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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New blog

Hey folks,

I haven't been keeping up on this blog very well, for any followers who may be interested I started a new blog, focusing just on the area where I have lived my whole life. I have a few pending posts, and a handful of posts already on there. Check it out!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

St. Something Church

Construction started in 1903 on this large limestone church  building, located on a busy corner in a New York city. A famous city architect was put in charge of designing the building, which was needed to ease the overcrowding at the parish's other church in the city.

The building is in terrible shape, due to it being closed in 1978. The fake stone mixed with the baby blue roof made the interior quite interesting. 

 Not much of the stained glass has survived.

 The stairs were some of the only non rotted wood in the building.
 For some reason there were deep fryers left in here.
 The alter has been removed, along with basically every thing in here.

 The side of the building.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Our Decrepit State Parks Part I

Throughout the state of New Jersey, there are several state parks with unused and neglected buildings. Most  of these buildings are of extreme historical significance, as I will further explain in this post. Though they are owned by the state, they receive very little money, nowhere near enough to upkeep them. I'll let the pictures explain the rest.

Long Pond Ironworks State Park: The Ironworks

The history of this quaint town goes back to 1766, when a man named Peter Hasenclever founded an iron forge referred to as the Long Pond Ironworks, named after the body of water it relied on for power. The Ironworks helped the continental army in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. The industry demanded workers, and before long the Village of Hewitt was formed. The iron working ceased at the site in 1882, but other industry continued to thrive, mostly mining. Unfortunately by the 1950's, the industry was beginning to die out, and the land was donated to the state in 1957. It was designated as a state park three decades later. So what has become of this incredibly historic village?

The original furnaces from 1766.

The Workers Houses

This is the Laird West House. This house has seen a tremendous amount of neglect. As you can see, they are thankful for the new roof. Unfortunately, they have to use the banner to cover the hole in the front of the building. The inside looks even worse.

I find it interesting that they board up the windows with plywood painted to look like windows. Its very clever.

This Craftsman Style Bungalow has also seen better days. I cant find  any info on what year this built, or the family who owned it. 

This pink house doesn't seem to be too structurally compromised. It was originally occupied by the Stites family.

This other workers house is being overtaken by foliage. I can also hardly find any info on this building.

This is referred to as the Stone Double House. It is the oldest house on the property, dating back to the 1760's. I believe it has undergone a decent amount of renovation on the inside, and it is sealed up really well.

This is known as the Harty Milligan House. It was a two story workers house which was built around 1860. 

A profile of the Harty Milligan House, with a barn in the background.

Other buildings of significance

This beautiful building is the Writenour House. It is quite larger than most of the other houses in the village. It dates back to 1810

This very ugly building is the Mine managers house. It was built around 1860, the same time as the Harty Milligan House.

For obvious reasons I didn't head too far into this building.

The old Hewitt church


There are a few ruins scattered around the property. This was the Olde Country Store. Workers purchased items here on a credit system. The total value of the items needed were subtracted from their pay.

This was referred to as the "Longhouse". It served as a dormitory for male workers.

Long Pond Ironworks is one of the most interesting historical sites in NJ. It has a rich, industrial heritage. There is a group called Friends of the Long Pond Ironworks, who have an extensive amount of history about the village. Please visit their site for more information. If you choose to visit, make sure you are respectful of the extremely old structures.


Allamuchy Mountain State Park: The Stuyvesant Rutherfurd Estate

This Grand Estate has quite an interesting history. It was part of Tranquility Farms, which was a farm operated by Dutch immigrants. The family were decedents of Peter Stuyvesant, who controlled a large portion of New Jersey in the 1600's. A grand mansion was built in the 1700's, but unfortunately it was destroyed in a fire in 1959. Shortly after the mansion was destroyed, the state used Green Acres bonds to purchase the land with the buildings on it. A large number of farm buildings remain, although they are not really that interesting. What is more intriguing is the foul, perverse graffiti covering ever square inch of the former farm.  

The largest farmhouse on the property.

This couch was one of the only items remaining inside the structures.

 The kitchen of the largest farmhouse on the property.

An extensively decayed house.

The old gates

An old tin roof barn slowly collapses on its self.

A kitchen in one of the smaller farm houses.

A bedroom on the upper floor.

Undisclosed North Jersey State Park: Manor House

This interesting little house is on the grounds of one of the most beautiful Manors on the East Coast. I am not sure who used to occupy the house, or when it was built, but I do know this is one more unique structure slowly falling apart in the hands of the state. 

The graffiti on the wall says "The cave crickets in here are TERRIFYING"

Extreme decay of the upper floors.

Very little is done about these locations, to prevent them from vandalism and destruction. Most of the buildings highlighted here are about to fall in on themselves. Only you can help these buildings by respecting them, learning about them, and possibly making a donation (in the case of Long Pond Ironworks.) They won't be around forever, so make the most of them.