Green Castle #7512
This dilapidated Victorian church was back in the overgrown 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.
I walked around the place and took several shots, every so often hearing a buzzing rattlesnake a ways off. No problem, just steer away and go slowly; this was piece of history about to go that needed to be recorded. Clearly, it was the last chance for this place.
The landowner had lived near there all her life and 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 this church was probably new in the mid to late 1800's and one of the last remainders/reminders from that time.
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 wooden sides were like camouflage which nearly blended into the surrounding woods from whence it had come years ago, likely from some forgotten sawmill nearby.
This image is one the old ones, shot on film back in the day. I recall it being very quiet and still in there, with the only sound being the occasional rattlesnake and the whir-click of the manual film advance lever. The location was out in the central Pennsylvania jingweeds along one of those narrow and winding back roads through the farmland, of which there are endless miles. And through the passage of time, also endless miles of stories...