Old Relic

Old Relic

One of the projects that I am currently working on is highlighting the state of Kansas.  I am working on photographing the landscape, historical places, but also some abandoned towns (ghost towns).  This building is the last remains of Silkville, KS in Franklin County.  The schoolhouse sits close to the current town of Williamsburg.

The town was established in 1870 by French immigrants who wanted to establish a town that relied on the silk trade.  The town was prosperous at first, but slowly declined.  In 1916 the remains of the town burned leaving the only three stone buildings, the school and two barns.  The school is all that fully remains today.

I spent some time photographing the schoolhouse as mist fell.  The fog created left a kind of eery feeling on the day as I photographed this historical and abandoned building.  As I photograph more I find that old buildings have a great story to tell.

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