Day Tripping Into A Barn Sale and Abandoned Mill
We went day tripping recently and found some interesting places. Exploring abandoned property is one of our hobbies. We drove past a barn sale and while turning around to go back and look, we found an abandoned textile mill. I love photographing old buildings, old farm equipment and any old machinery. Architectural elements make great back drops for photographs. The discovery of places used for generations, and then abandoned makes my imagination run free. What were the people like who lived here. Who worked here and what did they manufacture. The dreams that they had for their future come to mind. What was stored in that out building? It leads me on an endless thought journey.
One place we stopped by was purely accidental. We had passed a barn sale and decided to go back and take a look at the treasures. As we turned into an old unused parking area, this three plus story stone building was in front of us. Off to the right was an old piece of field equipment. It looked like it was used to drag a field. The equipment was quite rusty and had been sitting there for some time. But the fall leaves from the brush that grew around it had turned lovely shades of orange and yellow. The sun was playing in between the leaves, making a beautiful halo of light. So of course I tried to capture the moment!
The building had a sign on it. FOR SALE. Old Mill Building. What kind of mill? Probably some sort of textile. It was not large enough to be a lumber mill, plus no lumber was being carried up three or more flights of steps! There was evidence of a former pulley system that had been in place from the upper story windows. It most likely was used to hoist the raw materials into the building. If it was a woolen mill, were there sheep that munched on grass and brush in these fields? Did they behave themselves or go off wandering like certain sheep I know.
Behind the main building were wooden buildings. They were still standing and looked mostly sound but the paint was clearly worn off on most of the wood. A photographer’s dream. Worn chippy paint on barn wood! Many photos were taken.
The doorway to the main building caught my attention again as I returned to the truck. The sun was behind the building and the shadows were lurking in the doorway, begging me to take more photos.
As we reluctantly drove away, I could not stop thinking about the history of the property and what would become of it. Certainly it will take quite a bit of money to repair the buildings and make it into anything inhabitable or usable. I wanted to go inside but it did not look safe, not to mention the fact that that would be trespassing! From the doorway, I could see a lot of construction pieces and building materials left behind many years ago.
Back on the road, we stopped at the barn sale. Junking is a fun hobby and you can enjoy it with out even buying anything. I usually ask first, but most proprietors don’t mind me taking a few photographs of their items. Have you ever seen a typewriter like this?
This barn sale probably had the most stuff I have ever seen in one place.
Of course I was able to find a chicken item hiding among all the other closely packed in treasures!
Across the field from the barn sale location was an old abandoned Tavern. I am sure that the building would have lots of stories to tell. It sat on a busy road, Think of all the farmers and travelers who stopped there for a refreshment over the decades.
Days like this are meant to be savored, remembered and photographed. I hope you liked these photos from our day at the barn sale and abandoned mill.