The Holiday Gazette:
Halloween is tied for being my favourite holiday. Even though it's still September my mind is on ghosts, ghouls and goblins. Mostly haunted houses.

I guess that goes along with my interest in urban exploration which is having a look at abandoned buildings. I've taken a few photographs of two abandoned houses in my area. I didn't dare to go inside without having someone else around. Just in case I had an accident. I don't have a cell phone to call and let anyone know where I was. Assuming they could find the out of the way and off the beaten path location.

What is the attraction to an old wreck? I really don't have a good answer. Maybe it's the mystery or the loneliness of the place. A version of that cheer for the underdog thing. An abandoned house can't get much more underdog.

My nephew called them "wrecky rat bird" when he was a little boy. We had been telling him about an abandoned paint factory we saw on a road trip. He must have clicked on the idea of it being a dwelling for rats and birds cause that was what he began calling all the ruined places we saw on that trip and afterwards. It's stuck too, I still call them that when I'm talking about them. Even though no one else knows where the term came from it's not so hard to figure out.

Hope you are having a few little tremours of Halloween, even though it's not October yet. - This is the original link, no longer has content now. Photographic prints of abandoned farmhouses in Ontario. Taken by Allan Lewis, taken between 1995 and 1997.
About the Photographer Hello and welcome to my website. I'm glad you've found me and I can say with some certainty that if you are here reading this we have something in common. A love and appreciation of the old farmhouses that are scattered throughout this province. For me, growing up in Mississauga, Ontario during the 1980's, I was a witness to the destruction of many of these great old homes to make way for the subdivisions that have engulfed that city. I was moved at the time to photograph some of these homes before they were destroyed or converted to commercial uses. In the mid-nineties I moved to Osprey Township south of Collingwood, Ontario. Here, I found a new batch of abandoned farm houses that were also under threat. Not from a developer but from time and Mother Nature herself. Once again the camera came out and my favourites of these later photos are what I've made available to you here. I will be offering more photographs including some of the original Mississauga series in the near future. I'm sure you'll find as much pleasure looking at, and wondering about, the homes in these photos as I do. If only they could talk!
The above is quoted from the original site, found with the Wayback Machine.

Photos of abandoned farm houses, taken in Ontario.

When I was a baby we lived on this farm. I don't remember it but my Mother does. She says when we lived there the farm had a lot of these stone sculptures. At each corner of the farm property were smaller stone columns which had decorations on top. These gates have been in worse shape each time I see them. There are only two of the four corner columns left now. One has nothing left on top.

But, when we lived there the man who made them had a whole courtyard with much more fancy and labour intensive work. A farmer moved in after us and had all of that torn up. I don't think there are even any pictures of it. Once I did see the gates in a newspaper clipping. It's really nice that at least some of it can be kept in pictures.

Urban/ rural exploration photos taken in the light of day. Makes it much easier to see them!