I decided to go looking for ghost towns and random abandoned buildings again this morning. Again, I opted to not go too far out of town and just see whether random places (which I hadn’t heard of) in my road atlas actually had anything there anymore. Mostly, I found nothing at the actual places I’d mapped out but I found a fair bit on the way. I probably could have found just about as much by making random turns wherever as there really is a lot of abandoned stuff in the countryside but I think by putting specific places into my GPS I should be upping my odds of finding actual ghost towns.
I noticed an old one room school just off the highway called Nolan School. I’ve been by here several times and never noticed it before. I think it is easy to miss things when travelling at highway speed.
Once I made my way onto my first gravel road of the day, I immediately found an abandoned house and then another schoolhouse called Scentgrass Lake School. The schoolhouse was a bit strange as it looks like it might still be used for something (the siding looked newish) but there were no windows at all expect for tiny basement ones.
Hatherleigh had a sign saying it was 2 km when my GPS said it was over 3 km away; my GPS was correct. This place had a community hall that looks like someone is working on fixing up. There are a few lived in houses around too. It looked like there was an abandoned house next to an inhabited one but there was a big No Trespassing Sign and something about Protecting; so I had stayed well away. I later stopped when I noticed what I think might have been an old railroad station which was a fair bit back from the road right next to an inhabited house. When I got out to take a picture, I was quickly accompanied by a large dog from across the street. He seemed harmless enough but stayed right by my car until I drove away. Anyway, this place just had a weird vibe to it.
I drove around a bit more and found some more abandoned houses, some fenced off and some not. I didn’t find any actual towns though they were on the map. I also briefly stopped by Whitkow which I visited last fall to see how the community hall was doing as it was collapsing then. Surprisingly, it really doesn’t look any worse than it did then!
I ended up spending about three and a half hours driving though I really didn’t go all that far. As usual, I didn’t encounter much traffic. Strangely though I did encounter several transport trucks on gravel roads on a holiday; they sure create a lot of dust!