Hartsville TN abandoned

It was getting cold and we forgot to pack sandwiches in the cooler, so we had hoped to find a store or sandwich shop somewhere. We weren’t exactly sure where we were headed and decided to rely on our sense of true North. Especially since we hoped to find at least a couple more abandoned gems. We ended up in Hartsville, so we grabbed a bite and then set out to explore some Hartsville TN abandoned life.

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We stopped to shoot this abandoned house as we took some randomly selected back road. A car slowed down and a young lady asked if we were realtors. Nope, we are not. LOL! She was telling us a bit about the area and this particular house was a drug house the police raided and shut down. So that’s good to know to add to the story. Well…in we went!

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Housekeeping is laying down on the job perhaps!

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The drizzle started, it was cold. We thought we hit a dead end, but the town square area of Hartsville was really cool. I rarely return to the same area but we may have to, There were some antique vehicles that caught our eyes. After circling the area and seeing some cool architecture, we decided to make our way back to Lebanon and hit the interstate back to Nashville.

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Well, we were heading back, but saw this old abandoned house up on the top of this steep hill along the roadside. Of course that required a hike, and the payoff was gold! The only way in was through an open window, due to overgrowth and a down tree. It had probably been 30 years or more since anyone lived there, but we think it was a hobo or hitchhiker stop at times. There was a mattress that had not yet wasted away and a tattered moth eaten pair of pants hanging on the wall. So that’s why we think it has been inhabited long after the time someone lived in it.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these Hartsville TN abandoned house photos, more exploration to come and back to business with nude and intimate photoshoots!

Abandoned house excursion in Bethpage

It was a cold, cloudy and damp day on Christmas eve, but thankfully drizzle and rain held off until mid afternoon. My friend Jerry and IĀ  set out mid morning and figured we’d have a lesser chance of encountering people on a holiday. That was somewhat accurate. I didn’t even know exactly where Bethpage was, but my friend who lives in Westmoreland was saying Bethpage was a place I should check out. So it began, the Abandoned house excursion in Bethpage.

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We arrived in the area and started picking random backroads, and kept our eyes peeled. This is how locations are found. You have the eye for it or you don’t. I’ve gone alone before, which isn’t recommended for abandoned house photo field trips. The key is having someone with a similar code of ethics to protect yourself legally. As well as being able to trust them as someone who has your back. This is where Jerry and I make a great team and it’s interesting to see how the other sees things and interprets the scene. This particular house was the first one we saw, there was a slight hesitation because neighbors next door were home.

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I’m glad we took the chance and went in, but we didn’t waste much time. The stuffed animals and the tree were really creepy, good find! Onward. Next place. A dead end road with a barn that had seen better days. A quick one, because the land owner was outside but I think once he saw us with cameras, he wasn’t concerned. But people who live in remote areas do so for a reason, so we don’t overstay our welcome.

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Another random backroad, this tiny old cottage with a fieldstone foundation probably has not been lived in for 50 years. This was a great find!

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I bet the road wasn’t there when the home was occupied. Very few other clues.

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Then we see this gem of an abandoned farmhouse sitting way back from the road, and barely another house in sight! We pulled in and parked behind a large irrigation tank that probably hadn’t been used in decades.

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That was our last stop before checking out another town on the way home, where we also struck gold! I hope you’ve enjoyed this Abandoned house excursion in Bethpage as much as we did.


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I know, I suck, I went to New York to visit at Thanksgiving, and I should have spent all my time visiting. But of course I made time to check out abandoned life!! Before coming upon a couple different abandoned houses, I saw this old tow truck along the side of the road, almost missed it!! It’s been years since this old gem has been in service. That’s why I stopped. lol.

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That was cool, only took a few minutes. A cruise through the hill towns, I found this gem off the road, so much overgrowth around it, but was worth getting loaded up with briars on my pants.

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The back part of the house was in shambles, but the side was intact. I climbed over some rubble and got to the side door. I make it a practice to never break in if there’s not a way in through an openable door or open window, etc. And of course never to touch any stuff i encounter and leave it as I found it.

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I felt some defeat seeing no way in, as the side door was boarded shut and all windows were closed and locked. But I like the optical illusion here with the kitchen and refections from outside of the window.

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On my way to visit another friend, I see this uninhabited gem, nice and creepy and really ornate details in this old Victorian era home!

