Urban Exploration: ABANDONED 1700s Stone Houses

Updated : Nov 07, 2019 in Articles

Urban Exploration: ABANDONED 1700s Stone Houses


So here we are at the remains of a… stone structure here Another one This house was built according to the sign 1785 and it was destroyed by fire in 1974 obviously this is all that remains an interesting fact is that the second floor of this house a a door called a funeral door so when family members died since the staircases were so narrow in these house if they died upstairs in there bed they had a door up on the second floor so they can get there casket out of the house kinda cool information fireplace not really much left of this one looks like a basement down there let see if we can find anymore Here is another one I found. More in the woods another old home.. just the ruins, stone ruins hate when they do that, i am not doing anything wrong just taking pictures here is the inside pretty neat steps are pretty neat must of been the front of the house here water pipe, can really see it but I just find it amazing, these stone structures everything looks like a fireplace right there, whats left of it..

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  • Shame things "progressed" to where we are now….Beautiful structure,architects today should take note,from a time when people understood the nature of things,thanks for taking the time,speaks volumes about the way you see things.

  • Awsome video steve!! What a strange way to build a 2 story. They didn't put a ledge for the 2nd story. With that fire it could have stood intact instead of a colapse. All that is left is the stubs of the floor joist in the walls. Wonder what the dam was for? Almost parkland like around that dam, nice and peacefull. They call them 2nd story doors funeral doors down there, yikes.

  • That does it. My Christmas present to myself this year is a time machine! I have to see what these places were like when they were new and what the areas around them were like. Though located here in the U.S. these ruins look like they could be from the moors and highlands of England and Scotland. I'm not on Facebook–yet–so it may have been discussed there but I wonder about the stones of the first house: have they just been covered over by nature for the past 40 years or removed to be used elsewhere?

  • Thanks for the great video. The work that went into this kind of  dry stone work is amazing. It's easy to picture a carriage or wagon going over a stretch of road next to the rock wall lining the water course (and that portion is in good if not excellent shape, too).

  • Absolutely love it,  I love looking at ruins.  While stationed in Germany I was fascinated more with the castle/building ruins then the popular castles/buildings.  Keep it coming.

  • Amazing,sorry lost you for awhile. accidently hit the wrong button and unsubed. finally got an e mail. so I got you back. thank you for this tour I just love the history,and you do a wounderful job.Thank you so much. beautiful scenery.being homebound,I just love going on your treasured journeys with you.Well, alot to catch up on,I'm sure. thanks again Steve.

  • Simply awesome field stone structures! I'm kind of curious where you're from. I've noticed people in certain parts of the Country pronounce 'stone' as 'stune', as well as other words I can't recall at the moment. Your videos are always interesting, far more interesting than any other US abandoned explorer on youtube. Thank you! 

  • Houses made of stone? Hard, complex work. Any idea why stone chosen rather than timber which appears to have been abundant? Were builders stone masons from Europe by chance?

  • Interesting. These remind me of a similar ruin where I live. It was a tiny one room cottage, and all that remains of it is the 4 walls and fireplace.

  • I always wondered what the land looked like back then, not just the houses. Its amazing to imagine some places like this could have been lively little villages or something.

  • Those were Awesome Steve, thanks for posting, I loved the sound of that flowing water, would be cool to make a video of relaxing water falls..

  • Wow. How in the world did you find these structures?! These are amazing! I can always count on you for the most interesting videos! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Just want you to know that I really like this video. It was lovely to hear all the birds singing around you. Great atmosphere. and interesting to hear about casket door thing too. .  It is fantastic stonework.
    That gable with the two fireplaces on that triangular shaped stack has obviously stood the test of time.
    Very nice and relaxing man.
    Very much appreciated today, THANKS   = )

  • There might be some bodies near the houses . It was very common practice to bury family members near the house in those days .

  • Beautiful ruins & interesting architectural doorway feature…learned something new there! Enjoyable watch…Thank you!

  • Wow, these are so fascinating!  I thought the funeral door concept was quite interesting compared to the modern world. I wonder how the caskets were lowered out from the upstairs door.  Excellent video and camera quality as always, Steve. Hope you have a good Thanksgiving.  Ours is in October here in Canada.

  • PURE American History right before our eyes!!! This is why I am a Subscriber to this FINE channel. Thank You Very Much for your time that you have put into these stories. I for one absolutely LOVE it.

  • This just in: perhaps there was or could be an issue with native Amer setting wooden structures on fire just by throwing flamming object on roorf, etc. Much harder with stone structures.

  • Awesome footage, Steve. I just found some of your posts today on youtube.com as I was searching for footage of abandoned places. Keep 'em coming!

