rural

“…and your stone walls turn my blood a little cold.”












“San Quentin” – Johnny Cash (live 1969)

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Eerily serene, especially during a fast approaching nightfall– Squire’s Castle sits nestled in the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks, in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. Built in the 1890’s by Feargus B. Squire, an executive with Cleveland based Standard Oil Company, the structure was originally intended to be a “gatekeepers” house for a country home estate for Squire and his family. The home was never built, and the Squires utilized the “castle” as a weekend retreat. The building included several bedrooms and living areas, a kitchen, dining room, breakfast porch and a library. It’s interiors boasted finely plastered walls, leaded glass windows, and beautifully detailed woodwork.

Squire sold the dwelling in 1922 and in 1925 the land and structure was sold to the Cleveland Metroparks. Over the years the interiors have been gutted and all that remain are the castle ruins. Legend has it that Squire’s Castle and it’s land are haunted by the ghost of the wife of Feargus Squire, Rebecca, who died at a very young age, in 1929.

Photos taken December 26, 2014


“I dreamt we were standing… by the banks of the Thames… where the cold grey waters ripple… in the misty morning light…”

“Misty Morning, Albert Bridge” – The Pogues (1989)

“The Crooked River”– The Cuyahoga, as it flows slowly southward through the Village of Mantua, in Portage County, Ohio.

Stretching 85 miles in total length, The Cuyahoga River begins in Burton, Ohio, flowing south and west through Akron, in Summit County changing direction, where it heads north and eventually empties into Lake Erie, in downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken January 18, 2014


“…every time I see you falling, I get down on my knees and pray…”

“Bizarre Love Triangle” – New Order (1987)

Brandywine Creek falling over the layered sandstone and shale that formed millions of years ago, creating the spectacular 65-foot Brandywine Waterfalls– part of the Northern Ohio treasure: The Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The falls are located in Sagamore Hills Township, approximately 20 miles Southeast of downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken November 3, 2013


“Well, darkness has a hunger that’s insatiable… and lightness has a call that’s hard to hear…”

“Closer to Fine” – Indigo Girls (1989)

A drive after church on Sunday brought me to quiet moments at the Columbia Reservation… on Royalton Road, in Columbia Station, OH.

Photo taken October 6, 2013


“You… ain’t nuthin’ but a hound dog… been snoopin’ ’round my door…”

“Hound Dog” – Big Mama Thornton (live, 1965)

The backdoor at Green Vista Farm
8200 Lattasburg Road
Wooster, Ohio

Photo taken April 14, 2012


“…Here you go, way too fast… don’t slow down, you’re gonna crash…”

“Crash” – The Primitives (1988)

Inside the fenced off area once known as “Chippewah Lake Amusement Park” (1878 – 1978). I posted other photos from this exciting trip that Blondie and I made to this historic place last summer, here: Ghosts in the Machine, and here: “The amusement park rises bold and stark…”

This area, in Medina County Ohio, sits as a graveyard of demolished buildings and broken down rides from days gone by– all of it overgrown by nature. We snuck in on this visit, through a hole in the steel fencing that the owner put up to keep people out. Eventually we were found out– threatened with calls to the police, by the caretaker of the property, a woman with a vicious looking dog. All we were doing was taking pictures! A day I won’t ever forget.

Photo taken on May 11, 2012.


“…I’ll end up alone like I began…”

“CORDUROY” – PEARL JAM (1994)

Along Abbeyville Road, outside of Valley City, Ohio – Medina County.

Photo taken May 19, 2013


“When the train come in the station… I looked her in the eye…”


“Love in Vain” – The Rolling Stones (1969)

Indigo Lake Station
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Peninsula, Ohio
Photos taken May 11, 2012


“The amusement park rises bold and stark…”

“Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Chippewa Lake Amusement Park, rests in peace these days… Here some abandoned rides in the thick over-growth… Click the ferris wheel picture below to link to an earlier post I did on the same topic. We broke in and toured the long time “left for dead” park and found so many fascinating remnants of fun filled days gone by.

