A ‘hidden gem’ — exploring abandoned storefronts discovered in the deep south
Walk with me as we explore this small collection of abandoned buildings that I discovered while road-tripping in the deep south.
As you can see in the video, this is a very quiet location. Except for the occasional vehicle passing on the nearby road, the only sounds are the birds and the breeze. Peeking into the open window of the old mercantile store, we are greeted with the familiar smell of musty old buildings — dusty and pungent — like old wood, earth, and decay.
You’ll notice all the old buildings have new flags attached. I assume this is the effort of a local person to make visitors feel welcome and to show pride in the the place, even if it is in ruins. I saw one man riding around on a golf cart and keeping busy with something. He seemed uninterested in my presence.
Behind-the-scenes iPhone photographs from the day
Below are a few behind-the-scenes photographs from the location.
Want to visit? Buy the information sheet for this location here ($2.00)
Why am I selling this information, rather than just giving it away?
To be honest, I do a lot of driving on back roads and highways looking for subjects like these, and the expenses add up. Selling information about these undiscovered “hidden gems” to other photographers will help offset those costs. Also, hopefully a paywall will help keep these unknown places from vandals and crowds.
You’ll get a map, coordinates, a link to the Google Maps page, and a brief description of the site with any precautions I may observe — for example, the fact that this old mercantile is home to a bunch of wasp nests and may present a significant risk for stings in summer time.
Be sure to read the disclaimer before you buy.
Thanks for reading.
My Book of Abandoned Places
If you’re fascinated by abandoned places, you may enjoy my book Unloved and Forgotten: Fine Art Photographs of Abandoned Places