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The Infamous Snobelen Road Property

Posted in Chatham-Kent, Commentary, Demolished with tags , , , , , on July 21, 2011 by countybandits

Several years ago, we came across this article in the Chatham Daily News – “Demolition Ordered For Longtime Eyesore”. How could we resist going for a drive to check it out? We packed up our camera gear one evening and headed out that way to view the property, and what greeted us was truly a sight to behold. The entire place looked more like a junkyard or landfill than a residence. We parked along the side of the road and stepped out with cameras around our necks. Countless vehicles rotting away, piles of tires, old school buses,  transport trucks, garbage, scrap metal and camping trailers were just a small selection of the junk piled all around us there. We managed to get a small number of photos of the true prize amongst the chaos; a dilapidated but beautiful brick century old home, almost completely obliterated from view by the trash.

Within a minute or two, a family member approached us asking if we were in fact there from the Chatham paper. When we said we were not, she asked that we not take any more photos which we were happy to oblige. She did however chat with us for a moment or two about the house and growing up there. She recalled the night she was sleeping in an upstairs bedroom when the roof collapsed. Two members of the family continued to live in the house until it was demolished, which is hard to imagine as this woman also told us there was no running water nor had there been for years. Although this wasn’t exactly an abandoned house, it certainly looked the part. I am happy that we were able to photograph it then, and share the photos and story here 3 years later.

~Bandit

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Fisher Mansion Photos

Posted in Abandoned House, Chatham-Kent, Demolished with tags , , , , on March 6, 2007 by countybandits

Here are some photos of the Fisher Mansion, once located just outside of Chatham along Highway 2 (now Longwoods road) across from Can Am Tractor. Sadly, it was recently demolished. I never got to go inside, although I did look through the windows. There wasn’t much to see. A year or two ago, I did go through the old cow barns with my friends. They are gone now as well. It was for sale for a long time, but no one ever bought it — I imagine it was just too much of a money pit. In the spring / summer, the lawn is covered in a carpet of small blue flowers. It was a beautiful and majestic home in it’s time.

~Bandit

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