Last time I was here, a year and a half ago, I was fortunate enough to meet the previous owners of this farm, Denny Wagner and his wife Brenda. They kindly shared some of the history behind this great old homestead. The Wagner’s explained that the house had been originally built in the late 1800’s. Denny’s grand parents lived in this home for decades and his dad was actually raised here. The Wagner family built a new home, not far from this location, back in the 1950’s. The family moved into their new home and the old farmhouse has remained unoccupied ever since.
The Wagner’s also told me that the abandoned house was going to be demolished by the new owners, later that year. I was very sad to hear that one of my favorite photographic subjects would be gone forever …but such is life.
So… Yesterday I stopped by the site of the “Forgotten Farmhouse”, one more time, just to record how the scene would appear without that old house in the middle of the farmer’s field.
I was TOTALLY SHOCKED to find that the “Forgotten Farmhouse” is still standing in 2012!
I had been shooting this same farmland scene, every month, for almost two years. I actually created a RedBubble calendar titled “The Forgotten Farmhouse”, featuring those seasonal photographs of this most unusual place. I am extremely happy to learn that I will be able to shoot some more photos of the place that I had grown to love so much!
The same view from October, 2008 – The First Photo of the Series
This new photo was taken from Bartlow road, off of Exchange Road, about a quarter mile from RT-442. It is just a few miles east of Clarkstown, Pennsylvania, USA, on the way to Bloomsburg, PA.
The photograph was captured with a Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L lens on a Canon EOS 5D DSLR body. The aperture was f/6.3, shutter speed 1/80th sec at the 35mm focal length. A Manfrotto tripod and head were used, with a remote shutter release cable.
© 2012 Gene Walls
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