Five Places You Must See Before the Polar Vortex

Overlook Mountain House, Woodstock NY  Photo by Forsaken Photography
Overlook Mountain House, Woodstock NY
Photo by Forsaken Photography

With record snow and epic cold, last winter was rough on all of us, but many abandoned places felt the impact particularly hard. Many ruins experienced significant damage, from crumbling walls to buckling floors. In some cases, entire structures were destroyed by wind and snow. We hear from Hudson Valley Weather that this winter is not looking good, which might spell trouble for some of our beloved abandonments. We recommend you check these five out now, before the snow makes visiting no fun at best and perilous at worst.

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Bannerman Castle Photo by Forsaken Photography

Tours of Bannerman Island and Castle are closed for the season but excellent views can be had from the shoreline. Despite heroic efforts at destabilizing the remains of the castle, recent winter storms have been very hard on this iconic structure. More info here.

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Widow Jane Mine, Rosendale NY Photo by Danny Morris Photography and Design

A worthwhile visit in any season, Widow Jane Mine can get pretty cold (and icy) when the temperatures drop, so we suggest a visit soon. Tours ended Labor Day but there may be exhibits, meetings and even chances to visit the mine by calling The Century House.

 

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Bennett College, Millbrook NY Photo: AHV

We’ve already told you that Bennett College is off limits except from outside the fence, but with the snows coming and the wrecking ball not far behind, the time to see this incredible place is now. Need directions? We recommend Google.

 

Wyndcliffe Mansion, Rhinebeck NY Photo: A. Milford
Wyndcliffe Mansion, Rhinebeck NY
Photo: A. Milford

Located on a private road in Rhinebeck, Wyndcliffe Mansion has withstood the test of time, but how long can that elegant brickwork survive these brutal winters? Should you visit, please respect the privacy and wishes of neighbors and please use common sense when photographing.

Overlook Mountain House, Woodstock NY  Photo by Forsaken Photography
Overlook Mountain House, Woodstock NY
Photo by Forsaken Photography

Overlook Mountain House is one of the few remaining ruins of the era of grand Catskill Mountain lodges, and fortunately there is still plenty to see. In the summer, one must watch out for timber snakes, and in the winter, snow and ice make the hike less than breezy, so the time to get up the mountain is now. More info here.