The nights are getting colder. And today’s subject is no exception. It was a nice day out, and we really didn’t have anything else planned for our journey. New England Ruins including . I was honestly a little disappointed with how short of a walk it was to find the base. Hanson This abandoned tuberculosis hospital, built in 1916 and shuttered in 1992, is one of many gorgeous Massachusetts medical facilities that closed their doors in … Many proposals have come and gone with what would be next for the old castle even as nature slowly began to strike back. Cool for us, I guess. But Bannerman Castle truly is amazing to see. If you follow the right paths, you can see the much darker and quieter corners of the monstrous facility. New Hampshire has a long history, so it’s no surprise that a few ghost stories have popped up along the way. In 1926, the fort was sold to a private syndicate in an attempt to keep the land from being developed. We have explored a lot of places in the Western Massachusetts area over the last year. There were only a few people here during our visit. And, as we all know, this is when the vandals and vagrants began to encroach. Why is it the abandoned tunnels that people find most tempting and fascinating? So if you’re up for an adventure, please do check out Above All. Our piece that wrote on this place is still the most popular one we have ever written. Old cell blocks. And yet, somehow, the castle has captured the hearts and minds of the local community. It was bloody exhausting, but I strongly recommend it to any of our loyal readers. You just have to look for it. Things can be a bit unpredictable. The forts were decommissioned in the late 1950s and later used for other activities. As within, so without.” It has been theorized this was the philosophy for when God created the Earth. Inside, however, is another story. New Hampshire Blockhouse at Fort McClary, Kittery, Maine. Rotting. There are at least half a dozen of the massive wooden enclosures. After a short Uber ride, we arrived at the gates of the prison. Here are a few of our favorite abandoned places across New England to go hiking! And, of course, there was plenty more graffiti. Personally, I think it’s great. So one day, while perusing Wikipedia for nearby parks, I just happened to click on Above All. I can honestly say that Litchfield is absolutely beautiful. But if you do, be sure to give us a shout out, drop us a line, or just spread the word. Wild vines and vegetation grow in canopies across the walls and porches. Ever since, the once grand tower now stands lost and lonely before her fallen kingdom. Just with a far different purpose. This year alone, we’ve covered places in New York, Boston, and now the City of Brotherly Love. Exploring Abandoned Locations in New England, Follow Abandoned Wonders on WordPress.com, Oubliette – The Abandoned Transient Camp Nepaug, As Within, So Without – The Abandoned Clausland Mountain Tunnels: Part II, As Above, So Below – The Abandoned Clausland Mountain Tunnels: Part I, Finders Keepers – The Abandoned Above All Radar Station, Rise and Shine – The Abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary, Secret Weapons – The Abandoned Cohasset Naval Annex, New Day’s Dawn – The Abandoned Scott Tower, Flight of Dragons – The Ruins of Bannerman Castle, Hail to the King – The Abandoned Hearthstone Castle. One of the forts still remaining—Red Sands Army Fort—sits rusting off the coast of England's Herne Bay. Everything else, however, has fallen into shadow. And now, after all these years, she finally makes an appearance here on our site. Hell, there isn’t even a sign marking the territory. Now only ghostly ruins still stand all over the woods. #3 – Fort Mansfield, Watch Hill, Rhode Island. And yet, the castle is simply breathtaking. We don’t know. But most curiously are the wooden frames at the far end of the park. Though this place may not be as exciting as it once was, it is still a good place to check out if you enjoy a little hiking. Plus parts of Eastern State Penitentiary are absolutely chilling. There is even a small parking turn around right next to it. I wanted to be absolutely sure that we covered every last inch of the old base. It’s a bit more eventful than the previous room, but it is unfortunately the last stop on the trip. It is completely legal to visit, and well worth the trip. I was honestly a bit disappointed to not be able to get into the bunkers anymore. A large flashlight was in one hand. These sea forts were built to defend the country from air raids – but today they look like a lost set from The War of the Worlds. Plus parts of Eastern State Penitentiary are absolutely chilling. There are no marked trails. It may be one of the most picturesque parts of New England, but it has its share of secrets. The last place we visit for the year is almost always a good one. