Looking for Historic Architecture in Your Area?

In this online workshop, I’ll take you through my process to find historic rural architecture to photograph, document, enjoy, invest in, no matter where you are.

We will cover my research methods that I go through beforehand and also, tips for finding more places while you’re out exploring.

This self-paced course focuses on RURAL historic architecture in America and is designed to be accessible to everyone, so the software I work with in the course is all free and easy to use.

Previous students have included:

  • Photographers
  • Genealogists
  • Film location scouts
  • Artists
  • Preservationists
  • Realtors

Have questions about whether this online workshop is for you?
Email me! kelly@theforgottensouth.com


The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.

This course is designed to be accessible to people from a wide range of backgrounds, abilities, and interest levels. Some past students have been: photographers of rural architecture, location scouts for films and shoots, a watercolor artist looking for old barns, genealogists, historic preservationists, property/land investors, and most commonly, folks who just enjoy rambling back roads!

No. Instead I’ll be teaching you a simple framework to help you find spots for yourself, no matter where you’re from or heading!

Required: A computer with reliable internet. Recommended: a smartphone (to help with mapping in the field), a camera to take photos (smartphone cameras are just fine!)

No. This course will not cover photography at all and you do not need to even have a camera to take this course- although a camera is highly recommended!


I’m Kelly Gomez and I have wandering the backroads of the United States since 2010 looking for historic rural architecture (mostly abandoned). I call this ‘Chasing Tin’ because of the rusted tin roof lines that are sometimes the most visible sign of present life.

In the time since I began, I’ve tracked down more than 800 places across 15 states and I’ll share everything I know with you about how I’ve found so many places.

You can follow my project here:

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