|Mother Nature Taking Over.|
|The remains of a well.|
Finding abandoned homesites can be difficult, if not impossible, but there are hints, beyond a rooftop peaking through the trees, or even just nothing left but a chimney. Trees are our best allies. Especially certain kinds of trees. See a huge square area between some lumbering old oaks surrounded by young pines or scrub trees? A house or building likely existed there in years past. See a grove of magnolias? They might be marking an abandoned graveyard, or the entrance to a past driveway.
Ivy was another common decorative plant that can be a taletail sign of an ancestorial abode, and can totally hide a rock wall or entrance to a driveway.
This looks to be an old barn or stable that was on the Howell property, that was of some substantial size. Vines and scrub trees had taken over, but enough of the structure remained to give a hint of its former self. Sometimes, rusty old horse-drawn farmer equipment will remain inside or nearby. On the Howell property, several old farm buildings lined a dry creek bed.
|Huge old trees mark the spot where a home once stood.|
|One of the more recent houses.|
|The trail between one house to the other.|
|Can you see the building hiding behind the trail of vines and the not yet blooming daffodils?|
|I don't know the name of this vineing purple flower but they were everywhere among these old houses.|
|The trail of purple flowers will lead to a house, bring your machete.|
|This old house had obviously sheltered vagabonds before being totally abandoned.|
|The Howells decorated with Nandina berries|
|These tropical looking plants were common decor around Rocky River plantations|
|The back porch trying to hide|
|Bunkbeds for a large family and PLASTIC, someone slept here within the last century. Homeless tramps often found shelter in old abandoned homesites and were the cause of lots of fires that destroyed them.|
|A Staircase and cupboards and signs of vandalism.|
|Morning glories were a common decorative plant.|
|Wisteria can cover an entire dwelling in a few years.|
|Yellow bell bushes were a common and naturally growing plant that will take over a property if not tended and trimmed.|