The best information that I've been able to obtain is that this was once a pheasant farm, and that the owner has passed away.
This was the primary target for the day, and I have to give a big shout-out to my coworker Al for tipping me off about this place.
This was a surprise.
We were in the midst of a 40-minute hike to find another location. As sometimes happens when walking significant distances, your eyes wander to the ground, and your mind wanders away. Suddenly, I looked up and there it was sitting just off the side of our path.
I love when this happens.
While looking over the route to another location I wanted to check out today, I happened to scroll past this place on Google Earth. I went back and scrolled in closer. It didn't appear there had been activity on they very long driveway in quite some time. Perhaps it would be worth a stop.
On this beautiful sunny Saturday, with Max the Exploring Husky tagging along, we walked down that very long driveway, well overgrown, and arrived at the place you see here.
I love these chance encounters.
This was a twofer.
When I showed up, it was with the expectation that there was only one house. There were two.
As you will see in the pictures, the first looks like a very old farm house. It's falling ever so slowly apart and is beyond salvage. The second place, however, is in very good condition and could continue to be used. I think, however, that it's owner may have passed on.
This place looked like a reasonable prospect on Google Earth. Of course, you never know what you've got until you get there.
When Max and I arrived, there appeared to be no traffic on the driveway for a considerable time. I got out and took a few exterior photos. As I came around the corner of the house I made the brief acquaintance of what had to be an 8-point buck. I'm not sure which of us ended up with the faster heart rate, but he bolted before I could even get my camera up.
It was a nice December morning as Max and I followed the routes laid out for us by the GPS. I still had a number of prospects to check out, and mother nature was being kind enough to afford me the time before snowfall to do so.
It was a little chilly, and there was a bit of snow on the ground. Normally, the latter would have ended my exploring season, but for some reason, I can't seem to let go this year. My trusty husky and I rolled up on this place and had a look around. The contents and lighting made it a great, worthwhile stop, but the proximity of neighbors immediately across the road ensured that I didn't linger here long.