Hazen-Lewis Home | Bradford County, FL | c. 1900s
One of the more 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. But while the wheels of progress continue to chug along, 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. Their first son, Emanuel, was born here in 1874 when American was just 17 and Daniel was 20. They would go on to raise 9 children in this home, all of whom were born right here. Countless dinners, holidays and afternoons on the porch were shared by a family who called this place home.
Daniel passed away here in 1924 and America continued to live on the property until the 1940s when she moved to Tampa to pass her final days with one of her daughters.
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. 1904.
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.