These pictures were taken May 11, 2012


“Over the river, and through the woods…”


Covered bridge in Olmsted Falls, Ohio
Photo taken November 29, 2012


“And nobody has to think too much… About desolation row”

“Desolation Row” by Bob Dylan

Somewhere in Medina County, Ohio
Photo taken February 4, 2012


“I am the bread of your kindness…”

Prayer of the Woods sign at entrance to the River Rapids Trail
Hillsborough River State Park
Thonotosassa, Florida

Photo taken June 14, 2003


“Turkey-turkey dee, turkey-turkey dap, I eat the turkey and I take a nap!”

“The Thanksgiving Song” –Adam Sandler

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bindel Farms
Spencer, Ohio

Photo taken March 30, 2012


“Give Me the Simple Life”

“Give Me the Simple Life” – Beverly Kenney (1956)

Medina County, Ohio
Photo taken March 30, 2012


“And ghostly voices rose from the fields”

“My Father’s House” – Bruce Springsteen (1982)

The Stanford House barn, located at 6093 Stanford Road in Peninsula, Ohio. The small rural area where this structure sits is notoriously known as “Hell Town” because of the dark legacy, legend and lore that pervades the landscape, to this day. The Stanford House was built near the banks of the Ohio & Erie Canal, in 1830 by George Stanford, one of the original settlers of the new frontier– Connecticut “Western Reserve,” a territory apportioned primarily in Northeastern Ohio. The house and adjoining property was eventually purchased by the National Park Service, and served as a low cost youth hostel until 2008. The road that the Stanford House and Barn make their home, is indeed, ghostly!— very rural, and if you let your imagination run away with itself… it will. The barn, which has recently been renovated from it’s original dilapidated condition, is now a beautiful stop along Stanford Road (during the day!)
Photo taken October 24, 2012


“But now the days grow short… I’m in the autumn of the year”

“It Was A Very Good Year” – Frank Sinatra (1965)

Brecksville Station
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Rail Line
Rt. 82 – Chippewa Road-West Aurora Road Bridge
Brecksville, Ohio

Photo taken October 24, 2012


“All along the waterfall… with you…”

“Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison (1967)

Chagrin Falls
Cleveland (OH) Metroparks
South Chagrin Reservation

Photo taken September 5, 2012


Colonial back roads…

Off the beaten path
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Photo taken February 1, 2006


The “Great I AM”

“Great I Am” – New Life Worship

Starkey Wilderness Preserve
Serenova Tract
New Port Richey, FL

Photo Taken May 18, 2011


“…true colors shining through”

“True Colors” – Phil Collins (2004)

State Road headed north
Hinckley, Ohio

Photo taken October 6, 2012


Brunswick

Mapleside Farms
Brunswick, Ohio

Photo taken September 16, 2012


“Jumping Someone Else’s Train”

“Jumping Someone Else’s Train” – The Cure (1979)

Along the Cuyahoga Valley Rail Line
Near Brecksville, Ohio

Photo taken March 16, 2012


Primary New Hampshire

Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa
Whitefield, New Hampshire

Photo taken September 4, 2004


eggs-zackly eggs-cellent chickens!

Bindel Farms has provided the best tasting and visually appealing eggs I have ever had using free range, heritage pasture fed chickens that are anti-biotic free… the chickens at Bindel are complemented with other free range animals–pigs, cows, turkeys and bulls. A friendly place to visit for natural brown eggs, and various types of meats, poultry and cheeses. Located at 6736 River Corners Road in Spencer, Ohio.

Photo taken on March 30, 2012.


“Rock of Ages…”

“Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me” – Johnny Cash

Stone cut-out ledges and trickling brooks immersed in lush green forest vegetation.. preserved within an abandoned 19th Century sandstone quarry.
Fortier Park
Olmsted Falls, Ohio

Photo taken August 12, 2012


“From the Blue Ridge Mountains…”

“This Land is Your Land – Woody Guthrie (1944)

A view from the Chimney Rock Mountain Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Buena Vista, Virginia.

Photo taken March 16, 2006


Solitary

Everett Covered Bridge
2370 Everett Rd.
Boston Twp.,
Peninsula, OH 44264

Photo taken March 10, 2012


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Ghosts in the Machine

Nature has intimately bonded with the remnants of the long abandoned ferris wheel on the grounds of the ghost town that was Chippewah Lake Amusement Park (1878 – 1978), in Medina County, Ohio.

Photo taken on May 11, 2012.