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Such amazing architecture! This is as close as I was able to get to the inside. it turns out the State Police barracks was across the highway from this house, but if the door was openable I’d have taken the chance. I looked in the windows and it was all construction materials, so nothing interesting anyhow. Either someone is stripping materials and getting ready to raze it, or they’re starting to fix it up. I got it while it’s still cool. šŸ™‚

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Philadelphia photos

I took a trip Thanksgiving week to upstate New York to visit my mom and see friends, and in the process still did some abandoned hunting. I made a beeline to Philadelphia to visit my cousin and her family, they live right in downtown Philadelphia! So we walked around that afternoon, that was the only day I had before having to return to Nashville. But it was amazing to squeeze this in!! They know how much I love abandoned buildings, so we walked about the city and found some cool spots before running out of daylight. Most would think of the liberty bell, independence hall, etc. when they think of Philadelphia photos. Well, here is my version šŸ˜€

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It pays to pay attention while walking or driving to your destination to see what awaits you on the way. This is one advantage to being on foot especially in an urban setting. Typically abandoned structures aren’t in the most prosperous parts of town, but that’s one thing that goes with the territory. I’m ok with risks and keeping my wits about me while exploring the abandoned.

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Guard shack I suppose? I got in that!!

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The back of the building still seems to have activity. this classic Firebird will be someone’s toy once they finish it!

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As we walked through Chinatown after dark, something about this alley caught my eye. Just had my trusty Fuji X100F with me! I hope you’ve enjoyed this 3 hour or so excursion of these Philadelphia photos. I think I must go back and spend more time šŸ™‚

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Hidden abandoned house

As we were exploring the abandoned school bus and RV from last article, we knew we had an hour of good daylight left. We faced the possibility of finding no more abandoned houses, but our local lead suggested we look at a place we have already been, only tucked away behind it where you almost can’t see it from the road. This hidden abandoned house was just 100 yards or so from where we were exploring earlier in the day!

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My buddies explored the house first, but I have a specific approach to abandoned house / property photography that I always implement. I saw a garage and an antique truck behind the house. I explored those first because I always start from furthest away point and work my way back to the house which is closest to my exit point. I’ll start with this Detroit gem, I hope someone rescues it! So much character in this truck!!

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Next, I visit the old workshop!

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This helps me gather clues as to what life was once like on this property before entering the house itself. Once I enter and see the contents left behind, it gives me a more complete story. What happened to those living there and how long it’s been vacant, I can only guess. But sometimes perception is more fun when imagined. back to the hidden abandoned house now.

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That recliner wasn’t in bad shape at all!! To get through the hallway to the bathroom and stairs, the floor was a bit shaky with the basement visible underneath. I walked along the joist, and of course made sure Jerry was within ear shot. The stairs were solid as always. But, as I approached the upstairs, I saw a gap between the stairs and the wall. Well, I was that far, I just walked carefully. That’s the risk you take if you’re in it. This is also why I don’t recommend doing this without knowing the ropes.

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If I didn’t go upstairs, I wouldn’t have seen this creepy old hospital bed or the memorabilia room! If I had to guess, the house has been abandoned for 30 years or so. I saw three different calendars on the wall in different rooms. One 1967, 1970, and another from 1982. I don’t spend much time looking too deep but I observe on the go. I get what I need and get out as you never know how much time you have. It’s worked for me so far. I hope you’ve enjoyed this backwoods treasure!

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The unincorporated town

After about a half hour of cruising back roads off the highway with my 2 friends, we reached the unincorporated town that was our destination. Where? You don’t need to know, you’re welcome. But you could put the pieces together with a little research. The difference between those who ask and us, we look and we find. If not there, somewhere else. That’s what it takes to find these places. Plus, sometimes getting away from city life as we know it is healing and reduces stress. Here is the first thing we discovered upon our arrival. Isn’t this so cute? This post office is open two hours a day LOL!

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We didn’t find as many abandoned buildings as we had hoped, but did find several vehicles that were interesting to photograph! Distress is distress, the destruction has character that only few understand!!

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Years ago when the town had functional coal mines, this brick structure was a bank vault for it’s money. How cool!

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Tar leaked from this tanker and pretty much solidified.

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Next we arrive at the only store in town. It was interesting to meet the shopkeeper and a couple locals, gather a little intel. What a cool find, this is Americana! Randall, the shopkeeper was eager to tell us some town history and show us his collectibles. Usually I’m a bit of a lone wolf when exploring these abandoned locations, but exploring a rural area is best in numbers. Plus having a contact or two locally never hurts, as you never know if you’ll be well received if discovered. We’ve made a friend here!

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Such a perfect part of the stereotype of a small rural store, the hound dog laying on the front porch, LOL!!


We went to this old cemetery and looked for abandoned houses in the woods and back roads, no luck. But enjoyed the recon!

