About the County Bandits

Who are the County Bandits? Well, we are two individuals residing in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. In our posts, we refer to ourselves as the Bandit and the Accomplice. Bandit is a 20-something female and the Accomplice is 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 our lives are not so simple. We both work and try to complete home renovations on our own century farmhouse with whatever spare time we can find. However, we still jump at any opportunity we can to go out and hunt for abandoned houses. Any road trip we take is an opportunity for us to scour the landscape as we drive unfamiliar roads. We will never stop searching for, exploring, photographing and generally adoring abandoned houses.

To see what we’re up to, please bookmark our blog, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. If you wish to contact us, our email address is county.bandits@gmail.com


Bandit & The Accomplice



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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