Old country home slowly fading into history


In my neck of the woods, the above is what we call a “fixer-upper.”

Safe to say it will require just a bit of reconstruction, perhaps beginning with new walls, new roof, new windows, and a rebuilt chimney. However, the granite block foundation remains as solid as when the home was build more than a century ago.

This could have once been the home of a sharecropper or tenant farmer, or it may have been owned by the individual who farmed the land around it. Whatever the case, the structure looks to have been vacant for at least a quarter century.

Located in rural Saluda County, SC, it will almost certainly continue to deteriorate. It would be far less expensive to simply replace this structure with a new, modern home rather than attempt to make the wholesale repairs needed to get within earshot of bringing it up to code.

These decaying edifices can be spotted throughout the rural South. Some are used for storage, others, in somewhat better condition, are still habitations, even though they lack many of the amenities common in cities and suburbs.

Many are on the slow path to oblivion. As they deteriorate, wood, tin and stone are often scavenged for use elsewhere. Eventually, little or nothing remains and vegetation eventually covers over any reminder of the homestead.

These old houses are sometimes romanticized by individuals passing by on drives through the country, but to those who grew up in such shacks, particularly if conditions were like those experienced by many poor sharecropper families, the memories are often less than rosy.


11 thoughts on “Old country home slowly fading into history

  1. Here they are ‘para reformar’ – to reform.

    Which usually involves a total refurb. Or a knockdown and rebuild, as you suggest.

    I hate to see old buildings go though. I’m always for the reformsr route.

      • We see a beautiful finca when we drive between Gib and Spain. Gateway, drive, and just gorgeous. But who wants to live on the side of the motorway? We did look at some well rotto places. I’m glad we bought what we did. Nice cosy house 🙂

  2. When walking with my father in Scotland we would occasionally come across patches where cottage garden plants survived, though the cottages they had once embellished had long gone, down to the last stone.
    I suppose these do promote romantic thoughts, as do the thatched cottages of rural England. Let the romantics live in the buggers, say I, on equivalent incomes to that of the original inhabitants…

  3. This is what I call hard living especially during winter time. The woods are now famous here in Canada for re-purposing. It’s a booming business.

  4. I tend to fall in love with houses like these. So simple and practical, and as you say, built to last. No artificial materials, nails–if it has nails–home made, maybe. Houses like these hold many stories.

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