Abandoned in Virginia

Abandoned in Virginia – Day One (3/3/14)


Immediately after Abandoned in Virginia was published on Facebook last March, contributions began to pour in.  Here are some highlights of the photos submitted by others to the page on day one, March 3, 2014.    If you recognize the location of any of the unidentified settings, feel free to comment with the city or county…but please do not identify the specific location of abandoned old homes.

As you can see, the page immediately began to flourish with a variety of excellent photographs of a variety of structures around the state.   I remain extremely grateful for these contributions and for the ongoing support of the page.

The first contributed post to the page…the former Rachel’s Inn on 221 in Goode. Known for chitterlings and the coldest beer in Bedford – photo by Steve Hammer
old McCauley Store & Post Office in Goode, Virginia, posted by Melvin Mick Brafford
former Piedmont Mills in Lynchburg, posted by Kai Rainey
near White Falls Mill in Pittsylvania County, by Stacey Yeatts Haskins
Piedmont Mills Historic District in Wirtz, Franklin County, by Megan Truman Dillon
former Post Office in Goode…not necessarily abandoned
old bank in Big Island, photo circa 2006 by Chris Tanner
Old Moneta produce store, used in the “What about Bob?” film, by Lynn Franz
building at former DeJarnette Asylum in Staunton, by Shanna Mueller
a rather unusual contribution posted on day one from Heather Taylor…

about the photo and house above:
This is an abandoned house located in Callaghan, Virginia. My horror photography company, GOREgeous, was granted access to use this home for promotional photos by the caretaker”

old fire tower in Nelson County, by Jenn Rodgers Callahan
Union Level in September 2013, by Brooks Lenhart Photography
old mill wheel in Campbell County, by Nikki Pugh
old McCauley Store in Goode, by Melvin Mick Brafford
Old Eggleston High School…. Eggleston, Giles County…posted by Samantha Anne Robertson, photographer Tim Williams
Nolde Brothers Bakery, Norfolk, by Steven Selinger
in Amelia County, by Kathie Kathie
western opening of the original Crozet Tunnel near Waynesboro, by Jim Pysell

About the photo above:

It’s the Blue Ridge train tunnel built in the 1850’s and closed in 1944. It is 4100 ft. long and currently walled off in the middle. The localities are trying to re-open & restore it to be used as a hiking/biking trail. It’s only a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway.”

A former country store on the Old Blue Ridge Turnpike (Rt. 231) in Uno, Madison County, by D. Travis Brandel
old school (or church?) in the Sunny Bank area of the Northern Neck–taken about 3 years ago – photo circa 2011 by PastorJan Grissett
in Appomattox, now demolished, by Melissa Sue Fulton

About the above house:
This house was built in the early 1900’s, and was demolished to make room for a parking lot the year before last. I believe they called it the Christian Home after the gentleman (Dr. Christian) who lived there from the mid-twenties, until his death in 1955. Since sometime around the early 2000’s, the property has been in the possession of Liberty Baptist Church, and had been sitting in disrepair for some years before the church finally decided to tear it down.
I’m sure their reasons for demolishing this building were sound, but I can’t help but wish they had chosen to preserve such a beautiful piece of the town’s history!

in Woolwine, Va. (Patrick County), on Rt 8 near 58 east – by Christine Davenport
in Rural Retreat, by Sarah Havens
near Soapstone, by Jim Talbott
in downtown Lynchburg, by Hannah Mcpheters
in Buckingham County, by Kathie Kathie
old house off of Rt. 221, by Melvin Mick Brafford
by Stan Burpee, location unidentified
in Meherrin, by Robby Batte

about the above building:
Main Street Meherrin is the county line for Lunenburg and Prince Edward counties. This building on the Prince Edward side of the road more recently was a church, prior to that a pool hall (I believe), but originally was a general store (thanks Linda Gee Nunnally). Photo taken last November.

now-demolished old house on Longwood Avenue in Bedford, by Melvin Mick Brafford
by Carissa Eichler-Crawford, location unidentified
in Pittsylvania County, along Rt. 29, by Jenn Rodgers Callahan
in Buckhingham, by Sherri Moyer Brooks
in Bedford, by Lola Via Meador
Rt 652 in Gladys Va. across from substation, by Jody Denton-Hudson
in Gladys area, by Kristin Nelms
along New River Trail, Alisonia, by Angela Koster Scott
in Matthews County, by Kathie Kathie
Jessee’s Mill, by Ashley Jessee
by Jeff Levy, location unidentified
another photo of old Eggleston High School, by Ashley DavidsGirl Williams
on the banks of the Appomattox Riverside Park in Ettrick, by D. Travis Brandel
along the Rolfe Highway in Smithfield, by Grace Harding
Abandoned AMC Javelin in Amelia County, by Tom Saunders
in Wirtz, by Megan Truman Dillon
in Pittsylvania County, by Michael D. Burnett
unknown location and contributor