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#7512 Green Castle

This dilapidated Victorian church was sitting back in the woods by itself but could still be seen from the road. I asked the landowner's permission to shoot and discovered it was going to be torn down in two weeks, so I came just in time. With rotten floors, a water-filled basement, and loads of rattlesnakes around it, it was a danger to the nearby kids that gravitated to it as they often are to such things.<br />
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I walked around the place and took several shots, every so often hearing a buzzing rattlesnake a ways off. No problem, just steer way and go slowly. This was piece of history about to go and I wanted to record it. Clearly, it was the last chance for this place.<br />
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The landowner had lived near there all her life and she said at one time the area had been clear with a lot more houses and farms right around there. Nowadays it's a patchwork of woods and fields with very few scattered houses, but this church had served all those rural people back in that heyday. I would say it was new probably mid to late 1800's and one of the last remainders from that time.<br />
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This view is of the longer three windowed side. All of the modern aluminum siding had been torn off for salvage, then the original wooden siding had been removed as well, leaving the place stripped to her bare plank skivvies which made it even more forlorn. The wood sides were like camouflage that blended into the surrounding woods from whence it had come years ago from some forgotten sawmill nearby. I realized later I should have asked for one of the angled window sashes for an interesting souvenir of this rough and rustic place sitting in the woods.<br />
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Shot on film back in the day, out in the central Pennsylvania jingweeds along a narrow and winding back road through the farmlands…<br />
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