Abandoned Vermont


Abandoned, neglected, forgotten buildings call my name. They have probably been seen my thousands of people or more, but who is the last person who lived there? Who cares about the building? What if no one else is paying attention? Will those stories and those descriptions be forgotten? As much as I love stories of saving historic buildings, it is a reality that not everything will be saved and restored and loved. Some are just deteriorating on the side of the road or back in the woods or down a quiet country road.

I love living in Vermont and driving in the beautiful warm weather. There is always something intriguing to see. Often I want to take a photograph of a building; but I don’t always stop. Usually I regret the decision not to stop because it might be a long time before I’m traveling the same route. In order to remedy that, I’m going to do my best to stop and photograph the abandoned, neglected, overgrown and forgotten historic buildings (or even those that are just old but look interesting) or roadside attractions.

Thus, I bring to Preservation in Pink, an “Abandoned Vermont” category. This page will serve as an index for the category, as I intend to make it a regular feature on PiP. You can also find the posts in the category section on the sidebar.

Abandoned Vermont Posts

Elgin Springs House

The Walloomsac Inn

Log Cabin Motel on Route 107

Sap Shack on Route 107

House on Route 107

Route 9 Gas Station

Hogback Mountain Ski Area

Wheelock Schoolhouse

Charleston Schoolhouse

Taplin School

Rockingham House

Putney Stone Arch Bridge

Story House

Fair Haven Depot

Hancock House

Windsor House

Clarendon Church

Clarendon House

Weathersfield House

Sudbury House

Weathersfield Store

South Ryegate Church

Bakersfield House

Chelsea House

Weathersfield House #2

Granville Inn

Chester Depot Inn

Simonsville Meeting House

Roxbury House

Dover Schoolhouse

Vergennes House

Barre House

Wolcott House

Longmeadow Inn

Warren Mill

Bloomfield Church

Putney Schoolhouse

Enosburg Falls Factory

Manchester Inn

Brandon High School

Randolph Coal & Ice Shed

Brandon House

Highgate Falls Church

Hubbardton Church

26 thoughts on “Abandoned Vermont

  1. What an interesting blog idea. I too, am facinated with abandoned structures and always wonder about them. Thanks for let me know that I am not the only one out there worrying about them. :) I love forward to more!

  2. I visited Vermont for the first time in my life last week. What a beautiful state! I was traveling North on route 30 from Lake George. I was wondering if you could give me any details about a huge white/green house that was abandoned?

  3. I love this idea, I live in NH where I sometimes come across long forgotten buildings. I often wonder who walked away from them and why, did they love them and care for them once upon a time?

  4. You could take a pic of the old Maple Gift Shop on Rt7 just south of St. Albans city
    limits. I loved going in there as a kid. Great gifts and maple products. It closed many
    years ago. And now that heavy snow we had a couple years ago collapsed the roof.
    It’s still there in ruins. So sad…

    • Actually, it probably will appear on one of these abandoned properties sites soon as I saw someone there just a few weeks ago taking pictures of Hyde Manor in Sudbury, VT. It is on the left (east side) of Rt 30 and it is truly amazing that it is still standing, or seemingly so from the front. Descendant of the Hyde Family lives (in warm months) in one of the two remaining Hyde cottages just to the north of this once splendid building. Many pictures of this building in its hey day were displayed at the Bicentennial Event for the Sudbury Meeting House, held in July 2007. These were donated by this descendant for purposes
      of display. The current owner of this building lives next door, to the south of it, believe it or not!

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  7. Kaitlin – I’ve been enjoying your blog as a fellow Vermonter and one with an interest in the forgotten (and interesting) local past, marked by structures and their remnants. I have a thing for railroads in particular, which fits in nicely to that theme… I thought you might find my post today interesting! http://richholschuh.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/depot-discoveries-part-one/

    Thanks for your own explorations and the stories you uncover around them. I’ll keep checking in.

      • I’m sure I will; I tend to move in small circles when exploring (it makes for a personal challenge, to find things even one’s neighbors haven’t noticed); occasionally I go a bit farther afield. I’ll run out of “depots” quickly, but there’s a world of related structures into which I can segue! Thanks for the peek. Keep it up yourself…

  8. In between two very dilapidated barns in front of the Shelburne, VT teddy bear factory there is an abandoned white farmhouse. My dad and I checked it out today, but I want to know more about it. I also think you should see it.

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