She's Still Standing  

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Uploaded: 08/15/18 9:45 PM GMT
She's Still Standing
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Once Upon a Time........ In the year 1838 a beautiful house was constructed for Quaker, Joseph Hooton, in what is currently known as Mount Laurel Township in Burlington County in the state of New Jersey. This historic home is situated on the site known as The Farmhouse which consists of 23 acres. This house is a charming example of Federal period architecture, and at the time, people said it was the finest house in the neighborhood. In the current year, 2018, a bittersweet story surrounds its future existence. The house has been vacant for some time and has fallen into a state of disrepair. Residents in the community wanted the house restored and circulated a petition to save this historic structure. The township did an assessment and it was determined that restoration would cost $1.7 million dollars. Since the house is quite deteriorated and contains asbestos that would require additional remediation costs. Our story does not have a happy ending as the township has signed a contract with a demolition contractor. It saddened me to read that the house is slated to be razed by the end of the summer. Currently the house is still standing. I visit the site on a regular basis in my travels as there is much to be photographed there...... But all is not lost. Perhaps, in the future this site will be converted into a wonderful park/recreational area where friends and family may gather to enjoy a new revised space. To be continued............. This will be my entry into the current contest.


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08/15/18 11:36 PM GMT
Great old house and narrative, Laura...a super contest of luck!
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08/16/18 9:30 AM GMT
Laura, I've read your narrative with interest. It's a pity that money plays such a predominant role when it comes to preserving culturally and / or historical heritage. If it's indeed demolished only the reminder - supported by your excellent capture - of this unique object remains.
Good entry for the current contest.
Wish you Good Luck with it!
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08/16/18 10:25 AM GMT
How sad to see it go, but I do hope they will use land for something pleasing to the public. This is an excellent contest entry. tigs=^..^=
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08/16/18 11:30 AM GMT
Nice photo of the once lovely house and the sad fact that it is to be demolished. A good entry for the contest Laura.
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Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors.
08/16/18 3:54 PM GMT
I'm sorry to see any thing historic demolished Laura - a lovely house at one time and I'm guessing worth restoring.
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Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. Albert Camus
08/17/18 6:50 PM GMT
It is good you saved this house for posterity with your photo Laura. I can see why they can't afford to save it with the asbestos factor.
Great entry for the contest.


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People are like cameras--sometimes they lose focus.
08/19/18 4:03 PM GMT
Fantastic shot of this magnificent structure, would love to see someone bring her back to the she original looks. & it's too bad that they want to destroy it.
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