I have a passion for exploring abandoned places. Something about old ruins, empty buildings, and desolate areas just excites and fascinates me. I like to imagine what could have taken place there once upon a time. Over the past summer, I did a lot of exploring, and now I'd like to share about my adventures -- starting with this awesome place in Rockingham, North Carolina.
It's the Great Falls Mill Ruins -- originally built in 1869 and used up until the Great Depression. Then the mill caught fire in 1972, and all that's left now is some of the frame and scraps of old machinery. It can be found just off the highway at 307 W Broad Avenue in Rockingham, NC. Be warned: the surrounding area is completely overgrown with itchy weeds that are waist-deep, so dress appropriately. But you can't miss it; it's directly beside the highway.
Walking around this serene area, it was very peaceful and pretty. I adored the huge brick wall that was left standing, reaching up to the sky. It was also neat finding old rusty bits of machinery half hidden in the grass. Beyond the ruins is a little waterfall and creek. It was a really pretty place! When I visited this site, it was a super hot day in May, but I would love to see it again sometime in the cooler months.