You cannot walk around Upstate NY without coming across traces of old farms and industries. Fallen-down barns, the foundations of houses, lime kilns, stone walls, and wire corn cribs buried under wild grapevines and Virginia creeper. And even after all that has crumbled, rusted away, and been covered up with soil and leaf mold, daffodils persist, year after year, to show where a farmhouse yard used to be.





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Pictures of Upstate New York, April ~ ~ ~ A place where a farmhouse used to be.


6 thoughts on “Pictures of Upstate New York, April ~ ~ ~ A place where a farmhouse used to be.

  1. Around here, it’s stands of amaryllis that serve the same purpose. That, and windbreaks. One of the first things people did was plant their trees. You can get a good sense of where the houses were by the placement of the trees: always meant to be a block against the prevailing winds.

    I haven’t heard the phrase “corn crib” in a good while. I loved playing around them as a kid. Ours were wooden rather than wire, but those cobs of dried corn were just the thing for squirrels, or dolls who needed something special for supper.

    In Louisiana, it’s old sugar mill chimneys, and houses overgrown with kudzu. It’s slow, and poignant, and thrilling in a way.

    • Thank you, Linda, I got a big kick when you said dolls who needed something special for dinner :). We can only grow amaryllis in pots, too cold here, that’s a pretty nice flower to show up growing semi-wild.

  2. I suppose it is only a matter of time before these re-wilding farms get rediscovered, but I love it that for now nature is reclaiming this land. I hope that future tenants of the land will be more sustainably minded.

    • Yes, I think you’re right, some land will probably go back “into production,” there’s a lot of Amish and Mennonite farmers in this area now, looking for more land for their children to farm. It’s interesting to see them plowing this time of year, with teams of horses. That particular farmstead site in the photo is now a state hunting preserve, with a lot of ponds and wetlands.

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