During a visit to my old hometown, my mom, Nancy, took me on a trip down memory lane – literally. We traveled every single road and alley, reminiscing over who lived where when she was young while I added my recollections from my youth.
I’ve always loved this house. It still looks exactly the same as it did 10, 20, even 30 or more years ago. And so does the owner. Love ya, Joe! 😉 Morristown, Indiana.
Neither one of us was sure of who the current occupiers were for some of the homes, but others still had the same owners. Knowing at least some things hadn’t changed made my heart glad. Seeing the neglected state of some of these made me sad.
Several of the images aren’t of abandoned places, but maybe of derelict buildings, overgrown yards, or outbuildings in desperate need of attention. A few are thrown in just because they mean something special to me.
I’ll start out this series with a few sent to me by a good hometown friend, Jeffrey Long, who now lives in Ohio. I would love to have seen this mill in all its former glory.
Bieber Mill, north of Delaware, Ohio.Bieber Mill, north of Delaware, Ohio.Bieber Mill, north of Delaware, Ohio.Bieber Mill, north of Delaware, Ohio.
I know it’s hard to find, but there is a garage in there. Somewhere in Morristown, Indiana
This house is right next to Joe’s. I always thought it was pretty cool with the white columns and balcony. I never knew who lived there, but mom did. I wish I could remember what she told me. Morristown, Indiana
We didn’t notice the front of this house looking empty and neglected. All it needs is a handyman and his family to move in and bring it back to life. Morristown, Indiana
It looks like someone forgot to saw off a few boards before nailing them on. Still a cool-looking old barn. Morristown, Indiana
Mom recalled this being a dry cleaning business when she was young. It’s now a 2-bed/1-bath for sale according to Realtor.com. Morristown, Indiana
In need of a little tlc. Morristown, Indiana
I know whose steps these are and I bet the house they belong to is every bit of 100 years old. The house is fairing very well for its age. The steps lead to a sidewalk that I don’t think is used but maybe one day out of the year. 🙂 Morristown, Indiana
I recall this being Boring’s Auto Shop. I don’t know what it was before or after. Morristown, Indiana
I’ve always wanted to explore behind these cellar doors. This is another that has looked the same for at least 30 years. I used to know who lived here, but can’t remember now. Morristown, Indiana
I don’t know who lives here now, but I once did. I was 11 years-old and visiting family in Chicago Heights, Illinois with my great-grandmother when we moved into this house. My older brother and sister picked out their rooms and left for me the creepy one with the door to the attic in it. :-\ I was afraid to go to sleep every single night. I always thought the basement was an eerie place, too – it had a large room with several shower heads, kind of like a locker room. I wondered if it was for servants. I would love to know its history, but never thought to research it until now. Morristown, Indiana
This is the former home of my great-great grandparents, Lindley Hoag Pitts and Cora Swain Pitts. It had been the Hauk-Spencer Mortuary for at least the last 40 years. It’s up for sale now and I wish I could buy it. Morristown, Indiana
I’m not positive, but I believe I remember this old gas/service station being open when I was very little. Fountaintown, Indiana.
The old Fountaintown, Indiana elevator. Closed many years ago.
The old Toon’s Restaurant. Fountaintown, Indiana. I can’t remember what was written on the side and can’t make out more than NO— probably CORNER RESTAURANT. Update: Norris Corner Restaurant Open 6a.m. 🙂
This strange little one-room abode had three entrances. I guess the owner needed a quick escape route. Fountaintown, Indiana.
I love the pop of green. It’s a shame to see this little dwelling go to waste. Fountaintown, Indiana
It had electricity. I think the owner should revamp the place, add a nice bathroom on the back and rent it to out-of-town visitors for $15 a night. 🙂 Fountaintown, Indiana.
Old Fountaintown Car Wash. I used to go there with my older sister and future brother-in-law way back in the day and watch him pamper his 1965 Firebird. I’m sure I thought I was the coolest chick hanging out with them! Fountaintown, Indiana.
The following series of images from the 1970-1971 Fountaintown School Yearbook is compliments of Jeffrey DeFord. Thanks for sharing!
If you have a series of interesting, sad, old, derelict anything from this town or any other and would like to share them, shoot me a message at lisanneharris (@) cox.net.