Photos: January 17th – January 24th, 2017
In keeping with our abandoned farms series, today we look at the ruined farmhouses adjacent to Buckland Town Park on the old Gonsenhauser property.
The farms — one still having a partial sign indicating its last inhabitants, the Groos family — cast a stark contrast to the rest of manicured Brighton. Eerily set on Westfall Road, they might be the last abandoned structures in Brighton. The ruins include two silos, two abandoned homes, and other dilapidated buildings and sheds.
This photo appeared in The Times Union in 1967 under the headline “600 Acres Up for Sale.” The article stated that “Brighton cattle baron Max Gonsenhauser, who owns the largest single block of property in Brighton, today declared he was ‘cutting down’ on his cattle business and indicated 600 acres of property is for sale. Gonsenhauser, who began farming in Brighton on borrowed money and on a rented farm after fleeing Nazi Germany in 1938, sold 228 of his finest milk cows from a Victor farm in 1964 after he suffered a heart attack.” from Historic Brighton News
And, yes, they are haunted.
UPDATE: On May 17th, 2020, I revisited this spooky specter of Brighton.
At first, all seemed placid.
Still placid as I approached the rear of the old barn.
We think of Brighton as a leafy town, peopled with conventional citizens typical of the 2020s, i.e. holding unimaginative conceptions of the supernatural. But I learned Brighton is also home to a clan or tribe who live on different metaphysical planes.
Our fellow citizens also enjoy a nearby cabin.
The reading material of our otherworldly neighbors confirmed my expectations. Our spectral superiors see us as mindless, one-dimensional thinkers
Abandoned Farm: A Gallery of Photographs by George Payne
Do the troubled spirits of John and Irene walk the Brickyard Trail? Probably not. At the Brighton Library, Matt Bashore unveils the twists and turns of the crime and punishment
Visiting a Talker haunt: the Brickyard Trail with Leslie Frances and Audrey
Exotic animals once lived next to the Highland Crossing Trail