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The picturesque Muncy Valley area, in north central Pennsylvania, is home to hundreds of family owned “working” farms. Much of that precious farmland is owned and operated by hard-working people of the Amish faith.

From just the right spot, high up on a hilltop, the productive fields seem to stretch all the way to the edge of the earth. One of the best vantage points of all is located outside of the small village of Clarkstown, Pennsylvania.

At the junction of two old dirt roads, where Ridge Road meets Bartlow Road, there is a view that is so amazing that it draws me back again and again. The photographs displayed in the pages of this calendar were all shot from the same location, one from each month of the year. This is a photographic record of the seasonal changes at The Forgotten Farmhouse.

You are looking at a very old house, situated in the middle of a very productive farmer’s field. The house is totally cut off from any access to the nearest roads. The building and its surrounding trees just stand there, like an isolated island. A person might start to envision all of the people who had known this humble farmhouse as their family’s home for all those years.

This dilapidated structure has obviously stood on this very spot for more than a hundred years. I wondered why it had never been torn down to make more plowable space for growing crops. There must be a lot of very rich history behind this extremely mysterious place.

This beautiful location has been a personal obsession, since October of 2007. Presented here is a collection of images that were photographed over the five years.

Your comments are always welcome!

© 2009 Gene Walls

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergabout 5 years ago

    Lovely collection of image of this rural property.

    Debra

  • Thanks a bunch, Debra! Much appreciated!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • JanT
    JanTabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful collection, Gene. Is the farmhouse for sale? No one lives there? Such a splendid setting; I can understand why you return.

  • Thank you very much, Jan!

    Actually, the farm was recently sold to an Amish family. They appear to use the house for storage, but nobody lives there… and nobody has for many years. The new owners built a beautiful new home and a huge barn on the property. They don’t seem to be interested in selling the house. It is literally in the middle of their largest field, with no driveway or any services.

    It’s a wonderful place to see, anyway.

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful collection

  • Deeply appreciated, Joy!

    All my best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Nancy Polanski
    Nancy Polanskiabout 5 years ago

    What a splendid idea, Gene! Now the Farmhouse will live forever in your beautiful images! This seasonal collection is really fabulous~

  • Thanks from the bottom of my heart, Nancy!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Jan  Tribe
    Jan Tribeabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful!!! you’ve got your calendar of this beautiful farm house and landscape!! I absolutely love it!!

  • Thank you very much, Jan!

    Deeply appreciated!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaabout 5 years ago

    Yah!!! :-) Sell gobs ;-)

  • I can hardly express how much this means to me! My most sincere gratitude, my friend!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • susanborder
    susanborderalmost 5 years ago

    i recieved my calender today and i love it. i love the photographs and beyond that the calendar itself is beautifully made. i didn’t think i’d want to actually use it because i didn’t want to ruin the photos in any way. because of the way it’s made you can use the calendar and still have the photos in pristine condition. another beautiful gene walls/red bubble item!

  • Thank you so much, Susan! I’m way beyond thrilled that you like the calendar!!! I want to wish you a great year of “visiting” the Forgotten Farmhouse!

    New Years Best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 1 year ago

    Great looking calendar,….I enjoy taking pic`s of old abandon farm house`s,……Working on a calendar,… just need a few more,…..real picky about the one`s I want in it,…..Like your idea here,……It turned out really great,…

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