On some of my trips, I like to have a few locations to visit since I am a long ways from home. I want to be sure to have pics I can post. Of course, the logical route would be to take the main road and go directly to what I want to see. On my way to the Octagon School in Lake County, I decided to take the long way and avoid US-10. I had a feeling I would find something interesting, and I headed north for a while. then I decided to take a right turn and head east. As I drove down the road I saw this old house in a clump of dead looking trees. It looked really creepy since the other trees in the area were still green. I thought the old farmhouse looked like it had been mummified with it’s dark brown and weathered wood. Like an architectural version of the Tullund Man.
I have no idea of how I manage to find some of the places I come across. I just wonder in a direction and it somehow happens, as if there is a mysterious force that is showing me the way. A lot of old abandoned and forgotten places I have photographed have been torn down. I feel like it’s important to photograph these places so we will remember the tough times and the good days that these places have seen. I don’t trespass or explore these old houses. I try to research some history of these locations, but when I looked at some old plat maps for this house I did not see any nearby towns. It must have belonged to a hard-working family who lived way outside of town and farmed the land.
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