Here’s a question. What would you think if we told you that time traveling is a real thing? Would you assume that we’re joking? Or that we read too many science fiction books? Fair enough. Time traveling is a mysterious concept wrapped in thousands of legends and myths and most of us will probably never figure it out whether it’s a real thing or just another creation of the seemingly limitless human imagination. Though some people are at times lucky enough to get their chance of diving a few centuries back into the past. One of those people is a photographer named Rebecca who recently had a chance to takes a look inside an eerie cottage built in the 19th century that turned out to be a historical treasure chest.
Image credits: Abandoned NI
Rebecca is a photographer with a passion for exploring old abandoned buildings full of history. Recently on her webpage called Abandoned NI, she shared a post about a 19th-century farmhouse that she got a chance to explore and photograph. “An artist follows my page and his brother in law inherited the cottage,” explains the photographer.
This house is located in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and it was lived in until 2015 by three brothers who did their best to keep all of their family’s history untouched. The last brother who lived here was named Dessie and he stayed here alone among the relics of the past.
“Every house or building I document has a different vibe. Some friendly, some not. This house felt like it was still warm and it was dead of winter, I think that’s testament to Dessie and his family who lived here” Rebecca told Bored Panda.
Here Rebecca found loads of old books, magazines, papers, photographs, frozen clocks, and old letters from more than 100 years ago. “It was so interesting because of the valuable social history that was behind the walls. It looked very unassuming from the outside so I was quite pleasantly surprised!” the photographer shared with us. One of the things she found was a newspaper that documented the aftermath of the sinking of the Titanic back in 1912.
“I love the not knowing what you’re going to find, some places are shells and some places are like time machines with items such as photographs, wedding dresses, pocket watches to name a few,” says the photographer and explorer Rebecca.
When asked, how she got into exploring abandoned buildings, Rebecca told us this: “I was in a paranormal group from around 2010. I was a team photographer and location finder. I came across a sprawling abandoned mansion on the north coast and the history just captivated me. I then gravitated towards the hidden forgotten history and showing this through the medium of photography. My body of work started to build and I opened the Facebook page abandoned Ni in April 2013 and the rest is history.”
This cottage first appeared on maps back in 1858!
When asked, what was the most interesting thing Rebecca has found in a building she was exploring, she told Bored Panda this: “I found a wedding dress in an old rural farmhouse one time. The house had loads of religious relics in the house, including dead crows hung from the inside of the windows! I was gobsmacked to find the dress, it’s on the page.”
“I also visited Belgium last year and visited an old hospital. I walked into one of the first rooms which was a bathroom, it was like a horror movie scene! Blood splatter up the walls and a large crucifix in the corner – so I took off and was nearly leaving. I talked myself around and decided to go back. On closer inspection, it was fake blood and looked like a previous set up! The image is also on the page,” says the photographer.
“I’m always looking for new properties to document, if you own a place like this and want a record of it please get in touch through Abandoned Ni on Facebook or www.abandonedni.com. I’m open for travel!” Rebecca added.