Exploring Modern Ruins
This page is dedicated to all the folks who've seen abandoned buildings by the roadside and thought, "I wonder who used to live there?"
An abandoned house along Route 50 in Virginia.
I've always been fascinated by abandoned buildings and local history. When I was young and crazy (instead of old and crazy like I am now), I often visited the library and studied their old F. W. Beers Atlas of New York City & Vicinity. It was extremely helpful in locating where the old roads went in order to compare them to modern-day maps, allowing me to find places that weren't there anymore.
As a result, I've explored a wide variety of defunct and disused places: state police barracks, iron-ore mines, railroads, steel mills, mansions, tunnels, bridges, military bases—sometimes even entire towns which have vanished off the map leaving little trace they existed.
Over the years I've accumulated a significant collection of pictures of these places, so I thought I would share some of them on the internet so others who are interested in these crumbling old ruins can see them as well. These pages mainly focus on abandoned places in Virginia and New York, but occasionally also places in between. Enjoy!
Where to Find Abandoned Buildings?
Finding abandoned places to explore can take effort and research, by using Google Maps or Bing Maps, or it can be a spur-of-the-moment decision to check out an abandoned building you passed while driving. What are some of your favorite websites or sources of information? (Read more...)
Modern Ruins Recommended Reading
One of my favorite places to explore is the Hudson Highlands in New York. It's loaded with old crumbling mansions and old iron-ore mines from the 1800s. Fortunately, some books have been written which can help to find them. What are some of your recommended books on modern ruins and abandoned places? (Read more...)
Urban exploration can be dangerous. This website should not in any way be considered encouragement for anyone to ignore posted signs or trespass on private property.
Briarcliff Lodge / King's College
New York Central Putnam Division
43608 Ryan Corner Place
1009 Ruritan Circle
Evelyn Davis House
House on Sycolin Road