New England Ghost Towns
New book by David Fiske, Forgotten on the Kennebec: Abandoned Places and Quirky People.
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Check out these suggestions for abandoned New England places to visit this summer.
This photo, taken in the summer of 2012, shows the new and old bridges near Bucksport, Maine.
The old one is now in the process of being dismantled. This view no longer exists!
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Ghost Town Hikingby David Fiske ( )
I developed an interest in abandoned places in New England after seeing a television segment in the 1970s which described a book called Abandoned New England. This book, by William F. Robinson, describes many abandoned places in the New England states. In addition to providing historical background on some of the places, locations and listings of structural remains are proviced for most of the sites.
An earlier book, Fessenden S. Blanchard's Ghost Towns of New England: Their Ups and Downs (1960), is an excursionary guide to abandoned places, and is partly a local history of the places covered, and partly a travel journal.
Both books are long out of print, though copies may be available at libraries or through the used book market.
Some of these abandoned places were settlements, some were military installations, and others were industrial sites. The reasons for the demise of such places are varied: sometimes a farming settlement died out due to low agricultural yields; mills, mines, or quarries suffered from exhaustion of natural resources or economic changes; military forts outlived the purposes for which they were constructed.
An example of a failed industrial site is Furnace Grove, on the eastern outskirts of Bennington, Vermont, where crumbling remains of old iron furnaces adjoin classic buildings which housed homes and offices for the iron workers. The remaining buildings are now quaint residences.
Remains of iron furnaces at Furnace Grove in Vermont.
Read more about Furnace Grove.
Photographs Available for Purchase
Please take a look at my profile on fineartamerica.com, where you can order prints or cards featuring some of the photographs I took while traipsing around the northeastern U. S.
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Slideshow of my photos that are available on fineartamerica.com:
Crown Point Photographs
Though outside of New England, the ruins of Fort Crown Point in New York are very interesting to visit. Here is a link to the official page for the historic site. I also have a collection of photographs taken at Crown Point that can be viewed/purchased.
Other Historical Photographs
There are plenty of interesting historical photographs, taken by me and other photographers, available at fineartamerica.com: historical photos .
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