Urban decay is present in most cities and towns across America. Old factories often have some interesting photo opportunities. Here are several examples.
Category Archives: America’s Past
Living in the Southeastern reaches of the United States, we are home to what was once expected to be a solution to severe erosion in the early 20th Century, brought on by farming and other man-made activities. A variety of plant, Kudzu, was imported into the US from Eastern Asia to perform that role. What happened eventually is not what was intended. The pervasive plant spreads so fast one can almost see it growing, sometimes a foot a day from “shoots” that spread and capture whatever is around. Below are photo examples of what it has done to some old farm buildings in SW Virginia. Were it summertime, the scenes would look more like a large green blogs. Our grandkids used to refer to the plant as creating “Monster Trees.”
Once, many years ago, most towns and cities in America had at least one usually small bank that served the people living nearby. The Great Depression of the 1930s mostly spelled an end to many of these banks, but some carried on. Today, what’s left are the shells of those banks, still standing strong with their Greek architectural style, reminding many of what once was. This bank I thought was unusual mainly due to its rather narrow but tall stature. The addition to the right side was an afterthought to the main building … I suspect. The next image provides a bit more detail. Nice subjects to find, and then to photograph.
In my opinion, the best places in the Commonwealth of Virginia to look for “history” are located in small towns and cities in relatively less traveled places compared to, for example, Virginia locals near the nation’s capital in the District of Columbia. Not that the latter is not full of great history, it’s just too “busy” for my tastes.
Chatham, Virginia south of Lynchburg is one small town that I love to visit. The old courthouse for Pittsylvania County is located in Chatham and its tall columns and unique clock tower make for some nice photography. The county was formed in 1767 and was named for William Pitt, the First Earl of Chatham. The Greek Revival building was originally built in 1853. Like I said, lots of history down here.
One of our family friends was showing me a couple of photos she had taken on her iPhone this winter and when I saw one I asked her where she found that subject, an old General Store. I decided right then that I was going to go visit that place with my camera as soon as the weather warmed and cleared. I’m so glad she put me onto this place because the photo below has become one of my new “favorites” of 2015 so far.
Getting a bit closer, I focused in on the old gasoline pump.
Check out the per gallon cost of gas at the time this pump was shut down. 32 cents.
Outdoor advertising was the main method of getting attention to products. Some signs were hand painted, others printed. All interesting and in the case of those still around, looking good.
Subjects like this are really great to find and photograph. In this case I had some help in the form of a tip from a friend. I’d love to get a lot more of these kinds of tips. Who knows, maybe I will.
Old buildings, used today or not used at all, no matter the purpose or design, are always interesting photo subjects for my eye. These scenes are located in the old Leaksville business section of Eden, NC. I sure would like to go back in time to see how busy the old hotel was, and the sort of visitor staying there. And then, I’d like to see what products Mr. Jones sold years ago in his hardware store. And what about the movies seen at the Eden Drive In? Don’t see these around much any more. Lots of questions, so many possible answers.
I found this old cemetery ground in a section of Eden, NC. It’s located across the road from a United Methodist Church, but as far as I know the burial ground is not related to the church. The Town now known as Eden was created in 1967 from three separate towns—Leaksville, Spray and Draper. I believe Spray Cemetery relates to the old town of Spray. The sign at the entrance caught my attention as I drove past, so I stopped and walked through the ground. It’s not been maintained, but still has an eternal feeling.
This grave marker for Victoria Edwards – Born 1848, Died 1900 was interesting to me because of the inscription which reads: “Heaven now retains our treasure, Earth the lonely casket keeps, And the sunbeams long to linger, Where our sainted Mother sleeps.”
The two names on the marker below are hardly in common use today. I found that interesting.
History in the form of old grave markers can be interesting, if you’ll look for it there.
As I’ve written before several times, I love anything associated with trains; especially when in an historical setting. When I found this old freight depot in a part of Eden, North Carolina I had not been to in years, I was excited to make some photos to help tell its story. Camera used was Fujifilm X100T.