These are some images from my trip home in July, 2013. Most are from my husband’s little home town of Manilla, Indiana, which I didn’t even know existed just 10 miles or so southeast of my little home town until I met him when he began working in my home town. How crazy is that? I immediately fell in love with the people, the buildings, and the history.
I would love to see the remaining buildings restored and brought back to life – and even those that are long gone rebuilt and turned into thriving businesses once again. A girl can dream.
An abandoned tobacco barn between Vevay and Madison, Indiana.
Old, derelict barn between Vevay and Madison, Indiana. The south end says Kentucky Club Pure Tobacco. The west side, Mail Pouch. There are too many missing boards to read the smaller print beneath both ads in this picture.
Spotted while cruising the country between Manilla and Little Marion, Indiana. Photo by Lis’Anne Harris
A collection of old Studebakers. I wouldn’t call these abandoned, but I would call them pretty cool.
This building used to house a bowling alley, hardware store, doctor’s office, and a restaurant back in its heyday. There were two large storefronts attached to the left. They were torn down many years ago for some reason.
North side of above building. Once home to a bowling alley, hardware store, doctor’s office, and restaurant. I’m sure sundry other businesses came and went over the years.
The Manilla grain elevator once sat where the Studebakers in the above image are now. The abandoned building to the right has been empty for at least 30 years. We can see the two missing sections of the bowling alley building in this picture. The Kessler Market sign is long gone, but the store was still open in this image from the latter half of the 20th century. Photo copyright Karen Gahimer Williams.
Kessler’s Market, Gas Station, and Church. Manilla, Indiana. The church and gas station buildings are long gone. An old brick bank building once sat just to the right of the market. Photo copyright Karen Gahimer Williams
Gross Store, 1914, Manilla, Indiana submitted to the Shelby County, Indiana genealogy website by Phyllis Miller Fleming
The old Kessler Market grocery store building, Manilla, Indiana, in 2013.
The old, abandoned Kessler Market grocery store building in 2013. Manilla, Indiana.
I have always loved this place. It appears to be vacant now. I wouldn’t necessarily call it abandoned though. Old hotel converted to single family home many long years ago. Manilla, Indiana. Picture taken July 2013.
Old hotel converted to single family home many long years ago. Manilla, Indiana. Picture taken July 2013.
Old hotel converted to single family home many long years ago. Manilla, Indiana.
The Schutt’s Blacksmith shop has been in continuous operation – probably since the town was founded in the early 19th century. The sound of hammer striking metal once echoed through the town. I don’t know how much metal work is done now, but the family still uses the building.
Awesome old Schutt Blacksmith 7up sign. Manilla, Indiana.
I don’t remember her name, but my husband and I used to take the little old lady who lived here whatever fish we’d caught from the local countryside ponds and lakes. I still think it’s a very cool house and would love to see the inside. I imagine this house is nearly as old as Manilla, Indiana itself.
Little decrepit outhouse in the trees near very old house. Manilla, Indiana
Same house as above, different angle. Manilla, Indiana
Old garage. Manilla, Indiana. There’s something about this quaint little building that draws me in. It must be the diamond windows the owner thought would really dress it up – and it did!
This old barn sat behind the Manilla, Indiana grain elevator. It was torn down many years ago. Photo copyright Karen Gahimer Williams.
Manilla, Indiana. This lovely church was torn down at least 20 years ago. I never understood why someone didn’t buy it and convert it into a house. It’s always so sad to see such a beautiful building like this razed.
This Methodist Church in Manilla, Indiana was torn down almost 30 years ago. It could’ve easily been up-cycled into an amazing home! | lisanneharris.com
Palmer’s Antique-Thrift Store. It burned down about 20 years ago. Manilla, Indiana. I had always planned to explore the store, but put it off too long and now it’s all gone. Photo copyright Karen Gahimer Williams.
Aerial view of Manilla, Indiana. The old bank is still standing to the right of Kessler Market. I’m not sure what the building was to the right of the bank, but in later years it was torn down and a gas station replaced it. The filling station is gone now, too. Picture taken over 60 years ago.