House of the Dead

While traveling across the South from town to town, you may notice some of the finest properties are often funeral homes. The funeral profession has a long history of service provided by families with deep-rooted connections to the community. Situated in the town’s historic district, this grand Victorian mansion dates back to the late 19th century. The family-owned funeral home served the community for over a century before closing several years ago.

abandoned Victorian funeral home
In the 1970s, the property was added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the local historic district.
abandoned funeral home
A series of storms severely damaged the roof of the old funeral home causing the owners to relocate. Signs of water damage and mold can be seen throughout the house.
Funeral Parlor
The owners left mostly everything behind in hopes of one day returning and reopening.
Funeral Parlor
Sadly, the historic funeral home continues to deteriorate. A portion of the ceiling has collapsed from water damage. Black mold is visible on the sheetrock.

abandoned funeral home

abandoned funeral home

Funeral Parlor

Funeral Parlor
Since the funeral home has been shuttered, a homeless man has taken up residence. His personal belongings and trash are scattered throughout the parlor rooms.
abandoned funeral home
Casket brochures and smelling salts were mixed in with a pile of old mail in the main office.
abandoned funeral home
At one time, the family lived upstairs in the home.
Funeral Parlor
Paint peels off the walls in the former embalming room.
Mortuary
The cabinets remain full of partially used makeup as well as old embalming chemicals. The styrofoam heads would have been used for wigs.
Funeral Parlor
A jar of Dodge Lip Wax sits mixed in among the old makeup and nail polish. Lip wax would hide cracks, cuts, or discolorations. The wax is easily molded and will not crumble or peel.
abandoned funeral home
A diagram of the arterial system hangs on the wall in the embalming room.
Funeral Parlor
The Porti-Boy Embalming Machine is manufactured by The Embalmers’ Supply Company. The glass dome holds a mix of embalming chemicals and water for dilution. A hose from the embalming machine is connected to a cannula and inserted into a cut made in the carotid artery to pump fluid throughout the heart and body. A cut made from the jugular vein drains out the blood through a tube down a drain at the foot end of the table.

abandoned funeral home

Mortuary
An early morning fog surrounds the old Victorian house.

 

 

 

 

 

17 Replies to “House of the Dead”

      1. At least include contact info in case someone is interested in purchasing the property to save the building. There has to be a contact, or the photographer would have been trespassing.

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      2. I understand the reasoning for not disclosing exact locations of these interesting places; however it seems at least the state/county/nearby city or town, could be made known. If a homeless person is living there, guess the owners don’t care. And yes, thank you for posting these abandoned places of interest!

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      3. Clearly this isn’t a time when location was withheld to “protect” a property. The place is falling apart, and a homeless dude is trashing the place. How is the property being protected?

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      4. Think of the photographer as a reporter protecting his sources. If he were to list the locations, he/she would lose their reputation and no one would trust them to photograph their property.

        Anyone interested enough and willing to do the work, as the photographer does, can find the property themselves.

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  1. I’m amazed that so many things are left behind. It’s like everyone just decided to leave and didn’t bother with their belongings. It is fascinating to see it all sitting there and at the same time, it is sad that antiques and such a lovely building were left to rot.
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful places.

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  2. 1. ASE generally keeps the location private because of prying eyes. Imagine of this was your property and you had snoops. Wouldn’t like it, would you?

    2. Are you going to scoop it up, make the repairs needed and keep it up to standard, since it’s on the National Register of Historic Places? Yeah, didn’t think so. And I’m thinking ASE is up and up enough to get contact information on the places he photographs and permission on said places before he photographs them and is up and up enough to not give that information out to the public.

    But both of you are probably more than welcome to travel around the Southeastern United States in hopes of trying to find these places.

    As for the homeless man: You don’t know the situation with the local authorities. Squatter’s rights is a huge deal and it has happened a few times in my hometown. Perhaps the owners are fighting to get the homeless man out.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this beautiful building. What a gift that it still has original fittings and furniture for us to see. I look forward to the next email.

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  4. It took me hours, but I have looked at every single post you have made and all the photos and history behind each of these are absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing these 🙂

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  5. @Abandoned Southeast wonderful pics and awesome illustrations, i have to say I just came your work randomly but I’m very intrigued. Said I was going to sleep hours ago but I can’t put my phone down, your photos are a work of art and the historical data you collected is interesting and educational. I love what your doing please, keep up the great work.
    Also , thanks for not charging me to view your talents, and soak up ur knowledge.
    👀🧠💝

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