The bakery was built in 1939 as one of many businesses to be run by the German SS. Because the war was already making raw materials difficult to acquire, it didn't actually open until 1941.
As the facilities at Peenemunde were being constructed, the war was already taking men and material away from the project. Initially, it was attempted to make the V-2 project a high-priority project, guaranteeing the supplies and manpower required, but since Hitler was still not convinced that rockets were the answer to the war, he vetoed those attempts.
This was, perhaps, the most interesting of the several houses I explored that day. So many different rooms Strange openings from one into another. All so fascinating.
Like many houses this old, and this size, there were two stairways to the second floor. This was useful since the main stairway was blocked by collapsed ceiling. The back stairs, however, were manageable if you remembered the lessons of earlier that day. Stay light, stay nimble, don't let too much of your weight rest anywhere for too long.
Another fairly typical old farmhouse in rural Ontario. Nothing particularly special about it. Nothing that would call you from any distance. Pulling up beside this one, I honestly didn't expect a great deal. Something about it, however, just had charisma, charm.
*Special thanks to Kim for making me aware of this place.
Several large turkey vultures took off from the roof as I approached the old house. They didn't seem terribly concerned about my presence, but left as though doing so was simply the polite thing to do under the circumstances. When I entered the house, certain sounds indicated they did not represent the only wildlife making use of this discarded shelter.
The GPS led us through a number of turns until finally we reached a "Road Closed" sign. Then there was the caveat... "Except Local Traffic". We're local!
We continued down the road until finally stopped by a fence kept us from going any further. We stopped at the fence and as luck would have it, only a short walk remained between the fence and our target.
When this structure was built, it was originally a church in another community. When the school that was originally here burned down, this structure was moved to take its place. Grades 1 - 8 attended classes here with an average of 32 children attending at any given time.
In 1965, with the construction of two new schools serving the area, this one was closed and auctioned off to one of its former pupils.