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, the castle was built in 1895 to a wealthy local family. But on the brighter side, the view of the Mount Tom valley is just bloody breathtaking. Jul 19, 2020 - Shropshire in England has 32 castles and about 25 hill forts. One of the star attractions of the old base is what we’ve come to call “Tree Tunnel.” It’s one of the few things that really attracted me to this place. Once one of the largest and most ambitious correctional facilities in American history, this place has truly become a legend. Here, National Guard troops trained and were stationed year round. Sunk Head fort was situated approximately 18 kilometres (10 nmi) from the coast off Essex and was grounded on 1 June 1942. The world has changed forever, and sadly things will probably never go back to the way they used to be. You hear it on social media. There is a strong odor of fresh spray paint in the air, which is certainly concerning. A little ways passed the fireplace is a large pipe in the ground. There are no twists or turns, since they were used to travel up and down the shooting range. Following Francis’s death in 1918, the castle went through a series of unfortunate events including fires, accidents, and architectural collapses. No surprises there. The old camp used to have several amenities for its guests. The new owner of the Tower will be fully responsible for the repair and maintenance of the walkway. If you are at all interested in visiting Eastern State Peniteniary, please check out their official website here – http://www.easternstate.org. First built in 1829, the prison housed some of America’s most feared criminals: including legendary Chicago Kingpin Al Capone. We ran into quite a few other hikers and adventurers on our journey. I still don’t have an answer, because I think everyone’s answer is different. We honestly had to run back a few steps just to assess the situation. We lost the trail a couple of times due to some missing markers, but if you stay on it you will find the tunnels. The castle was even featured in the most recent Transformers movie. Being forced to house more than expected, along with it’s archaic design, eventually forced the prison to close it’s doors for good in 1971. It’s once grand presence now haunts the Hudson River Valley. Eventually, the former military base was completely abandoned. The history of Hearthstone Castle is brief, but checkered. And the abandoned Camp Nepaug was no exception. Just please be safe. What we have here today are known as the abandoned Clausland Mountain Tunnels in Nyack, New York. Bear with me, even just for a second. And remarkably, not a single NO TRESPASSING or KEEP OUT sign was in sight. We usually avoid strangers when exploring abandoned places, and it was actually a little startling to come across these two. But honestly, when it comes to hardship, there is no forgetting about it. I was honestly a bit disappointed to not be able to get into the bunkers anymore. But once the United States entered the Korean War several years later, the base was once again called into action. She changed ownership and name many times over the years, before finally being sold to the town of Danbury in 1987. The only other people we encountered on our journey were two elderly women and their three yappy dogs. Happy Fall, everyone. And one of the best kept ones is this abandoned military base. Inside the jailhouse are some old fire logs and a few stacks of bygone newspapers. It can be quite frightening, and yet also very enlightening. New England has always been our base of operation. But I never needed a calendar to tell me that. Especially at night. Abandoned New England Welcome to the complete list of all the of abandoned locations that have been visited so far. It helps lighten the mood, and it make the journey feel more worth it. To create a barrier for his island, Francis Bannerman sunk several large barges around it topped with small stone towers. If you’re like us, that is. Ogle was famous for having defeated the pirate Batholomew Roberts, who during a brief career, captured around 456 ships. The bars are still on the windows. It was one of the few sounds we heard while visiting this place that were not caused by us. The prison caught attention for it’s massive size and unique architectural design, which featured seven cell blocks intersecting at a central hub. If your tall, like myself, this place can be a little tricky to navigate. You just had to look a little harder for it. The windows of the guard towers have been smashed. It’s finally here. It’s just you never know what you are going to find in the deepest/darkest places of the world. BUT…I still think this place is pretty cool. From crumbling castles to faded forts and abandoned mansions, we've rounded up the best fixer-uppers for sale right now. Against the gorgeous backdrop of the Hudson River Valley around it, the faded red palace looks like something out of a fairy tale. What’s left makes for a very cool and unique adventure, if you can brave the long walk down the sandy beach. The hill was named “Above All” due to it’s height, and use as an observation tower during the early days of the American Civil War. It’s all about sharing these amazing places with those that appreciate them. New England has always been our base of operation. It’s such a beast of a