Vacant New Jersey

Contrail Barn

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Abandoned New Jersey Agricultural 35 Photos

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An old Ford pickup truck lay rusting away in a maze of thorn bushes and dead overgrowth. Farming equipment now killed by time, were scattered about the overgrown field, almost looking as if it were keeping watch of the decaying barn that resided a few feet ahead, in the center of an untamed patch of land. The barn almost appeared to be alive, vines zig-zagged in and out and the nearly collapsed roof allowed rays of sunlight to enter which seemed to be all that was needed for plants to start sprouting from the numerous cracks in the cement foundation.

Not much was left inside, however the shadows cast by the sun shining through the Swiss Cheese like roof, made for some interesting designs. In a far back corner of the barn, a shelf stood, still holding old equipment, now to rusty to serve there intended purposes. The ladder to the second floor was virtually no more and the wooden flooring was far to rotted to risk walking across. The barn proved to be far more interesting from the outside. For some reason the way nature started using the barn to its own advantage interested me.

Further down the field two old automobiles sat stuck in the dead overgrowth. Nature's elements had stripped them to their bare metal shells. The one vehicle looked to be a vintage pickup truck possibly dating to the late 1920's. The other vehicle although in much better shape than the first, probably dated to around the 1950's. The better preserved of the two vehicles was marked with the words Glen Rock Construction which had been painted on the doors.

The back side of the barn was in pretty bad shape, years of neglect had paid its toll. The shingles still remaining on the barn's roof, were no more then melted globs of tar, and the wooden walls leaning to one side, seemed like they would give out, any day under the tremendous weight of the structure. A large pile of debris which contained what looked to be part of a pop-up camper could be seen by the far side of the barn. A rusted conveyor belt, used at one point to transport hay to the second floor of the barn was now consumed by a perimeter of thorn bushes. Who knows how longer this barn will be standing, but it's probably a safe bet to say nature will bring it down before any humans intervene.