Abandoned School

If Stephen King were to set a story in a spooky old school, this would be it. I was in Orford, NH and pulled into the driveway of a newer school building to reprogram my GPS. Losing the signal on backroads is getting to be routine. Signs at the school directed me to exit out the back of the school property where I found this old school building.

It was built in 1851 and was then called the Orford Academy Building. It was in use until 2002. From the back, I could see the bell is still in the tower. An article I found in the local paper said the town is trying to work with a developer to convert it into ten senior housing units.

Looking at the back of the building, it’s amazing how nature just begins to reclaim things that we don’t continue to maintain.

55 thoughts on “Abandoned School

  1. michnavs

    I am an educator and it breaks my heart to see schools being closed down (for what ever reason) i felt like it much needed…that old school is really beautiful…the structure is very interesting..

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      1. michnavs

        I witness the closure of a 65 year old last standing all girls school back home and it made me really sad…i mean it was part of the community history and have produced really successful students, sadly though they have to close.

      2. milfordstreet Post author

        I think schools and churches and such are more than just buildings. They beome embued with a part of us. My brother-in-law retired from teaching last year when they closed the old school he’d taught in his whole career.

      1. bhattraps,beauty of fusions

        Np at all I always try to make a constant effort to read your blogs which is extremly intersesting by means of photography including other friends also,so to get going everyday,thanks for being with trendystories and keep us supporting,have a great day

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      I hesitated to post this because of similar thoughts. I think that remote learning will be more of a “thing” now than it was but I still think that when the coronavirus pandemic ends, students will return to school.

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  2. Garfield Hug

    Ooh a perfect shoot for a spooky movie…nice photo. Thankfully our old schools are recycled to private schools or small offices for small, medium enterprises.

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  3. aratibanstola

    This post of yours made me miss my school days and friends. It’s so sad to see schools being closed for whatever reason.
    And all the pictures are so captivating, Chris. 😊

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      I love old school buildings. They have so many cool features and classic lines. It would be great to see this have another life as something else. Thank you so much for your kind words. Have a great day, Arati. 😊

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  4. Sohair

    Great and beautiful images Chris dear friend.. Keep giving.
    I was clicking on your photo profile.. But clicked on the follow button unintentionally.. Sorry for that.

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  5. Sandra

    Beautiful shots Chris! I love the black and white and the perspective. Color was a great choice for the back so we can see the green leafy ivy claiming the staircase. Gorgeous images! I hope you’re doing well Chris!

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you, Sandra. The choice of BW vs color was partially a function of the light. I had good light on the back but the side and front was only good for BW. Luckily, these shots look good in BW. I hope you’re having a great day. We have Tropical Storm Isiais passing through.

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      1. Sandra

        Oh my goodness, I didn’t realize that was moving through your area! I hope you’re safe and as well as can be. Take good care!

      2. milfordstreet Post author

        Thank you, Sandra. The storm has passed us. It was windy. We stayed safe and never even lost power. I was listeing to the police and fire band for our town and we were fortunate. There were a handful of trees and electrical wires down and one resulted in a house fire. Scary.

  6. Megha Malviya

    There is something about vintage monuments that fascinate me. And the shots are so amazing, especially the first one. The sky, the angle with which you took the photo is superb and it all adds up for a perfect horror movie setup. 👍😇

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Oh, thank you. Yes, I liked the first shot also for the same reason. I’m also fascinated by these old buildings, especially when they are abandoned. Have a great day.

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      I would love to have explored inside but I imagine the door was locked. But you know, I never checked to see if it was locked. Possible opportunity missed. 😳

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