Abandoned 1968 Time Capsule

This house is one of the top abandoned locations I ever had the privilege of exploring in Ontario. It was shared with me by a photographer known as The Secret Lens. The house sits along a main road in a small Southern Ontario town. The land is used for farming and the house could be easily mistaken for being lived in. It was purchased by John and Katerina in 1951.

I don’t have any information as to what happened to the family except to say that it still remains in the family name.

When I visited in 2015 the power was still working.

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bedroom lamp with power

The era is evident with this cool pole lamp, a modern fixture of the 70’s.

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pole lamp


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wallpapered bedroom and retro bedframe
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What could be the master bedroom with cool wallpaper put up over that crappy wood covering. Is it any wonder the wallpaper didn’t stick? The safe box you see on the dresser had a hand grenade inside of it. I was never able to find it as it was hidden by others who found it, but it was there.

The bedframe is certainly vintage.

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retro living room

The living room is perhaps the highlight of the house. The old reclining chair, wallpapered stairs, and the aerial television.

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Looking at the opposite end of the living room we see another pole lamp and not-that old couch.

retro clocks
very old clock radio and clock

A quite old clock radio (AM only) and a smaller clock clearly go back several decades.

Photo of Somewhere House
Photo of Somewhere House
kitchen hutch

In the kitchen is a hutch with collectibles placed on the shelves, a bottle of alcohol and some papers.

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Down in the basement you’ll find it’s not so much different than that of the upper living room. Carpeted floors, old television and chairs.

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Photo of Somewhere House
Photo of Somewhere House
Photo of Somewhere House
Photo credit: Talker
Photo of Somewhere House
Photo credit: Talker

There is water damage in the kitchen.

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Photo credit: Motleykiwi


Katerina was born in Slovakia on April 29, 1910 and died August 13, 1968. John was born in 1905 and passed away in 1993. Based on the items inside the house it looks very much like John would have moved out around 1968 and perhaps went into a retirement home.

I returned in 2018 to a much different house.

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The living room has been largely cleared out and a drum kit has been set up.

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The basement has been filled from corner to corner with Christmas ornaments and assorted boxes. It’s difficult to navigate. What will become of this time capsule? Who can say.

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