An Abandoned House Along the Florida Railroad: Then & Now

Hazen-Lewis Home | Bradford County, FL | c. 1900s

Perhaps one of the most picturesque abandoned homes I’ve found, this beauty sits just along the railroad tracks in a sleepy rural town. For more than 100 years, trains have rolled by this home transporting timber, coal, limerock, and agricultural products that help to fuel Florida’s industries.

The Hazen House at it looked c. 1904

The wheels of progress continue to chug along, but time seems to stand still here at this homesite.

Daniel Webster Hazen built this home for his bride, America Caroline Douglas in the 1870’s. They would raise 10 children in this home, most of whom were born right here. Countless dinners, holidays and afternoons on the porch were shared by a family who called this place home.

While researching this property, I stumbled upon an old photograph of the railroad tracks through town with this very home standing on the left side of the frame c. 1903.

I imagine that Daniel never thought about what his home would look like in 130+ years, but I’d be happy to tell him that it’s just as pretty as ever.

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