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Abandoned

Relics of farmhouses hint at the glory days of Maine’s agricultural tradition. In remote villages, scenes of abandoned homes, churches, and vehicles mark changes in communities as populations ebb. The landscape is littered with these ghosts of Maine’s past, recalling a lost civilization but evoking questions of their secrets.

Abandoned Farmhouse in Westfield (2003)

Abandoned Farmhouse in Westfield (2003)

One of the state’s native poets, Edwin Arlington Robinson, captured the spirit of such places in his “House on the Hill.”

Abandoned Farmhouse, Aroostook County (2001)

Abandoned Farmhouse, Aroostook County (2001)

They are all gone away,
The house is shut and still,
There is nothing more to say.

Old General Store on U.S. Rt. 2 in Dyer Brook

Nor is there one today
To speak them good or ill:
There is nothing more to say.

Abandoned House in Vanceboro on Hill Overlooking the Village (2013)

Abandoned House in Vanceboro (2013)

Why is it then we stray
Around the sunken sill?
They are all gone away.

Old Barn in Sherman (2012)

Old Barn in Sherman (2012)

 

And our poor fancy-play
For them is wasted skill:
There is nothing more to say.

Abandoned Vehicle in the Brush and Trees (2005)

Abandoned Vehicle in the Brush and Trees (2005)

There is ruin and decay
In the House on the Hill
They are all gone away,
There is nothing more to say.

Church on the outskirts of Lagrange Village (2005)

Church on the outskirts of Lagrange Village (2005)

CP Rail Caboose in South Gardiner near the Kennebec River (2004)

CP Rail Caboose in South Gardiner (2004)

Farm Equipment on the Golden Ridge Road in Sherman (2004)

Farm Equipment, Golden Ridge, Sherman (2004)

Buildings on the Lewiston Road (Route 9/126) in West Gardiner (2014)

Buildings on the Lewiston Road (Route 9/126) in West Gardiner (2014)

Some abandonment is not obvious to a casual observer. But poke around in the woods near a now small village and evidence abounds. What looks like a big hole overgrown with trees may be an old dirt cellar. Notice what looks like a square rock wall and you probably witness a well-made rock foundation of an old barn or farmhouse. Even vehicles become backdrops to surging forest growth.

Abandoned stone foundation in Brighton east of the Fourth of July Road (2016)

Abandoned stone foundation in Brighton east of the Fourth of July Road (2016) @

Remains of a large rock walled foundation and cellar at the Jordan Farm site on Jordan Road in Brighton (2016)

Rock foundation and cellar at the Jordan Farm site on Jordan Road in Brighton (2016) @

Abandoned Dump Truck beyond the current end of the Scudder Road in Sherman (2016)

Abandoned Dump Truck beyond the current end of the Scudder Road in Sherman (2016)

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