Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More favorites from the Cornish Estate

I keep looking through the photos from our visit to the Cornish Estate remains and it seems like each photo is shouting "don't forget me," so I need to show you a bit more of this magical place. You can find my previous posts here and here and my article on Hamlet Hub.

The pool. Yes, this estate really had it all....a greenhouse, about a million fireplaces (ok, I exaggerate just a little), the longest windy driveway up the side of a mountain and even a pool. 

The remains of an iron fence against a tree.

The more we wandered, the more we interesting things we found. 

The photo above is one of my favorites from our visit. It was our first view of the tower of chimneys and I was in awe. Four chimneys stacked on top of each other. The photo below shows the other side of the tower of chimneys.

We stood in the center of the remains and felt so tiny in this giant structure. We looked up at the giant windows, the towers of chimneys and tried to imagine how beautiful this place must have been. 

To me, this place felt magical.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

More from The Cornish Estate...the Greenhouse

We wander through the remains of the Cornish Estate. If you missed my previous post, you can view it here. We were in awe of how amazing this house must have been, and thrilled we were able to find it and wander the remains.

As we made our way around the outside of the house, we saw this.....the remains of the greenhouse. 

We were excited to have even more to explore. The front of the building was amazing. 

The remains from the big front doors.
We followed the path up and around the back of the greenhouse so we could look down on it. The entire frame seems to still be there (minus the glass). 

The view of the house from the upper trail. The driveway came up through those arches.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Once, there was a magical estate on a mountain.

Over the weekend, we set out to find this magical place. I had heard about it, saw pictures of it, but knew that I needed to make the trip here to see this amazing forgotten place for myself. I studied maps of the area trying to figure out exactly where it was. Once I was sure, we set out on our journey. 

It was a perfect day for a hike. As we made our way up the path, I was getting nervous that I misjudged where it would be. We continued on, and suddenly, through the trees, we saw it.

What I originally set out to find were the stacks of fireplaces. They were so beautiful, so perfectly balanced, and really made me imagine what the inside of this estate must have been like. I think we counted around ten fireplaces. There were even remains of the tile still attached to a few.

The windows....take my breath away kind of windows. I think I may be a bit obsessed with that giant arched window. Can you imagine how beautiful that must have been when this estate was standing in its former glory?

Standing inside the remains taking in the windows, the fireplaces, the details that still remained.....this building was truly magical.

It was more amazing that I had hoped it could be. There is so much more I can't wait to show you, but it was too much to fit in one post. Be sure to check back here on Friday to see more.

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UPDATE: To read more on this place, check out my article on Hamlet Hub .

Friday, February 28, 2014

What little remains....a train station in the woods.

I noticed this support post while driving down a parkway in New York. While many might not notice this or give it a second thought, I was immediately intrigued. I soon discovered this was the remains of a train station. I knew I needed to see it up close.

I ended up at an event nearby, and knew I couldn't head home without a quick stop to see this place. I never explore alone (because I'm a big chicken), but I had to at least see it. I parked, pulled on boots, and ran, camera in hand, down the path to find this train station. 

The platform.

Not much remains, but it was still a really cool find. I wanted to explore more, but I didn't want to wander too far into the woods alone. I will be heading back to explore more and take more pictures.

I will definitely be heading back to explore more and find out more about the history of this forgotten place.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Time to Talk About Pumpkins!

While it might be cold out now and blog posts about giant pumpkins might seem far off, but now is the time to start thinking about these giants. Growing season will be here soon, and now is the chance to get a giant pumpkin seed.

If you visited Ridgefield's Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off last September, you may have wondered if you could grow one of those giants yourself. If you are still thinking about it, now is the time to start!

Connecticut Giant Pumpkin & Squash Growers are having their seed auction this Saturday, February 15th. 

Instructions to register for the auction, rules, etc can be found at Seed Auction Information on Ridgefield's Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off Page.

A seed from this giant will be included in Lot #4.

Buy a seed, and you could watch one of these giants grow in your own backyard.

So what do the seeds look like? These seeds are from a long gourd (long gourd seeds will also be auctioned, as well as watermelon seeds). 

The pumpkin seeds look like the ones you pull out of your pumpkin when carving a jack-o-lantern, just larger. The seed below comes from the first pumpkin to break the 2,000 pound mark (that is not a typo!). One seed from that 2,000 pound pumpkin will be the last lot in the auction.

So, if you have always wondered what it would be like to grow your own giant pumpkin, be sure to join the auction on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8 PM. Instructions can be found here

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The forgotten Boyce Thompson Institute

When I write abandoned greenhouse, one might imagine a small glass structure with broken windows. While, yes, this is an abandoned greenhouse, there is nothing small about it. This magnificent structure was once the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research.

Surrounded by this beautiful fence, we made our way around to see these amazing greenhouses.

As I stood here in awe of this building, I kept wondering how someplace this beautiful could be forgotten. Once the home of so many species of exotic plants, it is now overtaken with weeds and several cats.

I stumbled upon this sign, and although it is such a small part of this amazing place, I love the little details.

In front of this building once sat raised beds filled with gorgeous plants. Now it sits here in this forgotten state. 

How does a place this beautiful become forgotten? I am drawn to this building, and the other forgotten places I photograph, because they have these amazing rich histories that have somehow been lost. I hope that in photographing them and sharing those photos, I am preserving a little part of them.