Johanna Billings, a reporter for the Washington County bureau of the Bangor Daily News, has written a wonderful article about an exploration that she took part in at Fort Foster in East Machias. To read it, click here.
Today marks three years of Abandonment of Maine. Remembering three years ago today brings back bittersweet memories of uncertainty, a sense of ambition and a willingness to explore. The Maine woods hold secrets ready to be uncovered by those brave enough to delve into the dense forest with the determination to come out unscathed. Three years ago today, I made the decision to do just that.
Hi everyone! It has recently come to my attention that I can't simply conjure up abandoned places. In light of these new circumstances, I'm going to ask those of you reading this post to head over to the Facebook group, which you can find in the link bar to your left. Just send a member request, and tell us what you know! It would be greatly appreciated by myself and the rest of the crew.
The Blunt Youth Radio project is a youth-driven cohort which produces an hour-long call-in talk show airing Monday nights from 7:30 to 8:30 EST on WMPG (90.9 FM, 104.1 FM) out of the Greater Portland area. On Monday November 17, hosts Matt Osman, Milena Germon, and Violet Hues will touch upon the topic of urban exploring. Ryan Prescott of Abandonment of Maine will be a phone guest. If you or a friend live in Portland and are interested in listening to this program, tune in to 90.9 or 104.1 on the FM dial. If you want to listen from afar, head to WMPG's streaming MP3 feed to listen in a music player such as Windows Media Player or iTunes.
There are plenty of people and groups that claim to be explorers of the rural and urban alike, and afterward proving themselves unworthy of the title by destroying property. This is not only disconcerting to us actual explorer-types, but it is also slowly making authorities wary of anybody that steps foot onto a parcel of land that nobody has touched in thirty years. So, here we go; my own list of rules for urban and rural exploration, and for exploration in general.
1. Don't break stuff!
It seems inanely obvious. However; the truth is, a lot of people apparently don't know this. I was talking to a friend of mine roughly two years ago about a house I had explored about a week prior to the conversation. I had chimed in with the fact that the house was heavily vandalized, and a smile began to form on his face. At the mention of the toilet having been pushed through the second floor and into a closet on the first, he finally admitted to having done the damage himself.
2. Leave it as you found it!
Uh... friends of mine... have been known to scoop up a bottle or two off of the ground, in good faith of course. However, my main focus with this rule is littering. Nothing pains me more than to see a beer can (mind you, one from this century) or three or nine strewn about the remnants of a significant historical site. Just pocket your trash and throw it somewhere more suitable. (I'll leave it up to you to define 'suitable.')
3. Unless already so, do not disclose a location publicly.
When I say "location", I am referring to a set of coordinates, or incredibly accurate directions. I will disclose a rough location to those inquiring by e-mail, but if your information could not have been located by somebody else (a.k.a. inside sources, or a maiden discovery), do not disclose! Most of the information I use to find locations is readily available on the Internet. If you are interested in exploring something we've seen before, I encourage you to look for it yourself.
That's about it. Anybody who has an addition, comment it!
In little old Township 26, there isn't much to be seen other than a few camps, small lakes, and some wildlife. That is, if you stick to the main roads. Watch as we venture into the woods and discover the remnants of an era past.
I'm not really sure when I consider Abandonment of Maine to have started, but I usually go with May 4th, 2012. Considering that, happy birthday AoM! It's been two years and research and planning is still going forward to make this season a good one.
Hello everybody! I would just like to congratulate Nathanial Kerruish of East Machias and Lyndsay Sawler of Nova Scotia, Canada (I'll elaborate on this.) for making the Abandonment of Maine team!
You're probably saying to yourself: "This is Abandonment of Maine!"
Well, normally I wouldn't even regard anybody from outside of our area. What interested me about Lyndsay is that she is a professional photographer with lots of experience in urban exploration and, well, taking pictures. These happen to be things I also enjoy. The other part that makes this so convenient is that she is touring New England (this is where the whole Maine thing comes in) this spring, about when we will begin production on the second season of AoM! (also, she's awesome.)
I decided I'd go ahead and interview her for you all to give you a better idea of what she's like and why she applied to be a member. Let's go!
Ryan: What got you started in photography?
Lyndsay: I started taking photos when I was in high school. I realized at my father's wedding after my grandmother took a photo of me in my dress that I wished I could be the one taking photos of people professionally.
R: What was the experience that made you begin to love urbex?
L: I remember once being online and reading about the Beaverbank Villa. I was.. 21, I think. I was just browsing the internet for places to take photos with a model I was working with at the time, and came across this photo. It was like something clicked. I needed to know everything about that building. It grew from there.
R: What made you want to apply to be part of our team?
L: I have a passion for all things urbex, and wanted to join forces with a group that shared the same values.
R: What interests you about the architecture of New England and the history of the area?
L: I've always had a love for abandoned hospitals and schools. New England has lots of both! I love the way there are masterful wings, cupolas and lots of history behind each one of them. Plus, they're the closest State Hospitals to [Nova Scotia].
R: What location in Maine do you hope to see at least once in your lifetime?
L: Ooh, that's a tough one. Both of the state hospitals (Augusta and Bangor) and Kennebec Arsenal are on my list.
R: Out of every place in Maine, which is the one you'd like to visit the most?
L: Purgatory, because of it's interesting name and location. Plus, there's some other interesting towns nearby!
R: Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. Anything you'd like to say to our fans?
L: Yes! Make sure you check out my website at lyndsaysawler.ca, and don't forget to subscribe to the Abandonment of Maine YouTube channel! You'll be seeing me there soon enough!
Hey everybody! I changed the homepage so instead of a spiel about us (which you can find under About anyway) it's this blog. So now I can write about anything basically and you all can comment on it as you please. Isn't that sweet? Anyway, Abandonment of Maine has been renewed (fancy speak for me being motivated) for a second season. Filming will start in the spring and end in the fall. We still need suggestions on where to go so please contact us via Facebook or on our contact form. Thank you!