I am intrigued by abandoned places. I suppose the mystery of why it was abandoned and the history of the building is what fills me with wonder. I often think of what memories were made within those walls and how the structure looked in its prime.
I’ve written about this topic before such as my visit to Salem Church or my road trip through Pennsylvania in 2014. I even pondered these topics about my own childhood home which was up for sale again recently.
Inspired by a local abandoned Renaissance Fair I recently learned about, which I will post on later, I discovered a gem from a guy who visited his childhood home after he discovered that it is going to be torn down soon. The gentlemen took his video camera and went room to room filming the abandoned farm house. As he reminisced about growing up there, in post, he spliced in photographs from the time that his family lived there, showing the viewer the contrast of the house’s current state and happier times. The video is very poignant and bittersweet. I’m not sure where in Virginia the house is but it is stunningly beautiful, even in its dilapidated state. The old farm house features dual staircases as well as fireplaces in nearly every room. I don’t know how old it is but I would guess perhaps it was built shortly after the Civil War.
The video is about 9 minutes long but if you can spare the time, I would greatly encourage you to view it. It is something that will likely resonate with all of us as we all were all once young and had someplace where we grew up – someplace that was special – someplace we called home.