On Sunday Melony, Emily and I drove south to explore an abandoned helmet factory. It was a little off the beaten track and we had to stomp through plenty of tall grass and undergrowth to get there, so for the whole visit, I was scratching and imagining ticks and other bugs running riot inside my clothing. But on the plus side, the building was wide open as we approached so not having to climb through windows or over walls was a bonus.
We left the building and decided to travel in another direction and check out a town that has plenty of history, Petersburg. This city was the site of Fort Henry, an English frontier fort in the 17th century and is also one of the oldest free black settlements in the state. It grew as a transportation hub, being on the River Appomattox River, but seems to have declined some as we came across many abandoned buildings.
We drove onto the campus of Eastern and Central State Hospital, the first institution in the USA for 'colored persons of unsound mind'.
We gave up after circling the building and looked at our map to see where to go next. We had the coordinates of an abandoned hotel but once we arrived we saw that the power was still on and it had not long been left vacant. We'd spotted a large Ramada hotel across the way and drove to that.
click here. We were able to get inside but it wasn't that exciting. Scrappers had pulled the place apart and roof tiles along with cables hung from nearly every ceiling.