We went out searching for an abandoned house in the woods. We didn’t find the house, but we did find this old graveyard.
So I guess cemetery is the proper term, but graveyard just sounds so much cooler and spookier.
About ten years ago a buddy of mine and I were trailblazing in the Mianus River Gorge nature preserve, trying to get to the end quicker, and we happened upon a small abandoned house in the woods. Naturally, we went in.
The house had a tiny footprint of no more than 200 square, seemed relatively old, and wasn’t occupied when we entered. There was a twin mattress inside, and a small second-floor loft, but that is mostly all I remember of the little brown shingled structure.
Ever since that day the place has been a fascination of mine. I’ve revisited those woods several times since, trying to find the house, but have never had any luck. On my last visit in October of 2019, I took some photos. We didn’t find the house but found something else.
First Some Background on Mianus
If “Mianus” sounds familiar, you may have been a fan of the show “Jackass” at one point in your life. The place, Mianus, is named after Native American chief Sachem Myn Myano, who lived in the lower Southwestern Connecticut area he is now named after before Connecticut was Connecticut (the 1600s). The proper pronunciation of his name is my-anne-o, and the area, my-anne-us. But the comical pronunciation of the area is my-aye-nus, or my-anus.
In the fifth episode of its first season, “Jackass” filmed a bit about the area where Johnny Knoxville and his buds ask local people stuff about their (my) anus. Here’s a clip (blurry, but hey):
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The Mianus Burial Ground
Isn’t it creepy that this cemetery seems to officially be called “burial ground” and not cemetery?
Here are some photos of the Mianus Burial Ground, located in the middle of the woods:
The next few are closer up. Can you make out any of the inscriptions?
A Random Bone We Found
From the cemetery we went on hiking, looking for the house. Found this bone. Not related to the cemetery, WE THINK! The bone was a decent way away from the cemetery.
The Mianus River Gorge
After a couple of hours and miles hiking, we gave up looking for the house. The season has turned colder now, so maybe we’ll look again in the spring. We were close enough to the end of the park that we decided to hike down to the gorge. Here are some photos of the valley where the reservoir begins:
A Photo of My Buddy Posing With A Tree
And Lastly, Remember, If You Ever Visit Here…
If you do ever go venturing out to find this little place in the woods (or any other cemetery) remember, be respectful!
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