VIRGINIA: ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY: the invisible ruin revealed: a study 18: south aspect

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Comments (6)

Adam Elmquist on December 13, 2012

Fantastic photos Douglas

Douglas W. Reynolds,… on December 13, 2012

Thank you, Adam. It was an unusual opportunity and I'm glad I was able to recreate a portion of it.

GasGasL€X on December 14, 2012

Another awesome find here both historicaly and for its great photo possibilities.. Niiice!, ~Lex

Douglas W. Reynolds,… on December 14, 2012

Thanks, Lex. One reason I took so many pictures on this occasion--aside from the fact that I was undisturbed and unlikely to disturb others--is that I know very little of the provenance of this building. It seems to me to have been of great antiquity (considering how relatively short the English history of Virginia is), but built and rebuilt many times before being abandoned. It is certainly a structure greatly affected by the traffic pattern as we moved from travel primarily by water all the way through the Nineteenth Century to travel by road and rail during the Twentieth Century--it is fairly close to what used to be a primitive ferry landing and it might have once been a small inn or even a sort of custom house, but as that ferry crossing was abandoned long ago and the "main highway" is about a half a mile away, the land around it reverted to farming and the old roads are almost undetectable now. The present owner of the enormous enclosing property told me that the house itself was inhabited well through the Twentieth Century, but that the occupants had "just walked away" from it. As you see here, it has no roof and no floors remaining, so I wonder if in fact he was referring to another building--which if there is one I did not see on this visit.

GasGasL€X on December 14, 2012

Thanks for the info Doug, There are a few of us that thrive on findig these old gems and discovering their story... All the best for christmas & new year.. ~Lex

Douglas W. Reynolds,… on December 14, 2012

Thanks, Lex! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!--guess you won't be seeing any snow--we haven't either, yet, but this morning we are just below freezing, so I guess we may have it anytime . . . .

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  • Uploaded on December 12, 2012
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    by Douglas W. Reynolds,…
    • Taken on 2012/12/11 15:53:11
    • Exposure: 0.500s (1/2)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/22.000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash