Friday Night Picture Show: Old House Dreams

Allow me to share a new hobby of mine – Old House Dreams. This is where I can look at listings for, and pictures of, beautiful, creepy, old houses that need someone special to love them. Sadly, the only way that special person will ever be me is if I manage to become rich, because I am neither handy, nor willing to learn to be handy.

I’d love to pay fine craftspeople fair wages  to bring such places back to life though.

Old House Dreams is a personal blog, not a commercial site. This is from the about page:

I’ve been fascinated with old houses since I was a teenager. I was the girl that grabbed real estate magazines off the stands, cutting out my favorites to add to my scrapbook of nonsense. As an adult I bombarded my moms inbox with houses that neither of us could ever buy but we both enjoyed looking at. In 2009 I started Old House Dreamer (later changed to Old House Dreams) to share my finds.

Each week I search every state, looking for houses that are as original as the day they were built, although some have been updated they all have the unique charm and history that only old houses can possess.

I hope this site inspires those that are thinking about buying an old house to take the plunge (it has before), or give ideas for those restoring, or the rest of us a place to day dream about what could be.

At Old House Dreams you can create a profile and save your favorite houses. I have a lot of homes in the Mid-Atlantic region saved (because a girl can dream, right?) but I also look for just-plain-interesting properties as inspirations for future story settings.

Here are just a few I discovered as I poked around tonight.

Click the pic to be whisked to the listing and more photographs, including interiors, of these beauties:

ohd WI cream brick exterior 30 years abandoned

Abandoned 30 years. Built 1864. Wisconsin.

Already salvaged and destroyed.

Already salvaged and destroyed.

stone wall

In Maryland. Has a surrounding stone wall.


PS Don’t forget to submit your pics for #HauntedPhotoAWeek in February.

New and old original shots are both appreciated.


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Friday Night Picture Show: The Inaugural (January, 2014) Induction to the #HauntedPhotoAWeek Winner’s Gallery.

I know this is dated Saturday, but I’m still awake, so it’s still Friday night 😀


Of the photographs submitted in the month of January, 2014,

these were my favorites. Thank you, contributors!!



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Friday Night Picture Show: I miss Halloween.


These were taken the night BEFORE Halloween 2013, when we attempted to do Twisted Ding Dong Ditch.




As of today, there’s only 40 more weeks to wait! Yep, Halloween is going to be on a Friday night this year.


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