name, most people just call it the Cohasset Annex after one of the town’s that it’s located in. And the prison itself casts a giant shadow over her host city. I know that these people do this for similar reasons that we do. This place can be a little spooky. Against the gorgeous backdrop of the Hudson River Valley around it, the faded red palace looks like something out of a fairy tale. Farther down by the running waters of the river is the old well house. You will have to cross between two state parks and through a very wealthy neighborhood to get there. But some things never really change. It was a long hike in, and the tunnels blend in quite well with their surroundings. For example, many of the cells contain a few props and set pieces to give off the creepy vibe to visitors. Watch your step, too. You just have to learn from it. Sometimes slowly. (Click Image for Larger View.) Not too cold. We have been doing this urban exploration thing for over five years now. It just has a certain magic to it. The grey skies provided an elegant backdrop for this ghostly monolith. Not with mice. But it is completely devoid of anything except for dead space. And this time, things were definitely a little bit different. Its just sitting right there, waiting for you. Once a wildlife shelter and sanctuary, this historic landmark now sits empty in the middle of the woods just off a very busy road. And as our urban exploring season winds down, we here at Abandoned Wonders are very much looking forward to taking some time off. In 1790, a tower was built on the site and called Fort Dumpling. It’s rare to see them during this time of year. We’ve seen the abandoned hospitals of Connecticut, the derelict fortresses of Rhode Island, the lost ski resorts of Vermont, and the forgotten landmarks of Massachusetts. There is so much light up here in the world, sometimes it’s good to get a look at the flip side. Everything has just been totally gutted. And that’s our list! Though the foundation is strong, the interior of the station has been completely gutted. We make our fancy resolutions. And I’m okay with this. Fort Ord A photo taken during a “Secrets of Fort Ord” Tour, with soldiers training, 2007. The prison is open to both guided and self-guided tours, with little headsets. Now you can follow the ghostly ruins of the old railway to the top, where you are rewarded with an absolutely breathtaking view of the Hudson River Valley. It’s a new time. Lassie had stayed back for this one, but I was on the hunt. Taking a small boat through the roaring Hudson River, the castle looms like a mythical giant in the distance. Far a long forgotten age, they all have a very dated and ghostly image. So in the waning days of Summer 2019, we made the trek out to Litchfield. The backroom also has two ventilation shafts leading to the outside. My personal favorite piece just said, “Radar is Fun.” I’m not sure why. Like so many of her fellow abandoned military bases, the Cohasset Annex is completely legal to visit and sits in the middle of a large state park. Jul 30, 2017 - Explore Pedro Munarriz's board "Maunsell Forts" on Pinterest. Unfortunately, seeing this place is much more tourism that it is exploration. It was deathly silent here. Sometimes sharply. It is quite similar to her cousin Fort Wetherill, which we’ll get to. Even if you don’t take the island tour, seeing it from the banks of the river or the top of nearby Mount Beacon is bloody breathtaking. Abandoned Villages and Ghost Towns of New England Paperback – Illustrated, August 7, 2008 by Thomas D'Agostino (Author) 4.3 out of 5 stars 15 ratings You have to stride through the thick underbrush to get to it. As things are above ground, so they shall be beneath it. I have no idea. #9 – Cohasset Naval Annex (Hingham, Massachusetts). There’s a bloody gift shop. I honestly refused to leave the area without finding “Tree Tunnel.” Another interesting feature of the abandoned base is the car wreck. You never know what you’re going to find. But if you can find it, this old coastal fortress really is something special. The fort was a training post during the Civil War and trained some of the troops that would later comprise the famed 20 th Maine infantry regiment. It was about an hour drive for us, but we had a great time. Obviously, I am a big fan of the movie As Above, So Below. When you’re exploring a place that you really aren’t supposed to be at, leaving footprints in the snow is never a good idea. Others find only fear. When the time to say goodbye finally comes, it’s important not to look back. There may not be too much to see, but its nice to just be outdoors and do some exploring. Welcome to Part Two of our investigation on the abandoned Clausland Mountain Tunnels. Not with vagrants. Like so many of her fellow abandoned military bases, the Cohasset Annex is completely legal to visit and sits in the middle of a large state park. And yet, there are certain sections that remain mysteriously untouched by the local painters. No Mans Fort is for sale via Strutt & Parker for £4,250,000. Obviously, the main thing we were after on our visit here was getting inside the abandoned tunnel system. Pardon my french, but fuck cancer. There is so much to see here. This is another place that we just accidentally stumbled upon. But this one was a bit different. This abandoned train tunnel is hidden in the forest bordering the Wachusett Dam. At the summit was a casino and visitor center. Here are 10 of the creepiest spots, from Connecticut to Vermont. Broken glass and splinters of wood are all over the ground. Seriously. This place is consistently one of our most popular articles on this site. