When you drive around Otsego and Schoharie Counties you see lots of evidence of the area’s history.  As one of the first “settled” parts of a young country, remnants of the growth of America march right along with you.

Photographer Richard Walker has beautifully documented some of this history.

Whether you believe in haunted houses or not, this photographic journey through our towns is … haunting.

When strong families built these structures over the last two centuries, they must have surely swelled with pride and accomplishment.

If only their spirits were strong enough to hold a hammer…


See more of Richard Walker’s work, click here

by Josh and Brent

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Haunting and beautiful pictures. It is amazing how quickly a house will return to the earth when neglected. Can’t help but think of the children raised and families sheltered by these homes. So sad.

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm)

Few things break my heart the way fallen homes do. I live in an old home, and I take pride in being the “caretaker” of a house that transcends my mortality in so many ways. Seeing pictures like those above remind me daily of Buddha’s last words:

Life is a river ever moving.
Do not hold onto things.
Work hard.