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Friday, October 31, 2014

Ghost Town for Sale

Happy All Hallows Eve!

After (almost) two very long months we are officially moving into Storybook Cottage today. Yipeeee!

I recently came across an article that mentioned an entire ghost town could be purchased for perhaps as little as $800,000.

After viewing picture after glorious picture, taken by Karen of This Old House 2 Blog, I was entranced. Much like Grandmother’s house you go over the river and through the woods to get to Johnsonville, Connecticut.

I envisioned hosting weddings in this sweet 1876 chapel.

Getting a grand chef to run the Red House Restaurant.

Surely a peppy proprietor would want to run the General Store.

The old post office could be transformed into a pretty paper and crafting shop.

All of our kids could be taught at the one room schoolhouse.

In the evenings we could gather together at the Meeting House to quilt, read and savor the sweet things in life.

So go visit Karen’s blog HERE and HERE to view all of the amazing images of this sweet little village. If 20 people each chose a property and went in together truly amazing things could be created. I see harvest weekends, Victorian Christmases and all sorts of spring splendor. Just please save the original homestead for me. I would love to live on the top floor of the original homestead and have a few rooms on the first floor as home décor store. 

Our own neighborhood is quite festive. Most of the décor falls into more of the harvest decorating category, which I will share soon, but in terms of Halloween specific décor this neighbor takes the top prize.

Moving in 057

It is even a more spooktacular scene when lit up at night.

Moving in 062

Have a ghoulishly good day!



Auntie Em said...

Happy Hallowe'en and more importantly, 'Blessings on you and yours as you move into your new home!' It's been a long and not always easy journey to find your sweet little nest but I wish you many, many blessed and happy years in it.
How cute is your neighbour's display for the day. I wonder what your neighbourhood will look like for Christmas! The jive dancing couple and their 'hip' band are pretty happy looking for being so thin.
Have a great weekend and watch out for all the little trick or treaters tonight! :)

Julie Corbisiero said...

Happy Halloween! I can't believe that ghost town for sale. I think it look pretty and quaint. I wonder what happened to it? Have a wonderful weekend and good luck with the move!

Jane said...

Home at last - so exciting for you! The ghost town looks pretty well-preserved in the pictures. Love your neighbor's display - very cute!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love that little ghost town, how fun it would be. The spooky house decor is totally amazing. Wow, some people go all out.

Mari said...

How cool would it be to own a ghost town.....hummmm on second thought maybe
Have a very Happy Halloween...


Christine said...

~~~~*** Welcome Home ***~~~~
Home at last. Thank you for sharing with us.
Not easy to move and adjust, on top of remodeling.
Take some time for yourself!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

WOW, isn't that odd? I love your idea....except that meeting house has to be a Tea Room! Hold that one for me!!! : - )

Happy Haunting- your neighborhood looks awesome!

Linda said...

Best wishes to you as you continue to move in and get settled. That's so neat about that ghost town, I too wonder what happened and will have to check it out. LOVE your neighbor's skeleton decor!! My Dad won Christmas decorating contests for many years, as he went all out like that. He also made those wood cutouts well before his time - back in the 1940s when he and his family were living in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago. Anytime I see displays like that, I think of my Dad and his talent.

Have a happy Halloween.

Kelly_Deal said...

Happy Halloween! That ghost town sounds wonderful. I share your vision on what it could be! Hopefully there will be a taker.

Karena Albert said...

Laura you sound so happy settling into your new home and neighborhood! The Ghost town for sale is an amazing story.
Enjoy the weekend, it is cool and quite crisp here!

The Arts by Karena

designchic said...

Hope you are getting settled and loving your new home. The ghost town has wonderful potential - beautiful old homes…

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Oh, how I'd love to work some designer magic on those beautiful old buildings. So sad to see everyone missing out on their charm!

FairfieldHouse said...

This was an interesting although sad post. It always dismays me to see old buildings abandoned, left to fall. Unfortunately, I know from experience that it would take more than the cost of the property and some designer magic to transform these beautiful gems. Infrastructure issues -- electric, water, sewer, insulation, roofing, foundation -- no doubt those are the unseen things that scare potential buyers away! Your Friend, Deborah

bettylind said...

Hi! Laura, I wish you well with all your plans it sounds so nice and like a lot of fun. My kind of place if I were young.
Thank you for inviting me to see your site
Your new friend Betty