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Not too hot. Maunsell Forts, Thames Estuary. But then, all returns to silence. Since then, the area served many different purposes. Gillette Castle was once of the home of prolific stage actor William Gillette. Some have rotted into oblivion. But Fort Mansfield is far more desolate and much more isolated. And for good reason. I don’t usually curse on this site, but I think it’s necessary this time. With the chaos of the holiday’s and the unforgiving New England weather upon us, the second half of this piece will be coming in January 2020. Another peculiar instance on our walk back were the vultures. As stated above, the Cohasset Naval Annex is not quite what it used to be. But we had never done any exploring there. The four naval forts were Rough Sands, Sunk Head, Tongue Sands, and Knock John. But in recent years, the local community has come together to bring it back to life. But until then, Happy Hunting. Centuries later, New Hampshire is littered with churches large and small that are simply stunning. It’s not maintained. Former abandoned places are provided with just enough support to keep from falling into complete disrepair. Is it the mystery? Is it the unknown? It honestly takes a lot to surprise us these days. Now, the old base still finds a way to serve her community. Fort Adams is the largest coastal fortification in New England and the country. Today’s subject is a little bit different from the others, though. Is it the mystery? The history of some of these parks is grim and I believe some may be haunted due to the accidents and even deaths that occured. Many of the features that made this place unique have been lost to the pages of history. So hopefully, we can all someday begin to put this ugly year behind us. But we found them. I follow just about every legitimate urban explorer in the area. Derelict fences and telephone polls still decorate the sides of the path. Bannerman Castle. And that’s our list! This place had it all. We’ve covered a few things here, mostly in the Hudson River Valley, and they never disappoint. And thus, we decided to stop and see the fabled castle. One of the star attractions of the old base is what we’ve come to call “Tree Tunnel.” It’s one of the few things that really attracted me to this place. We literally spent an entire day exploring this place, taking hundreds of photos. Right across the road are the foundations and old fireplace of what was once the camp’s great hall. Unpaved roads, untamed wilderness, and a total lack of other people can hinder your journey. Though they are more off the beaten path, all of the buildings have clearly been built to last. Yet none of them seem to pay attention to this place. Today she sits completely abandoned, and has become a favorite place amongst the local urban explorer community. So, overall, the abandoned Above All Radar Station is certainly a unique place to visit. It is only after we have seen total darkness that we can truly appreciate the light. Foundations of fallen installations crumble into the fertile earth. The elements have not been kind to them, yet none show much wear and tear. Fort Wetherill really is a magical place. They all run in a straight line. The building, however, is truly built to last. Unfortunately, few of these are still standing. The baseball field is now wild and overgrown. I just happened upon it by chance. We talk about Seaside Sanatorium a lot on here. Foundations of fallen installations crumble into the fertile earth. I know that these people do this for similar reasons that we do. I’m going to start this piece off with a bang. It’s more or less a museum. A short walk down one of the quieter trails leads you straight into the heart of the old base. Therapy helps, to a certain extent. Personally, I think it’s great. Yet as awesome as Bannerman Castle is, I couldn’t help but imagine what it must’ve been like during its heyday. War. The doors are gone. So large tree branches have been braced along the sides with screws drilled into the wood two by two. If this doesn’t interest you, I can completely respect any readers wishing to discontinue here. Here are several New England forts to explore. Lassie had stayed back for this one, but I was on the hunt. But with crickets. So hopefully, we can all someday begin to put this ugly year behind us. While driving home from the office, I would see a large skeletal frame looming out of the woods. Nearby the semicircular shorefront fort are Fort Popham Beach State Park and Fort Baldwin, built in the early 