Friday, November 22

What Happened to the Horse Farm?

On one of the back roads near my home there used to be horse farm - a beautiful white house with an impressive display of barns and outbuildings. I say "used to" because it's gone now. I am sure there is a long story about what happened to it and I have read little snippets about tax problems and general disagreements, but the point is that it was sold, and all hints point to it being purchased by a developer.
This property was beautiful, at least from the road. A map search online shows that it borders protected wild lands which makes it even more wonderful. However, I have no doubt that sometime in the near future, there will be a road put in and construction will begin on overpriced, poorly constructed homes made with the cheapest of materials.
In fact, it has already started. Below are some photos, courtesy of google, of what the farm looked like prior to sale:

And here are the pictures I took this past summer from my car:
The house was burned to the ground. All the landscaping ripped out or burned.

The chimney survived and well as some of the stone foundation.

The stone walls are still standing from one of the barns.

They tried to burn all the barns but, well, metal just melts.
Since I took these pictures, most of the remaining parts have been knocked down and removed. All that is left of the house are some very large slabs of concrete and a few large old trees that once shaded the home.
What I do not understand is why someone would do this. Wait, yes I do understand. Money. If, in fact, this property was bought by a developer, then they are going to be making some money. They will make a paved, winding road and line it with short, paved driveways. They will put up houses with the cheapest materials, using the lowest construction bidder. They will put in lawns and soak them with chemical fertilizer and put up a pretty sign and call the whole thing "Peaceful Acres" or "Rolling Meadows". And they will make a ton of money.
This place was beautiful. It had a history and it had potential as any type of farm or an amazing homestead. And it was just burned with no concern for that history, and seemingly no concern for environmental damage caused by lighting fire to anything in sight. At the very least, all the metal could have been recycled. Fittings and house parts like hardwoods and hinges could have been saved for reuse. Field stone reused. Barn beams reclaimed.
Now there will be houses, at the very least, with no history.
Call me crazy, but am I the only one who thinks that this whole thing is absurdly unsustainable?

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