish Eklund is the owner and creator of Abandoned, Forgotten, & Decayed, and Family Fusion Community, an online resource for blended families of all types. Trish’s photography has been featured on Only in Nebraska, ListVerse, Nature Takes Over and Pocket Abandoned. Check out the new Bonanza Store for AFD merchandise! Follow on Instagram and Facebook. Trish is regularly featured on The Mighty, Huffington Post Divorce, and Her View From Home. She has also been featured on Making Midlife Matter, and The Five Moms, and has an essay in the anthology, Hey, Who’s In My House? Stepkids Speak Out by Erin Mantz.