Bricks + Mortar is introducing a new series, the picture. As a photography enthusiast and a preservationist, I have hundreds if not thousands of photos of historic places, landscapes and well… old stuff. And they need a home! Inspired by other photo series around the blogosphere, I think the picture is just the place for them to live.
The only resident of this abandoned house in Cadentown, an historically black Hamlet in Lexington, Kentucky, is a groundhog. He lives under the front porch. The stand of day lilies suggest a time when this home was loved and maintained. Just around the corner sits a Rosenwald School (in use from 1922-1947). (Unfortunately, the school sits behind the former Cadentown Baptist Church, which blocks the view of the school from the road so I don’t have any photos).
Cadentown was established after the Civil War as a settlement for freed slaves. In recent years, urban development has encroached upon this once rural district. It is now just a stone’s throw from Hamburg Pavilion, one of Lexington’s largest commercial centers with over 1 million square feet of retail space. This house sits in the path of a popular shortcut between Hamburg and a traffic-ridden thoroughfare and every time I pass it, I catch myself rubbernecking to see if there are any signs that someone might be rehabbing the property – which is how I happened to notice the house’s newest resident. I think I’ll call him Caleb the Cadentown Groundhog. What do think?
Do you know any more about this house? About the Cadentown Rosenwald School? About Cadentown itself? Leave a comment!
Nota Bene: I ran across some more photos of this house yesterday. Turns out there are TWO groundhogs living under the front porch. Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Groundhog of Cadentown?