This weekend we went for a visit to "The Old Brown House." The Old Brown House is a historic abandoned house deep in the woods on our property. I believe it was built in the early 1800s. The weather was nice so we thought we'd see how it was doing. I also was looking for a black vulture nest. The vultures have been flying around this area quite a bit.
I think it's kind of large for such an old house. It has 4 large rooms, 2 upstairs and 2 downstairs. No bathroom, no kitchen, just rooms. There are 2 fireplaces so all the rooms had heat back when people used to live in it. I really like this old house.
Here's The Old Brown House from the side view. It's skinny, isn't it?
The poor old house is falling apart. When I look at it I imagine the hands that built it. Someone put all those boards in place with care. I imagine the woods were all fields back then, and this was a working farm house.
In the corner of one of the rooms is a pile of old doors and windows.
Wait - look there! What's that behind the door?
It's a black vulture nest!
Black vultures are weird birds. They don't make any kind of nest, they just lay their eggs on the ground. The vultures were flying around overheard as we walked around inside the old house. They were not happy with our visit.
I'll keep an eye on the vulture babies as they hatch and grow up. I love vultures - they are good birds.
We walked outside The Old Brown House looking for the outhouse.
I know there was once an outhouse, but have not been able to find it. We figure it must have been destroyed. It would be neat to find remnants of it.
While we were walking around we found a turkey feather...
...And a big bunny rabbit.
The rabbit wasn't afraid of us at all. She just sat there. We didn't disturb her, but walked around her carefully. Maybe she had babies under her, who knows.
We also saw an old teapot. I don't think this was that old - it certainly doesn't look like it's 200 years old. There's a lot of trash in the woods where people dumped back in the 1980's. We're always cleaning up trash.
As we left The Old Brown House we went by The Little Bridge in the Deep Woods.
It's so cool - it's a little bridge in the middle of the woods.
Again it makes me think of the people who built it. The bridge is old and falling apart now. It sits on a dirt road and covers a tiny creek. Maybe the creek was a larger stream at one time.
Well, that's it for this trip into the woods. I'll keep an eye on the vulture eggs. I can't wait to see the babies!