1900s to replace Fort Popham. The mornings are growing darker. As things are above ground, so they shall be beneath it. There isn’t too much left to see here, but the old train tunnel is a very cool place to walk through. They weren’t taggers, these two were legit artists. Is it really called Bates Motel? Some find comfort in the darkness. And what is left of the base is one of the best looking old buildings I’ve seen in all the years I’ve been doing this. But nothing ever does. Large mounds of dirt where the old bunkers used to be rise up from the Earth. BUT…I still think this place is pretty cool. There is still plenty to see here, and a few bunkers are still accessible to the public. I love to hike and search for my abandoned places. From a heritage palace in Portugal to an 18th-century castle in Ireland, these huge abandoned castles for sale are ripe for restoration. But the old sign still sits out front, and the old screen looms high and daunting in the sky. Follow the old path under the highway, and you’ll find the tower. Plus you get to go on a boat ride through the Hudson River. The building, however, is truly built to last. It is unclear whether or not this old machine had a part to play here at some point, or if some local had just dumped it here many years ago. And yet, through it all, she still remains steadfastly beautiful. For some reason, it was just a place that seemed to have evaded us over the years. We’d love to hear about it. The front room is open and cavernous. Route 174, Prospect. We were staying up in the Berkshires as I had a big audition up there. It’s a place that you put people to forget about them. Though her tough stone facade remains unflinching, her interiors have been truly disemboweled. New York is a place that we have visited a few times lately on movie business, mostly in the city. There is kind of a trail to the radar station. The doors are gone. Plus its super dark inside, so bring a flashlight. We’ve covered the tunnels of abandoned mental hospitals, to the underground bunkers of old military bases. The abandoned tunnels were some of the coolest places we’ve ever explored. See more ideas about Abandoned, Fort, Maunsell forts. That classic abandoned place smell (you know what I’m talking about). We explored the eerie, abandoned structures. Guides ferry visitors to and fro across the island like sheep. I can honestly say that the years have not been kind to Hearthstone Castle. The structure itself is still quite solid. Much like Hearthstone Castle, it feels like something from a dream. It was bloody shocking. In 1607, the area was home to the Popham Colony, the first English settlement in New England, which only lasted a year (and of course included a fort). Yet she remains quiet as a tomb. I don’t like it when they’re literally just sitting right off the side of the road. Even if you have to make a bit of a drive, this place is totally worth it. The goal is to capture as many abandoned locations/artifacts around the New England … Abandoned New England – Locations Read More » So when we were finished with our investigation, we continued down the paths. There are no twists or turns, since they were used to travel up and down the shooting range. Others find only fear. The old camp used to have several amenities for its guests. My head was crouched down. This artwork ranges from the offensive, the comical, and the outright beautiful. But there is just so damn much to see and do here. A few beams from the higher levels still bisect the structure. In these divisive times, it’s the one thing that we can all truly agree on. But you see, forgetting can be a hard thing to do. Take note, I don’t think this was its original purpose. Revolutionary forts range from the extensive remains of Mount Independence in Vermont to mere traces of earthworks in Rhode Island. It was a little horrifying, to say the least. In case you didn’t notice, we love hiking. It sounds silly, but you will understand if you ever visit this place. We all kind of collectively share locations amongst ourselves indirectly. This may be this most difficult hike on the list, but it is also the most rewarding. The prison is open to both guided and self-guided tours, with little headsets. New England is a small area compared to the rest of the Unites States, but it is rich with history and culture. Seriously. It was a bit longer, but I had no intention of breaking up the feeding frenzy. As far as we know, Scott Tower is completely legal to visit. It was about an hour drive for us, but we had a great time. However, some places in New Hampshire have such an odd, spooky history that they’re widely acknowledged as ghost towns – whole areas where the veil between realms is thin, and it’s said that there is an other worldly presence. But nothing ever does. And what is left of the base is one of the best looking old buildings I’ve seen in all the years I’ve been doing this. It was bloody shocking. There is a strong odor of fresh spray paint in the air, which is certainly concerning. Maunsell Forts, Thames Estuary. 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