On a recent road trip my girlfriend and myself headed out to photograph what has been labelled by many as the most photographed abandoned house in Ontario. The infamous Palmyra house has attracted photographers from all over Ontario who want to capture its haunting demeanor. The Palmyra House is a haunting example of Ontario’s many abandoned houses. Unlike many abandoned houses of this age it sits in a wide open lot with very few trees hiding it, which to me adds to its mystery and splendour. Many abandoned house are covered with overgrown brush and hidden amongst trees.
The Palmyra house was built in 1845 and originally owned by the Guyitt family. I am not certain but most likely a homesteader setting up a farm. There are no ruins or foundations that would hint of a barn being on the site, but most likely at one point in its history there was.
This house was once covered in brick, in a few of the photos you can see what left of brick near the peak of the roof. The current owned had the bricks removed for salvage. The brick was most likely added later in the history of this house. Most homestead houses where wood clad, but as the farm thrived, improvements would be made. After a brief conversation with a neighbour of the property, I was told the new owners son had plans to build a new house on the property and the structure would be coming down in the coming years.
The Palmyra house is a classic abandoned house with such character and beauty and still standing over 150 years later. The exact location of the Abandoned Palmyra house which is located just outside the small town of Palmyra in Ontario can be found on our Abandoned Places Database Map.