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!
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!!
Next, I visit the old workshop!
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.
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.
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!