Old Farm, Saugerties, NY

This farm property is located on Route 32 in Saugerties, NY.

At the time of these photos (2011), four structures occupied the property:  A garage, a barn, a block garage, and a shed.  The garage was being used for storage of household items.  The block garage was being used for storage of tools and equipment typical of a household workshop.  The barn was mostly empty and deteriorated.  The shed was also mostly empty.  A house was also associated with the farm property.

A stand of evergreen trees was located in the southeast corner of the property that may have been operated as an area for growing Christmas trees at one time.

According to a Phase I Cultural Research Investigation dated September 2003 and locals, the property was part of an old farm homestead.  Several lots were subdivided from the main property over time.  The house that is the main structure of the homestead (located on the lot adjacent to this property), was built between 1875 and 1891.  Prior to that time, the subject property was vacant.

Location:  Google Maps (42.034752, -73.954876)

Abandoned Barn, Pine Plains, NY

This is an abandoned barn at the intersection of Schultz Hill Road and Route 199 in Pine Plains, NY.  It may have been a blacksmith shop at some point, based on some historical research.  Not photographed is the fact that there is some machinery under ground in the basement that appears to have been powered by the stream through a raceway.

Location:  Google Maps (41.978771, -73.615832)

Florida Agricultural Museum, Palm Coast, FL

From their website, “Learn about Florida’s farming history, rare heritage livestock, native plants and wildlife. Rare cracker horses and cattle, descendants of the first Spanish settlers’ livestock, make their home at the Museum. Learn about the history of the Museum and the authentic structures relocated onto the Museum grounds and carefully restored. The Museum’s farm showcases an abundance of native Florida plants and wildlife.

More information: Website

Location:  Google Maps

672 Route 82, East Fishkill, NY

As of 2014, this property is undergoing review to be redeveloped.  It previously operated as a horse farm with a residence.  The house was constructed circa 1818-1820.  The barn was constructed circa 1920 along with an outbuilding that is currently used as a one-car garage and storage building. The property was farmed until the 1940s, including corn.

The road leading to the subject property – Joe’s Mother’s Road – initially traversed the entire property and was part of Route 82. According to topographic maps, Route 82 was re-routed around the property sometime between 1903 and 1943

Location: Bird’s Eye View

Farm at 53 Salt Point Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY

I had the opportunity to photograph a disused farm property at 53 Salt Point Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY.  It stands out among the modern development around it.  A railroad once passed along the northern border of the property, but the railroad bed has now been converted to a rail trail.  I was excited when the owner of the property showed me an old photograph that showed a train traveling along the railroad, and also an old photograph showing a house that formerly sat at the top of a hill on the property.

The owner told me an interesting story about the house at the top of the hill:  In the depression era (and prohibition era), the house was rented out to some gentlemen.  One day the people left and the property owners went into the house to see what its condition was.  They discovered that the renters had removed most of the floors and ceilings of the three-story house so as to place a gigantic distillery that was taller than two stories.  Needless to say, the house was no longer rentable and eventually it burned down.  Now only stone remains are left.

Map: Location on Bing Maps Bird’s Eye view