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My so called urban exploring profile is relatively prolific, I’ve had the chance to explore many wonderful places and have had memorable experiences in the wake of them. But there is always that one place that stands out from the rest – and on a breezy August morning, I stood in front of what has to be the most unnerving house I have ever explored, and it was the question of why that really… Read More

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This dated abandoned house was one of the most awkward explorations I’ve ever embarked on. The small property is located just outside the fringes of a slowly expanding village – where suburbia meets Vermont meadows and neglected rural roadways. Though the property is now surrounded by cloned condominiums with basketball hoops hanging over garages, the house itself is almost invisible,  hidden by its own property that has became a wild entanglement of thorns… Read More

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This abandoned house is lost in between the lines of the blur of traffic and the pensive solitude of the woods it sits in. Only a stones throw away from the nightmare that is 5 corners, this house sits alone on the threshold of suburbia, licking its wounds in dense woods that serves as its sanctuary. Time seems to have been forgotten by the modern world here, whose motorists pass it frequently 10 feet beyond… Read More

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For those of you who’ve been following this blog for a while, you probably know that I really dig the Champlain Islands, a storied archipelago stretching down from the Canadian border dividing the northern half of Lake Champlain in two parts. Growing up in Milton, some of the fondest summer memories for me was hopping in my father’s rickety 1978 Toyota Landcruiser and shunpiking agendalessly around island back roads on summer evenings; the… Read More

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It seems this year it rains every time the summer sends her best. The weather hasn’t been ideal for adventuring, with a string of floods and road washouts. So when a rare overcast afternoon came my way, I took advantage of it. Getting together with a good friend, we set off for West Bolton, a remote area located high in the slopes of the Green Mountains, only accessible by a labyrinth of back… Read More

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In 1850, Hiram Allen would discover Elgin Spring on his property near Vergennes, and knew he had found a way to turn a profit during the spring hotel craze of the antebellum age, a popular therapeutic treatment at that time. He built an elegant Greek Revival addition onto his cottage style farmhouse and turned his property into a hotel, located on the crest of sloping pasture lands, with a beautiful view fading into… Read More

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The area surrounding iconic Camel’s Hump is a rugged landscape of wild forests, rocky mountain streams, dirt roads and mountain villages. The centerpiece of all this is of course Camel’s Hump and the surrounding state forest that bears the name of the mountain that dominates the landscape. There is also a great deal of abandoned houses, trailers and cars here – all with different stories to tell. While traveling a rather narrow rut choked… Read More

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Sitting underneath a rough landscape that holds its namesake to be true, this old brick house has a story to tell. Located on a back road where the landscape has long given way from working farmlands to modern ranch houses and private mansions, this house is ancient compared to its neighbors, and sits in its own little world at the crest of a slight hill on the road. Its thick cut brick… Read More

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Hidden in plain sight in the center of town, this sad looking house has a story to be told that would make misery proud. This once attractive house is steeped in hard luck and roams in the ether. Though it was once a symbol of grandeur, it now stays down with its demons, lost to the vines that ensnare it – trying to keep its skeletons in. As the story goes, the house was the… Read More

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There is something strange about this old farmhouse located on a heavily traveled town highway near Chittenden County. As far as first impressions go, the strange feeling can start from your first glance. In a world where we expect things to fall into man made symmetry, this house was built differently. The house is shaped like a V, with the point lining up with the curve formed by the road it sits… Read More