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We did find this abandoned RV at the bottom of this ravine. We soon met a local who was buying the land, once he saw what we were doing, he was fine with it. His name was Daniel and was very accommodating and thought it was cool that we take an interest in the town.

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Next, we stumbled upon an old school bus that’s probably been sitting there for decades, as a pack of 7 dogs looked on from across the road.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos from the unincorporated town, and the best is yet to come! Stay tuned. Daniel gave us intel on a house, that we initially noticed when in the area before but were eager to keep exploring. I’m glad we came back to it!


Searching for an abandoned town

It was a warm and indecisive early November day for a road trip I took with two friends who are fellow abandoned building enthusiasts. Indecisive as in the sun would be in and out of hiding all day, challenging conditions to work in and properly meter exposures. But certain challenges hone our skills and sharpen them. As we were searching for an abandoned town, we looked along the way for opportunities as we began our journey on back roads instead of interstate. The very first thing we saw was a building facade, basically the front shell and we felt it was worth a look.

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Then down a lonely stretch of two lane road, we saw something. Was it a bar? Restaurant? Whatever it was, it was no more. No way inside, unfortunately. But we spent a few moments exploring and then moved on. It had some interesting colors and textures. I love the lonely and desolate mood of the first one below especially.

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I liked the contrast of colors here, many wouldn’t ever know an abandoned building was part of this. I could probably sell prints of this at an art show, lol.

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I was thinking maybe I can get the recliner, old tire, and the old satellite dish in the photo and create an interesting perspective. More to come, I hope you’ve enjoyed the beginning part of our journey as we’re searching for an abandoned town. Or so we thought. More on that coming soon, stay tuned!!

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Self preservation

I’m not a therapist or counselor, but as a creative artist, I know a lot about human emotions as my visual and emotional senses are very keen. It’s my job to notice things about people and their core that other don’t think of. That is both a gift and a curse, because I internalize a lot of what I know. Therefore, finding that healthy balance through reflection, self preservation, and inspiration, is of the utmost importance for good overall mental health.

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I’ve learned over the years that there are certain friendships and relationships to put stock in, and there are others that are superficial. It’s human nature for me to be a giver, and I don’t mean money or material goods. But more rather love and friendship as it’s meant to be. Not everyone treats it as well as you give it. In this situation, it’s ok and healthy to use different self preservation tactics to set boundaries and avoid staying in an unhealthy situation with someone else. This is true of both friendships and romantic relationships.

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It’s healthy to allow yourself to feel. It’s healthy to allow yourself to love. It’s healthy to allow yourself to feel vulnerable. Nothing is guaranteed in life. Sadly, in certain relationships, the other person doesn’t always have your best interest in mind, even if unintentional. Hurt people hurt people, often inadvertently. When you want different things, or inconsistency, confliction, and contradiction cause you to feel anxiety, depression, and overall unrest, only you can put a stop to it. Hey, this isn’t good for me! It’s healthy to try to resolve things with the other person, if you see something rewarding about the relationship.


Those feelings are not ok, and if it’s love, you won’t have to feel that. When someone shows you or tells you who they are, believe them. Be true to yourself and don’t let them manipulate and take away joy from your life. Sometimes it’s healthy to create that separation and cut all ties if that’s what helps you move on. It’s not being petty. It’s ok to decide that a person no longer deserves to have you in their life. Or that they no longer deserve to know what is going on in your life. It’s self preservation. If you know you gave your love and they mistreated it, you have to put yourself first and either set boundaries or bail.


This has happened to me, and it never stops hurting when I think about it. But in the end, only I can set my own destiny. You’re not responsible for the actions of others, but you are responsible for letting the actions of others affect you. It’s not up to you to deal with karma when it comes to the actions of others or how they treated you. Peoples’ actions always eventually follow them, but it’s not for you to worry about. Losing you and the love you gave them is all you can dish out. It is often necessary to reshape those thoughts because when they invade your brain, it’s no laughing matter.

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Why the beach pictures? I recently returned from there. I went there for spiritual and personal reflection, and of course inspiration. I had some garbage to clear from my head. Nothing happens instantaneously but it’s an important step of the process. Always find inspiration and don’t be afraid to reach out to loved ones who care about you. You’d be amazed how clearly people who know you see things.

Midwest abandoned tour

Immediately after photographing this abandoned Tennessee farm house, I left for my Labor Day weekend trip to Indiana. I visited an old friend and photography mentor who lived in the Tri-State area where Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio all come together. Not far from Cincinnati. It’s always inspiring to visit with him as we’re both artistic and spiritually minded. Chris is also inspired by abandoned buildings for similar reasons as I am. So, let’s call this the Midwest abandoned tour.

