I know I don't need to go into detail about how I obsess over old homes, I'm sure I have done that enough by now. BUT, one thing that I have not talked about would be my obsession with old abandon farmhouses. We have all seem them, but does anyone have a real answer to why so many sit empty until they crumble? With my husband being a farmer, his perspective is......it usually has to do with how things are written up in the will. A lot of times land can not be broken up, so families just let them sit instead. Or, possibly families feuding. Who knows. Regardless I hate seeing them fall apart and sit vacant when so many people are willing to buy them and bring them back to life.
When I was a little girl I remember sneaking up to an old abandon farmhouse down the street from where my dad grew up. The long overgrown driveway led to an old white house with a barn and some outbuildings. When looking in the windows you could see all of the old furniture that was left behind. As neat as it was, it also struck me as odd. I couldn't comprehend how a beautiful home filled with all this furniture could be left to fall apart, and honestly I still don't fully understand. This is when my curiosity and love for them began.
Years later once I could drive, my sisters and I would occasionally sneak out there. That unfortunately came to an end one afternoon when the owner of the property drove by, saw us, and chased us off. Below are pictures of this home. It is located right off of 159 on Schmidtt Lane between Belleville and Smithton Illinois. The picture on the left was taken in 2009, the last time I walked up to the property. To the right is what it looks like today in 2018. Its been pretty sad to watch this house crumble over the years.
The day I went out and took this picture I figured why not drive around and take pictures of all the abandon farm houses that I want to snag up. Although most of them are pretty far gone, I can still dream right?
Next up would be the house directly across the street on Schmidt Lane. It looks similar to the one above. Not sure if the same person owns the two properties or not. If they were willing to sell....I have a few ideas....one would be to add a porch going all the way across the top and bottom. STILL dreaming....
Below there is not a house pictured, just some trees in a field. I wanted to share this photo, because the summer after Chris and I met we would sneak into a house that was once there. It was a two story brick home. If I had to guess I would say it was built sometime mid 1800's. It was filled with old furniture, and the home needed LOTS of work. I searched the internet to get info on the owners. I never actually spoke to them, just distant relatives and after talking to them I was told they would never sell. So our hopes of buying and rehabbing it were over. A few years later it was torn down. This is located on Brenner Rd. in Freeburg Il. Unfortunately the phone I had photos on of the home still standing is long gone.
Just down the road a bit near Robinson School Rd pictured below is what remains of an old farmhouse.
Heading back into Belleville where S. Green Mount Rd. meets Old Freeburg Rd. stands this beauty pictured below. It wasn't until recently I was told its been sitting vacant for awhile now. I was told this one too sits filled with furniture. This one has been my latest obsession.
Last up is a home located in downtown Belleville, just a few houses down the street from our old home on Abend. Although it is not a farmhouse out of town, I always thought it looked like it should be. Six years ago when Chris and I purchased our first home it was in foreclosure we had to hop so many hurdles to get it we almost walked away and bought this one instead. Although it is no longer for sale, it has been sitting vacant for at least seven years that I know of. There are such great possibilities for this home, and I hate seeing it sit unoccupied.
When we put our Abend Street house up for sale we tried to remain hopeful on finding an old home on some land, although we knew it would be tough. But, the house sold and we still hadn't come up with anything. Instead of throwing our money away renting a place until the right opportunity would come along we decided to buy the home we are in now until we find our forever place. Since I am known to have zero patience this is kind of hard. In the near future I can see myself knocking on doors making offers on homes that are not even on the market. You.Just.Never.Know ;)