The Dark Side of Orange County I by mojo1160

The Dark Side of Orange County I by 

In all the times I’ve traveled down Old Greensboro Road in southwestern Orange County, I never noticed this collapsing old house back beyond the tree line until one autumn evening when the leaves had thinned out. From all appearances, it may have been quite a nice little home at one time. It looks like the original house had an addition built on later, though in its current state it’s impossible to say that for sure. The path or driveway or road that led to the front door is completely grown over, but is still easily picked out from the surrounding terrain. Which is totally creepy if you ask me (the famed Devil’s Tramping Ground is not far away from here in nearby Chatham County). In the fading light, I didn’t feel like spending too much time on the scene, but I did a full 360 around the outside. (The place is sketchy enough when it’s light out, I didn’t want to even think what it would be like in the dark.)

Location: Southwestern Orange County, NC (USA)
Camera: Canon EOS 30D
Lens: EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Shutter: 1/15Sec.
Aperture: F2.8
Metering Mode: Evaluative
EV: -2/3
ISO Speed: 400

  • Featured in Gems Gone Unnoticed 11.29.2010

Part of The Dark Side of Orange County Series

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  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 4 years ago

  • JanT
    JanTover 4 years ago

    Looks like the start of a new book, or is shot published in your Distant Echoes book?

  • No, I just shot these yesterday. I suppose it could be the start of a new book though. Hadn’t thought about that. The stories this place could tell would probably make fascinating reading.

    – mojo1160

  • JanT
    JanTover 4 years ago

    And you have a built-in audience in the ghosts still dwelling there, if they have checking accounts or credit cards. The living in Orange County and elsewhere in the state might like a book, too.

  • That’s a good point! And who knows, perhaps this one will do better than #5,435,379 in the sales rankings.

    – mojo1160

  • ShellyKay
    ShellyKayover 4 years ago

    this is outstanding. I love it! Nice work.

  • Thank you very much!

    – mojo1160

  • Patricia Strand
    Patricia Strandover 4 years ago

    It is creepy but good shot. Love that chimney!

  • Yeah, I didn’t waste any time getting in and out — or more accurately, around — the place. Definitely creepy, but I was equally afraid that it might collapse under its own weight any second. There’s still something compelling about such a place though.

    – mojo1160

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 4 years ago

    Bet this place has some stories to tell. Spooky but spectacular!!! Great capture in every way!!

  • I imagine you’re right about the stories. I’m not sure I want to know them all, though.

    – mojo1160

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 4 years ago

  • Awesome! Thank you!

    – mojo1160

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparover 4 years ago

    Lovely Work .!!

  • Thanks! It was quite a find.

    – mojo1160

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago

  • CDeblin
    CDeblinover 4 years ago

    It seems some folk just dont like to bull doze or renevate!
    I’ve seen one similar to this and then one with a really old creepy section of brick wall (still standing!)with windows, doorway AND with chimney still intact, another time! I wonder (driving past) if the previous inhabitants are looking at me from the windows? Hmmm …sure I can smell fresh scones driving past that place! This capture has ‘captured’ my imagination! A photo (in my opinion) should either tell a story or have the viewer asking questions. Thanks for sharing it with us Mojo. Smiles from Cobie :-)

  • I’d love to know the stories the place could tell. Based on the way the place was laid out, I’m guessing that what you see here was an addition to the original house. The chimneys are completely different for one thing (this one brick, the other one stone) and there’s a section in between that looks like it might have been the front porch of the original house, then was closed in when the addition was built.

    But addition or not, it doesn’t appear that anyone’s lived here in a whole lot of years. And the only way you’d renovate this place is to start with a bulldozer.

    – mojo1160

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