Vacant New Jersey

Untermeyer Mansion

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Abandoned New Jersey Residential 57 Photos

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Yeah, I have to admit we were lost at first, but after driving around in circles for a bit, and consulting Google Maps for help, we finnaly found what appeared to be the trail which led up to the ruins. But this was no five star trail, after crawling through a thorn bush, or five and pulling the few hundred prickers from out of my now throbbing arm, the thought about turning back and finding a new route was very real, but turning around now would mean trekking back through the evil thorns, so I continued on. Being as it was summer, foliage covered just about everything, but even through all the thick brush I was amazed to see that a few hundred feet in front of me appeared what to be the long forgotten mansion. I walked the remaining few hundred feet up the hill and up the mansions main staircase. The structure was truly in ruins, with only the walls, fire places, and chimneys left standing.

I first walked around the exterior of the mansion, admiring all the stonework that had gone into the house. Everything was constructed from rock, right down to the foundation, which was actually nothing more than just a huge boulder, supporting the walls of the house. I then made my way inside. A patio still complete with the original black and white tile lay intact, with a huge window that over looked the second floor of the mansion. The mansion was split into many small rooms, each accompanied with their own fire place. The main living room had a fountain installed, in which the water trickled down a man made stream into a pool below, now completely dried up from the years of decay. It looked as if at one point in the not so far past, someone had even tried to restore the structure. Building materials lay scattered about, quite a few of the trees were pruned and even an abandoned ford pick-up sat dormant in the driveway. Why did the restoration stop?, well I have no idea.

Continuing my exploration of the estate, my next stop led me to the boat house which was also in ruins. Its construction was similar to the mansion, in that it was made of the same stone arranged in the same theme. Surprisingly the boathouse still had a roof composed of slate, probably similar to the way the mansion roof looked like before the fire destroyed it. Inside consisted of the boat slot and a separate room which contained a fireplace. The lake which fed the boat house was now nothing more than a puddle of mud. A quick look around and I was able to get a real feel of what the estate must have looked like back in the 1920's. My voyage to the lost mansion was now complete, and I head out back home.