I had begun to think there were no more fabulous abandoned Second Empire homes left since my favorites were all torn down. Then I ran across this one which I had seen before but am sure it was still occupied. Apart from the Mudhouse Mansion, it is the best abandon I know of, at least in Ohio. This is just East of Milan (pronounced MILL-un) which is an amazing little town in it's own right. One of the locals there informed me it was on the top ten list of towns in the US for preservation of it's historic buildings. It is also the birthplace of Thomas Edison. Unfortunately, Milan's propensity for preservation does not extend to the outlying area. This was only one of the abandonments I saw coming West on 113.
Check this out, maybe not abandoned:
And this excellent view:
And here on Youtube:
This information was posted on another picture of the place by a relative of the person who farmed this:
The "Schaeffer House", Milan, Ohio.
In 1843, Michael and Mary Elizabeth (Gambee) Schaeffer with nine children moved from Seneca County, NY to Milan, Ohio and settled on a farm Michael purchased from John Williams. Five more children would be born to their family after moving to Milan. They lived in a log house on the property until 1850 when Mr. Schaeffer built this substantial 3200 sf house that still stands today. In 1914, the house and farm were sold to Michael's son-in-law, Robert D. McLane who with his wife Loviah and four children moved from Stuben, Greenfield Township, Ohio. One more child would be born to the McLane's after moving to Milan. The McLane's lived in the "Schaeffer House" until 1924 when they moved to a farm north of Milan on the River Rd. Mr. McLane would farm that property until his retirement in 1948 at the age of 69.
Although unoccupied for the last decade and in the later stages of deterioration, it still stands as a monument to these families and their pioneering spirit.
Robert MeLane is my grandfather and my father James lived in this house from age six to sixteen. There are many living descendents of the Schaeffer, McLane and Williams families who in their life times have been in the house or heard stories of its interior grandeur and architectural excellence. We are sad to see it being neglected and its progressing deterioration that appears will only get worse.