Gotta be honest – looking at these photos from my trip to NJ makes me really happy it was 80 degrees in LA yesterday. Waking up to sun, NOT wearing special ski socks to avoid hypothermia, sweating a little bit in the car in January…it never EVER gets old.
When I was in NJ for Christmas, I visited family in the Western part of the state. The terrain there is a really beautiful mix of 1700s – 1900s farmhouses (and farmland!) plus lakes and forests. Though it’s clear I hate the cold, you really can’t ask for a more quaint vacation.
While we were there I saw lots of abandoned buildings and later went back to photograph them. I love this little blue house, which looks like it been unoccupied for only 5 years or so? Peculiarly, the front was spraypainted “50″. A quick Google search turned up some info about the house being claimed by the town due to a gas leak? Not sure what that’s all about…
The house was mostly intact, but every window or door was open. The front window had (what appeared to be) several bullet holes – and I could make out a left behind fake Christmas tree behind them! When I approached the side of the house, I noticed the foundation had a HUGE gaping hole in the side. See it at left?
I didn’t go in, but it looks like someone has certainly used the basement since the building was vacated.
I peered in the open kitchen window and found this chaos.
The backyard was equally as abandoned.
Further up the road is an empty farmhouse, which my parents tell me used to be a bar many years ago.
Sad to see such a beautiful old building rot on a nice piece of land. I wish I owned it…I would do my best to make sure the building didn’t end up like this!
The building sits right on this lake. Um, how is this not the best location ever?
Another pretty choice location.
, new jersey
, winter sux