This house was shared with me by a fellow explorer. I decided to go and have a look since I was camping not too far away from there. It was definitely worth it. All old houses that I've explored have their own unique character, but this one had something extra. I don't know what, I couldn't put a name on it if I had to, but just... something.
On October 23, 1829, Richmond County purchased the property from Stephen Martino for $3,000. The Richmond County Poor Farm opened as a home for the sick, homeless, alcoholics, unwanted children and the elderly. When Staten Island became part of New York City in 1898, the farm would be renamed the New York City Farm Colony.
In 1995, The Government of Ontario under the Conservative Party, created a task force to look into "strict discipline", also sometimes referred to as "boot camp" for young offenders. After research, consultations, and visits to other similar institutions, the task force recommended a pilot project that, if successful, could be expanded.
The driveway is a bit long, as the property is set back off the road. This, like so many of the older places I've visited, had interesting characteristics, particularly the angles of the ceiling upstairs. I was surprised, however, to get a blast from the past in the basement with the discovery of an old Radio Shack TRS-80 computer.
I caught the briefest glimpse of this house as I was driving along, and slowed immediately, watching my left side for another look. In a moment, the trees along the side of the road broke, and I found a long driveway leading back to this house standing in the middle of the field. I pulled in, and feeling myself sliding on wet, soft ground, I put on the 4-wheel drive for good measure, and drove right up beside it.