I think I’m one of the few people who spends my vacation going to historical sites, especially if I’ve visited them before. Growing up in eastern North Carolina, I was able to visit a lot of colonial and Civil War-era sites, and so I’ve always been fascinated with those time periods.
It’s no surprise then, that our small vacation a few years ago resulted in us visiting Fort Macon State Park, located along the coast of North Carolina.
Fort Macon State Park has multiple personalities as the site of a perfectly restored Civil War-era fort, a museum-quality coastal education center and an unspoiled shoreline for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing. Nearly surrounded by water at the eastern tip of Bogue Banks, the park offers undisturbed natural beauty and opportunities to explore and learn about salt marshes, estuaries and dune fields. The fort—once a project of Robert E. Lee as a young army engineer—has a history as intricate and unique as the ecosystem. Cannon and musket demonstrations and guided tours are regular features, complementing extensive exhibits indoors and out. A bathhouse and handicapped-accessible beachside areas complete the recreational fare.
We visited the fort around 9am on a Saturday, where there wasn’t anyone else and we could take our time without being interrupted or feel rushed. The air was cool but with the sun out, it felt much warmer than it really was.
There isn’t too much to the fort in terms of ‘hours of entertainment’, but the history behind it is fascinating and well worth the visit. The view of the ocean isn’t bad, either. I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re ever down that way.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated with abandoned stuff. I know I’m not the only one, as I’ve spent countless hours searching online for anything and everything related to the subject.
Just a word of caution: if you start to search, be warned – you will find yourself immersed in endless subjects and images like I was.
The best part is, there’s are countless topics in relation to the subject: anything and everything from cars, buildings, entire towns, and even boats, as seen below for demonstration.
After a few weeks of browsing and reading, I came to the decision that I would dedicate a section of this website to abandoned stuff. I could have created a new website just for that topic, but that’s another hassle that I don’t want now.
It won’t be a constant series or anything, so don’t expect too much at first, but there will be a dedicated category to the subject.
My goal is to just document anything I can find personally here in Ohio, including pics and any information about what I find, if possible. I enjoy a story that goes along with pics as it seems to add to the authenticity of it.
With that said, enjoy the collection of abandoned boats that I found and stay tuned for more on this subject of abandoned stuff.
Disclaimer: Images were found via Google Image search and are in public domain as far as I could tell. If you would like your image removed, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will comply.
In case you missed the big news by NASA yesterday:
Astronomers have never seen anything like this before: Seven Earth-size alien worlds orbit the same tiny, dim star, and all of them may be capable of supporting life as we know it, a new study reports.
“Looking for life elsewhere, this system is probably our best bet as of today,” study co-author Brice-Olivier Demory, a professor at the Center for Space and Habitability at the University of Bern in Switzerland, said in a statement.
For Taco Bell particularly, empty or re-purposed restaurants are easily recognized in the suburban landscape. Their distinctive architecture (another franchise requirement) of arched “bell” window frames and pitched roofs may spark a craving for Nachos Bell Grande, but they’re also a marker of businesses that couldn’t keep up.
I came across this article earlier today and wanted to share. While they aren’t abandoned, I do like how they found new life as other business ventures. Humorous? Definitely. Still, it makes me wonder why Taco Bell didn’t just tear them down. Oh well.
I think there might be a few of these buildings not too far from where I live. I’ll have to go driving and see what I can find.
Oak Harbor, Ohio has a lot of history. Unfortunately, thanks to shitty decisions by past members of the town, much of the history has been torn down instead of preserved.
Thankfully, someone had the foresight to move an old log cabin from the fairgrounds to its current location, which, ironically, was the location of the old town hall/jail.
Instead of tearing it down, the cabin was moved and preserved for uses such as a cabin for Santa during the holiday season. There isn’t much to it as it’s a single-room cabin, but it’s still nice to see that someone still cares about history, even if there isn’t much back story to it.
Aside from a cabin for Santa, it’s also the site for homecoming/prom pictures, wedding pictures, and even the annual Easter egg hunt in town.
It’s a good reminder of a simpler life, even if it’s nothing more than a simple decoration.