There is a certain type of fascination with abandoned or decaying buildings. Most people find them to be eerie or downright scary. However, there are some ruins that despite being worn down and decrepit, are somewhat magical. Although time was not on their side, here are 10 unbelievable ruins in Georgia that will take you on a trip down memory lane:
1. Central State Hospital
This is one of the most notable ruins in the entire state. The hospital sits abandoned with a history so rich and eerie, you can't help but be drawn inside. What was once a beautiful building, now has started rotting away, growing more frightening every year.
2. Dungeness Ruins
Nature has certainly started to reclaim this once gorgeous building. The Carnegie family were the proud owners of the property on Cumberland Island, but after a fire destroyed most of it in 1959, it began its decent into abandoned ruins.
3. Atlanta Prison Farm
Although it's a beautiful piece of Atlanta history, the prison farm is no longer legal to visit. However, some people still have been trespassing, by the looks of the colorful graffiti covering the abandoned ruins.
4. An Old Church in Sterling
This now defunct church was built in the late 1800s primarily for use by farmers. However, the church didn't gain enough traction with the farmer congregation throughout the years, and closed the doors in 1970s. What's left are the ruins of the building.
5. Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory
In the early 1950s, the Air Force and Lockheed Martin quietly built top-secret nuclear reactors in a forest near Dawsonville. However, after constant radiation pollution causing severe damage to the forest, the facility was sealed in 1971, and most of the structures demolished.
6. Pullman Yard
This old train yard has been abandoned for quite some time, although builders in Atlanta are trying to change things around. It's such a beautiful piece of land, even highlighted by some creative artwork and graffiti.
7. Harville House in Statesboro
This 19th-century house is as big as they get, with 14 rooms and two floors of space. However, what also is said to come with the abandoned property are lots of ghosts and eager-to-haunt spirits.
8. Deserted Mill in Lindale
This popular Mill in Lindale was destroyed by northern troops during the Civil War. Later it was restored, but has been officially out of commission since. It still is fantastic place to snap some photos, though.
9. Georgia Girl Drive-In
These ruins along US Hwy 17 near Woodbine are all that's left of what was once a popular diner run by the Whites. It kind of makes you hungry for a burger and malted.
10. Skull Shoals
Deep in the heart of Oconee National Forest are the remains of a ghost town, that once was home to the first paper mill in Georgia. Flood and the erosion of soil soon pushed everyone out, leaving the mill building behind to be taken over by nature slowly.
What do you think? Have you visited any of these spots in the state? We’d love to hear from you!