Nowadays, exploring abandoned buildings can be considered more of an art form than a dangerous hobby.
Urban exploration has its risks, but they can be completely worth it for the experience…especially when the result means coming face-to-face with forgotten parts of history. Take, for example, this old one-room school house that a pair of urban explorers decided to check out.
This is the Ingraham Hill School House today.
It sits on a rural piece of land across from a working farm.
Both visitors and locals alike have spread a dark rumor about its past.
As the legend goes, a teacher in the late 1800s went crazy and tried to burn down the school house with all of the children locked inside.
However, this isn't fire damage.
If you look closely, the boards are rotting due to water damage.
The structural instability and damage due to rot is why officials have sealed the main entrance to the school.
The only way in is through a small tunnel that someone dug under the building.
Even though the "dark" past isn't completely accurate, visiting this school at night is still creepy.
Urban exploration can cause people to jump to conclusions about the history of buildings…
…especially when those buildings have a graveyard nearby.
If you believe the dark story about the fire, this graveyard is where the victims were buried.
However, as you can see from these interior photos, there is no fire damage.
Although you may want to believe ghosts call this schoolhouse a home…
It's just a creepy remnant of the past.
My hat is off to these explorers for braving the local ghost stories to get these shots. I don't think I would have made it past that tiny tunnel.
Updated May 27, 2016, thanks to user submission by Gabbi.