This Old Cellar

Last night I went out to check some remains of an early 19th century house on my aunt and uncle’s land in Bonshaw. I had only recently found out about it and have been itching ever since to check it out. My uncle’s ancestors had settled the area but the land had changed hands several times through the years. He started buying it back bit by bit in 1989, including the area that houses this-

The remains of a cellar, complete with intact cut island stone steps leading up from the cellar. It was really cool. There’s a bit of a sloping path now going down to the area, but once inside you definitely can tell it used to be a house. The land is still all squared off and a few of the stones that made the wall remain. Unfortunately whoever owned the land before hand took a lot of the stones away. My uncle was able to get a bunch of them back and have them here and there over the property. Here’s a close up of the steps -

If I remember correctly, this house was burnt down after lying in ruin from some years. The last two family members to live there died of TB/Typhoid/one of those old time diseases where the doctors wouldn’t even come around. Nearby there is also two depressions left from barns as well as a 75-foot deep well. It’s covered with a cage, but it is still a home for lots of bats who manged to get through the tiny holes in the cage to come and go during the summer. The well is also made of island stone. Really interesting the stuff. The house cellar was really cool. I’ll have to get some more pictures again. Nearly dead batteries meant on two decent shots.

2 comments

  1. wow…very cool Andrea…looks all old and enchanted like.
    Will you take me there sometime this summer? I’ve been looking for suitable “old looking” places to take a picture of me and my dad all kilted up. This is the closest thing to “ruins” I’ve seen around these parts.

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