About the County Bandits

Who are the County Bandits? Well, we started out as two individuals residing in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. In our posts, we referred to ourselves as the Bandit and the Accomplice. In the beginning, Bandit was a 20-something female and the Accomplice was a 30-something male.

We first began exploring abandoned houses in 2007 and started this blog that year as well. Back then, we both existed in a magical state where we didn’t have any schooling or work to keep us from staying up all night, every night. We would venture out night after night with a bag of peanut M&M’s between us and a hand-drawn map of a section of the county we intended to explore.

Systematically, we would drive up and down each road we had mapped, looking out our windows carefully for the signature dark silhouette of an abandoned house. Upon finding one, we would mark it on the map and explore it if we were able. We have always adhered to our own rules of engagement, where we only enter houses that are already open to nature, and always leave things as found.

Fast forward to the present time, and life and the County Bandits are quite different. The Bandit and Accomplice team is now just the Bandit. She’s now a 30-something female (where did the 20-somethings go!?) who now resides in Norfolk County and life is not so simple. Family and work commitments take up a large amount of time, leaving only a little bit left for fun rurex adventures. However, Bandit still jumps at any opportunity she can to go out and hunt for abandoned houses. Any road trip she takes is an opportunity to scour the landscape while driving unfamiliar roads. The Bandit will never stop searching for, exploring, photographing and generally adoring abandoned houses.

To see what the Bandit is up to, please bookmark the blog and like the County Bandits page on Facebook. Thank you for taking the time to read the blog. If you wish to contact the Bandit, her email address is county.bandits@gmail.com




3 Responses to “About the County Bandits”

  1. Kim Minshall Says:

    Hi there,

    I leave in the country just outside Strathroy and know your favourite yellow brick house very well. I approached the owner this past weekend to see if he was interested in selling it. He asked if we were interested in the house or the land. We replied that we were interested in the house and the acre it sits on. He’s just a young guy and he said that we wasn’t interested in selling the land as he planned to build a house on the property. He said the foundation is gone and he was quoted $100,000 to replace just the windows, making it too expensive to salvage. I would really love to see the house restored. Our house has the same trim on our porch, so I’m guessing it’s around the same age as our house (1875). Anyways, I’ve emailed a house mover to see if I can get an idea of what it costs to move a house. At this point, I’m not sure if the owner is interested in selling the house, but I love to dream! If anything comes of it, I’ll let you know!


    P.S. I told the owner to check out your site!

  2. Victoria Gilliland Says:

    What happens with the houses you find? Is there a company you work with to restore them?

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