The Forgotten Farmhouse Still Stands! by Gene Walls
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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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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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  • Penny Rinker
    Penny Rinkeralmost 2 years ago

    Very nice and I"m glad they didn’t demolish it. Thanks for capturing it so nicely too. Preserved in photo’s just in case.

  • Thanks, Penny! I couldn’t be more pleased that the new owners never got around to tearing the place down. I really thought I would be shooting an empty field …it was a very nice surprise.

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 2 years ago

    This is good news, & this is yet another GREAT shot, Gene! I got quite attached to this house via your photographs back then, & I’m delighted that you got such a positive shock! Bravo. Wonderful in each & every way.

  • Much appreciated, Sheila! I was driving up the steep dirt road to this remote spot when I almost jumped out of my seat, the moment it became apparent that the old house was actually still there. I was so sure it was already gone that I hadn’t even tried to get out there since April of 2010. There has been a lot of deterioration since the last time I saw the place …even more “character” to be admired.

    …closeup to follow soon.

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • CanyonWind
  • Many thanks for this kind honor, Pop’s! I truly appreciate this Feature!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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    NatureGreeting...almost 2 years ago

    Very beautiful!

  • Thanks a bunch, Carolyn!

    Kindest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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    NatureGreeting...almost 2 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL CAPTURE, AND SCENERY!! ~ <( ;o) ~ Carolyn

  • Thank you very, very much for this wonderful honor, Carolyn! I’m totally thrilled to see this photo Featured in “Scenery”!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Mustafa UZEL
    Mustafa UZELalmost 2 years ago

    good capture

  • Thank you very kindly, Mustafa!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...almost 2 years ago

    07/12/12

  • Thank you very, very much for Featuring this photo in “Our Planet’s Scenery”, Vicki! This extremely kind honor is deeply appreciated!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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