Susan Orlean, of the New Yorker, once said that living in a rural region exposes the body and mind to marvelous things: the natural world, the “particular texture” of small-town life and the “exhilarating experience” of open space. It’s not difficult to argue that. Hazel Green Academy was located in a remote small town in the hills of eastern Kentucky. The private school,…
While the demise of rural life in many areas is overstated, there are many areas that are in long-term decline, brought about by sustained job losses and single-focus economies. In Cannel City, Kentucky’s case, it was coal and timber.
The Ohio State Reformatory, also referred to as the Mansfield Reformatory, is a historic prison located in Mansfield, Ohio. Constructed between 1886 and 1896, it remained in operation until a 1990 federal court order required it to be closed. The facility is best known for its role in the Shawshank Redemption.
The 20th anniversary of Shawshank Redemption’s debut is planned for this weekend, from August 29 until the 31, with events and tours taking place in Mansfield, Ashland and Upper Sandusky, Ohio!
A photographic essay of the former Frenchburg Presbyterian College in Frenchburg, Kentucky.
The Old Louis Hunter Distillery in Harrison County, Kentucky closed in 1974. After 40 years of abandonment, it’s still wonderfully intact.
A minor fire in at the Waldo Hotel in Clarksburg, West Virginia yesterday evening did no damage to the historic building.
Exploring a disused military ammunition depot brings back thoughts of the Walking Dead. Perhaps it is because I have been binge watching the post-apocalyptic horror series on television, or rather that I have a fascination with post-human interactions. And because of that, I went through my archives and found some great images that I have never shared that evokes that resemblance.
The Ro-Na Theater in downtown Ironton was once billed as southern Ohio’s “finest theater.” After years of neglect, it’s being restored.
Partial demolition is well underway at Ironton, Ohio’s Memorial Hall.