Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ever see the Inn at Buck Hill Falls?

Saturday was a great day for just getting in the car and taking a drive. So my daughter and I headed north, to the Poconos area.
She wanted to do some shooting -- with a camera, not a gun -- and decided to head to the long-empty Inn at Buck Hill Falls. More than a decade ago, she had been there when they actually had part of it open at Halloween as a haunted house. MTV also did some filming there at one point for its Fear show.
You can see why it qualified, from this photo I snapped Saturday.

And here's another...
It's a huge, sprawling place. This is only a portion of it. It's near a small town called Mountainhome, but don't go looking for it. While we were there, a somewhat nasty man pulled up in a pickup truck, said he was the caretaker and that we were trespassing. Now we had made sure we didn't go beyond the marked area, and had been there a few times before and had taken photos, without incident.
But he claimed the entire road was a "private road," and that it was marked at either end. Now we saw no such signs, and there were plenty of private homes on the road, so that seemed a bit doubtful. But we made a little pleasant conversation and then were on our way. No need to poke the dog, after all.
Will we go back? Time will tell. The caretaker claimed the inn  was "going to be restored to its previous life."
A posting below the no trespassing sign about a zoning hearing for condos, a hotel and apartments made that seem a bit less likely. This place probably has  been empty since about 1991 .... can't imagine what it would cost to restore it.
But, despite cranky man, it was a great day.
Hey, it even snowed a bit!

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