Hartford M.E. Church

When I came across this striking church in rural Illinois (est. 1876) I was tempted to grab some overalls and a pitchfork and rock an  American Gothic pose. Maybe next time. Have a great weekend everyone!

Pssst… just between you and me I removed two ‘contemporary’ basement windows and elongated the whole building a bit, etc. Don’t tell anybody, okay?

About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified

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84 thoughts on “Hartford M.E. Church

  1. Another masterful piece of art! Love the church. I did a photo series on rural churches in eastern KY years ago. We have moved so many times since then and now I have no idea where to lay my hands on them. Hope I still have them. Great subject matter and you do a great job with it.

    • Not… really.
      I’d have some ‘figuring’ to do to go large, and would have to find a good printer to work with, etc.
      BUT I really hope to make a book… some day. Many, many, days from now.
      I was in a show once or twice, (but those were collegiate things… so, you know. They needed somebody).
      Thank you so much, Ms. D!
      🙂

  2. I love a tin roof. The rain just goes rat-a-tat-tat and makes me so sleepy.
    We have a few of those types of churches around here.
    Nice shot!

    Deb xx

  3. illinois????

    i knew i could sense you roaming around my stomping grounds….
    wait, are you from around here or just wandering through?? if you are then how come i didn’t know this/ remember this??

    • Thank you so much, sir!
      I played with the border for quite some time hoping to get the balance right… it seemed to help a bit to me.
      This textures in this building were just too interesting to pass up!
      🙂

  4. a timeless image – the construction job to remove the windows and elongate the building notwithstanding. so who did you end up throwing in the dark? hope they had a flashlight 🙂
    seriously, another one with a great nostalgic feel. thanks for sharing!

  5. I’m not sure why but I’m reminded of a scrolling background from the old CastleVania video game. Not just the view point but also all of the sharp points. Quite cool.

  6. You know how they say a picture is worth 1000 words? I think I can write a story around this church.
    PS – next time the overalls, definitely. 🙂

  7. Your lovely picture evokes memories of a covered bridge and a tiny coal-mining town in Pennsylvania. I spent every August with my grandmother there as a child.
    I cherish those memories. Your photo captures an entire era and a peace that I too often forget.
    Thank you my friend.

    • What a kind comment, Ms. B… thank you!
      The only thing nicer than hearing an image brings back present memories is actually hearing about those experiences… thank you again!
      🙂

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