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This roadside motel sign is symbolic of what Americana really is. Let’s just think of the charm of small independent business and forget about musty smell and bedbugs for a moment. The road offers a certain freedom, but it can also be a long and lonely experience, depending on your thought pattern at the moment. Speaking of Americana, it doesn’t get any more apple pie American than this abandoned gas station. Right across the Ohio line.

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I always love looking for clues and fixtures to see who worked there and what the place was about. Also to think of the stories those crumbling walls could tell. Chris and I both had a similar sense of when we exhausted the possibilities of each location and when to go on to the next one. For me, the key is studying and looking, and taking a few photos. But make them count. Why is it so many Satanists find their way to these places? Hmmm.

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These solid steel doors were no joke.

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Next stop was this charming farm house, it was actually for sale. I hope someone fixes it up, but they’d have their work cut out for them. Yup, we got in.

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Next stop on this Midwest abandoned tour, back in Indiana, this abandoned stone house. Brilliant architecture, but I bet it’s been 40-50 years since inhabited.

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Ironic. There was a landslide that took out the road to this house that Chris remembered was there. We drove all over to find the way in on the other side, and here it was. This was rather strange. Some beautiful older features in the house mixed with some 70’s and 80’sĀ  remodeling that went horribly wrong.

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Yes, gravel roads! Even a creek crossing but I thought this tunnel was a bit eerie. Chris said last time he traveled through, he saw hanging doll heads from the trees, but we didn’t see them this time. That would have required documentation. The Hills Have Eyes I suppose.

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Last but not least, back in Ohio, this abandoned house on a hill. We were greeted by a concerned neighbor. The house was apparently for sale and her son was interested. She seemed a bit baffled that anyone would want to take photos of an abandoned house. She seemed sad about it’s current state because she lived in it before. I encouraged her to Google this site, but got what I needed quickly and bailed before she discovered the nude and boudoir work, lol. I guess this is a random heating gas or oil tank sitting in the woods, but still cool.

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Perhaps my favorite photo of the Midwest abandoned tour.

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Despite some concave flooring, I’d have no qualms walking the stairs. I remember my mom and grandmother telling me that the stair makers in these old houses were among the highest paid and most respected craftsmen. I have yet to find a weak staircase in an abandoned house from the old days, so it must be true.

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An out building covered in growth. I hope these photos inspire you as much as these and the experience did for me.

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Abandoned Tennessee farm house

A friend who lives about 45 minutes West of town told me about this abandoned Tennessee farm house a bit further out from where he is and offered to take me there. Well, life happened, we both got busy, but one day I had the urge to explore. He wasn’t available, but he directed me there. I was on my way out of town to visit an old friend and photography mentor up Cincinnati way and wanted to kick off my trip with some new inspiration.

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I always check out buildings like garages or barns to see what goodies are strewn about the floor and for old chemicals on the shelves. It gives me an idea who lived there and a bit of a story on the place. I had actually gone a bit out of my way to get here, and was in the next county by the time I realized my navigational error. But this place was worth it. I just enjoyed a slice of Americana and kept my eyes peeled.

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Typically, I prefer Winter for photographing the outside of abandoned houses because of the overgrowth. But you can still get an idea what this abandoned Tennessee farm house looks like. The dead limbs and lack of vegetation only enhance the decay and distress of the structure. But I prefer the photos I get inside the house anyway.

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I prefer to have my friend Jerry with me when checking out a new abandoned building for the first time for obvious reasons. No matter how seasoned I am with photographing these forgotten gems, anything can catch me off guard. Like inhabitants or falling through the floor, thankfully which neither I had to deal with. This is why I don’t recommend photographing abandoned structures without knowing the ropes. And even then it can be a hazard. One I’m willing to face. This was one of those spontaneous things, and I was there, no turning back! Going all in!

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As usual with these old houses, the staircase was solid as a rock. The floor, not as much.

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Speaking of floor, the couch fell through it. I’m willing to bet no one was there, but it still made a sound. New York times newspaper from 1980 anyone? It wouldn’t surprise me if this house had been abandoned for nearly that long.

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Dinner is served in the kitchen…maybe 30-40 years ago, LOL!

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The shattered glass sliding door and back lighting provided an interesting contrast and texture.

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The office manager preferred working outside I guess. I hope you’ve enjoyed photos from this amazing abandoned Tennessee farm house! I would normally arrange a subject but this place was just too unsafe. I risked it, but I can’t do that with someone else. It was eerie but so rewarding.

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