Childhood Homes

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.

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8 thoughts on “Childhood Homes

      • I’m always amazed with the ornate architecture. They just don’t build homes like they used to anymore.

        I’ve often tried to imagine what life was like in that particular building and how the grounds differed when it was in its prime.

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  1. I am curious about abandoned places, too, but sometimes I think it is better to not go back rather than tarnish memories one may have. I visited a childhood home with a friend recently. She had not seen it for many years. From the exterior it did not look too bad but when we gained access to the interior it was very disheartening. Her fond memories collided with the rundown disrepair we saw. It left her saddened to see it like that. She thought it would have been better if we had not gone in 😦

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    • That’s a good point too. I wrote about that recently with regards to getting in touch with people that we haven’t spoken to in many years. The same logic applies here. We attempt to create what we had in the past in the present time but it cannot be. Things change and people change. As you pointed out, it often leaves us disappointed.

      Excellent point Mincs!

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  2. Wow. This is amazing. Thank you for sharing this. I love stopping to think about all the different people in this world and where they were and where they are going.

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