The attraction of abandoned places, who worked or lived there? Why was the place deserted? Who made it? It could be places that you walk or drive by every day. Some I visit regularly, they are always changing, slowly being taken over by mother nature. One day they will be gone. The Hartford Woolen Mill is new to me. I have seen some photos on-line from fellow photographers and was able to figure out the location by using Google Earth.
History (from what I found on-line):
Built around 1930. The building is approximately 12,000 square feet. In 1949 John C. Cone assumed ownership of Hartford Woolen Company. I assume it was operated as a mill until 1960 when it was transferred in ownership to Christi Ambargis. Mr. Ambargis owned the mill until his death in 1996. During his ownership, it fell in disrepair. After his death, his wife relinquished any ownership and between 1996 and 2003 the state (DES) helped the town with contamination issues with the property. As of the year 2000, the town is the site owner. I was not able to find any photos online of when the mill was a working mill. I will keep looking.
The following photos were either taken on a tripod with the lowest ISO (50) and the smallest aperture (f/22) and 5 exposures at 1 stop apart. They were then blended in Photomatix and Lightroom. Handheld shots were taken at ISO 400 and the best f/stop, also with 5 exposures. I also took one roll with the Mamiya 645E with Ilford Delta 400 film. I am showing many shots in both color and black and white.
The complete collection can be found here.