Inside abandoned house full of photos and mannequins untouched for 40 years
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Inside abandoned house full of photos and mannequins untouched for 40 years

An abandoned farm house is transformed into an education centre and historic site after being left untouched for 40 years.

The 160-year-old Marion Carll Farm building stands in Commack, Suffolk County, New York, and was built before the American Civil War.

The US property is named after long-time resident Marion Carll who moved in to the building in 1885.

The school teacher, Commack District Treasurer and Census Taker and active member of the local Methodist Church donated the farmhouse to the Commack School District after she died – with the instruction that the building be used as an education site.

However, the home has been left to rot and fall in to disrepair since being abandoned 40 years ago after the education programme involving the building was stopped.

Frozen in time since Ms Carll’s death, photos of her life and family, a mannequin and sewing materials can be found left in place in the building.

While bottles of medicine, old clothes and furniture remain untouched.

Meanwhile the signs of time and decomposition can be found where wallpaper, dampened over time, can be found peeling from the walls.

Family portraits, dating back more than 150 years, hang on the walls and lay framed on shelves, while a piano sits with a candle standing on it and music pages open.

Urban explorer, Bryan Sansivero, has shared images from inside the property – with the images showing life from the 19th century.

He told the Mirror of his experience exploring the building, adding: “I was asked by the school district, who own the property, to document the house as it was found once they were awarded the property after a recent legal battle.

“Parts of the house were collapsing, and it was very dusty and mouldy.

“It was also very cold on some of the days. But I loved the mystery of the place, and how the right photograph can make you ask questions.

“I think the most interesting find were the photographs of the family. Seeing all that history slowly being lost to time. It’s thought provoking. The pictures have a lot to say.”

The Carll family attempted to reclaim ownership of the farmhouse in 2012 by accusing the school board of failing in its duty of care to maintain the property.

However, the case failed – and the school board is now planning to transform the property into the education the late Marion Carll had hoped of.

Proposals are in place to transform the nine-acre site into a working organic farm – and as an education centre.


Pat Reaves
Pat Reaves writes for our World News section. Having spent his youth traveling from one country to another, Pat has incurred an education that is truly international in culture, academia, and language. His quick thinking and spontaneity has landed him in the sector where stories happen without any warning. He is an extremely patient and nurturing writer who lets a story take its course without interference and prejudice.

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