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Abandoned in Rhode Island

Posted by on April 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM

For as long as I can remember I've been interested in abandoned locations throughout the world. Places like Grossinger's Resort, Chernobyl, Pripyat, and the old Six Flags in New Orleans really pique my interest. Maybe it's from all the zombie movies I've watched, or maybe it's my psychology background, but I love to imagine what the world will be like if people just dissapear. Morbid? Nah. Try to imagine you wake up 10 years in the future and everyone has been gone just as long. That gas station down the street from you wouldn't be a gas station anymore, it'd just be a representation of a lost civilization.  If you walked into a Target you'd hear birds chirping in the rafters. A slight breeze would rustle the leaves that have been blowing in through the broken doors over the past few years. Afterwards you'd head down a silent Main Street and wade past the weeds growing through the cracks in the street. The house you grew up in would have a collapsed roof with raining dripping down onto the floor that used to be yours. And the library card you have in your wallet  would never be used again. No more cars, no more electrcicity, and plenty of quiet. All the buildings make a peaceful return to nature, and in a few thousand years you can barely even tell we were ever here. I think that's what gets me about the abandoned places I like to explore now. Mankind has only been around for a blink on Earth's gigantic timeline, and these old places remind us of that.

Abandoned Mondays - To celebrate these places I've tracked down a number of abandoned locations throughout Rhode Island and decided to make online shorts that cover their current state. Some will be somber and some will be pretty upbeat. I'm aiming to get the biggest places the state has to offer. Below I've included the first two videos in the series. The first place I visited was the Enchanted Forest Theme Park in Hope Valley Rhode Island that has been deserted since 2005. The second video is of Fort Wetherill in Jamestown, RI, derelict since shortly after WWII. Enjoy the videos and post up a comment if you have any questions or suggestions!

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Reply jess
10:22 AM on January 16, 2013 
hey just wondering if youd be willing to share your directions to enchanted forest theme park so that i may go and take some photos myself :) please and thanks