  • Thank you for taking the time to make this and to do so with such thoughtfulness.  With that type of camera, the footage makes it feel as if I am actually there.  

  • I am quite confused about the funeral door.  Why would they take a casket upstairs, instead of just bringing the body downstairs?

  • That was neat, I like seeing such old buildings, you can only imagine the people living there with kids playing outside, what kind of furniture they had, what they did for income, was certainly a rough life, with the average life span of only 36 years. Middle aged at 18, wow. 

  • Amazing how fast nature reclaims her territory!  This was just so amazing.  These buildings were all built by hand! Fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

  • That dam was really cool… It is fascinating how with a bunch of oddly cut stones and cement, a whole house can be put together.. 300 years later & walls are still standing

  • These are so beautiful.  Thank you for doing all this.  I've always loved these kind of homes.  There's just something beautiful and haunting about them.

  • I just want to say thank you for this and that I enjoy you extra information about the subjects .Also think of the complete use of the local materials to build this place .(Green before Green was invented as a type of building)

  • Steve, the still photos at the end are superb. Outstanding composition pictorially. The color was crisp and clear and the black and white ones had sensational tonal range and were very moving. These pictures give one time to let the eyes roam over every part and contemplate the long-ago builders and those who lived there through time. Thank you.

  • Steve, this has to be one of my all-time favorite videos. And that is no mean feat as you have thousands of great ones. Do you have any more footage of this area? I would so have been happy to live there. From the stone dam to the stone houses all in the lovely woods. Are you at liberty to say where this is located?

  • What a beautiful video, Steve, what a beautiful place. Wonderful pics too. So many lives lived-those who designed these houses, cut the stones, laid them one by one-all had families, friends, bosses, their own histories. And I'm sure they could not begin to fathom, not in their wildest imaginations, the kind of world in which these structures would still stand three centuries later. Kind of overwhelming.
    Thanks again, Steve.

  • Hi Steve. I really enjoyed the video and the still pictures. I have watched most of your videos and find them to be the best exploration videos on You Tube. All videos and pictures are crystal clear with amazing detail. You must be related to Clint Eastwood.. 🙂 Subscribed. If you don't mind could you tell what make and model camera you are using. It has done a fantastic job detailing everything. Thank you for sharing your videos and pictures. And your time.

    Ernie

  • This reminds me of the civil war era place by where I live in Baltimore I will have to film some when my broken leg heals I love exploring

  • Awww. House number 2 could still be restored. I always want to see them brought back to their original condition. It's so interesting to see how people lived their daily lives in spaces they created for themselves.

  • I wonder how long it would of took them to make these houses  with what they had to work with back then

  • Excuse me, but I was wondering what the music at the end of the video was, can you please give me the name of it?

  • theres a few of them in this park. Look for the huge white one with rusted farm equipment outside. just a shell now since the second floor collapsed some years back, but still pretty cool.

  • steve.the other explorers go in laughing and goofing around.you on the other hand go into these homes with respect.keeping in mind you are a guest.i like your seriousness and proffesinal approach.you are the best.

  • There's an old area around where i live in Windsor mill Maryland and there are stone structures from the civil war era it's really awesome also there's a underground area they made for storage which is all stone and this place has the only part of land on the entire world that isn't owned by anyone or company it's an interesting story it's at a place called Gwynn falls leakin park there's also an old mill too and an old bath house and there's a part of the park that has an abandoned road and town which is cool I love old Maryland

  • I wonder what these old houses would say if they could talk? How many stones would be in this home and who had to gather them in. very interesting. Thank You for sharing.

  • I have a recorded a song about an abandoned stone house. would you be interested in collaborating on a video? Something lots of ironwork would nice, though I know that's a longshot.

  • The door on the side of the house, first or second floor was called a "Coffin door". It was considered bad luck to remove a deceased person from the front or back door of a house back then.

  • I love how you give a bit of history of these houses. No one else does that. the history fascinates me. I am a huge history buff so I enjoy that. really enjoy watching your videos Steve.

  • It's too bad the Historical Society in that community hasn't taken an interest in saving these structures from our past. Perhaps you could alert the National Historical Society, to see what could be done. Archaeological students and volunteers who love archaeology could and would participate in the reconstruction of these beautiful structures, with the fallen stones, and then turn the area into a Park.

  • I love these old houses you film. I wish someone would have tried to fix and sell them. Such a shame that they just crumble and die along with the history. Thanks for what you do.

  • These places were made to last, not like the tinker-toy crap they build now, too bad the families let them fall into ruin, I wish I could have a place like these🙏

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