Abandoned Farm House Outside Washington, Illinois

Update: Almost ten years later, in August of 2018, it was still standing with much of the undergrowth and trees removed. I have been documenting the house in the intervening years.

I had seen this abandoned farmstead on Old Highway 24, between Washington and Eureka, Illinois. Realizing that a tornado or strong winds, or just simply the owner, could demolish the structure any day, I convinced my parents to stop by on the way back from dropping my grandmother off in Eureka after a wonderful German dinner in Peoria.

The house sits up front, close to the road and still maintains a semblance of its original dignity. It looks like many farmhouses around here, but obviously worse for wear.

Around back is either a barn, or a corn crib. It was hard to tell through all of the underbrush that has exploded due to the large amounts of rain and sunshine.

Storm clouds were brewing, just an hour after driving to Eureka in the setting sunshine. I jumped back in the car, and told my father to hit the gas back to Morton.


  1. After looking at your photos of Stuckey's, I wanted to Google that farm and found you had taken pics of it too. There's a vehicle in that crib and the crib is no longer there. The owner has also posted a No Trespassing sign next to the front door frame.

  2. I have always wondered about this house. It's the closest thing to a ghost house there is around here. I'm from eureka and would always drive by it and wonder why it wasn't demolished. I'm surprised kids haven't lit on fire at some point as a prank.

    • Noooo!!!! Even after they spend money on new storm windows and a front door?

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