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Afton Mountain: Victim of Progress

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The back side of the main lodge contained the entrances to the second floor rooms, as well as an exterior door above that most likely served as the way to access the attic.  In front of these second floor rooms, weeds grew tall, providing evidence that the Skyline Parkway Motel was closed and abandoned, and had been that way for some time.  The back side of the main lodge contained the entrances to the second floor rooms, as well as an exterior door above that most likely served as the way to access the attic.  In front of these second floor rooms, weeds grew tall, providing evidence that the Skyline Parkway Motel was closed and abandoned, and had been that way for some time.

The back side of the main lodge contained the entrances to the second floor rooms, as well as an exterior door above that most likely served as the way to access the attic.  In front of these second floor rooms, weeds grew tall, providing evidence that the Skyline Parkway Motel was closed and abandoned, and had been that way for some time.


The third room from the right (as seen from the front) appeared to have experienced a fire in it at some point, and the damage was never repaired.  That particular room showed smoke damage around the exterior of the back side window.  In front, this room had no curtains, and had a higher number of broken windows than most rooms.  The third room from the right (as seen from the front) appeared to have experienced a fire in it at some point, and the damage was never repaired.  That particular room showed smoke damage around the exterior of the back side window.  In front, this room had no curtains, and had a higher number of broken windows than most rooms.

The third room from the right (as seen from the front) appeared to have experienced a fire in it at some point, and the damage was never repaired.  That particular room showed smoke damage around the exterior of the back side window.  In front, this room had no curtains, and had a higher number of broken windows than most rooms.


And now, on to the cabins!

And now, on to the cabins!


There were two guest rooms in each cabin, and each cabin had a single entrance, which both rooms shared.  The entrances faced the hill that The Inn at Afton is located on.  The cabins appeared even more run down than the main building.  There were two guest rooms in each cabin, and each cabin had a single entrance, which both rooms shared.  The entrances faced the hill that The Inn at Afton is located on.  The cabins appeared even more run down than the main building.

There were two guest rooms in each cabin, and each cabin had a single entrance, which both rooms shared.  The entrances faced the hill that The Inn at Afton is located on.  The cabins appeared even more run down than the main building.


Between two of the cabins, a set of stairs led to the bottom of the driveway, which looped around the main building, past the cabin entrances, around the other side of the cabins, and then back to the main building.

Between two of the cabins, a set of stairs led to the bottom of the driveway, which looped around the main building, past the cabin entrances, around the other side of the cabins, and then back to the main building.

Between two of the cabins, a set of stairs led to the bottom of the driveway, which looped around the main building, past the cabin entrances, around the other side of the cabins, and then back to the main building.


As was the case with the main lodge, weeds grew out of almost any place they can find, with some growing to large sizes.  As was the case with the main lodge, weeds grew out of almost any place they can find, with some growing to large sizes.

As was the case with the main lodge, weeds grew out of almost any place they can find, with some growing to large sizes.


Also just like in the main lodge, broken glass was everywhere...  Also just like in the main lodge, broken glass was everywhere...

Also just like in the main lodge, broken glass was everywhere…

Also just like in the main lodge, broken glass was everywhere...



These buildings certainly didn't look like they would be housing anyone any time soon.  According to some people that I met working near the buildings, they said that the cabins were then being used for storage, and that the owner eventually wanted to demolish them.  These buildings certainly didn't look like they would be housing anyone any time soon.  According to some people that I met working near the buildings, they said that the cabins were then being used for storage, and that the owner eventually wanted to demolish them.

These buildings certainly didn’t look like they would be housing anyone any time soon.  According to some people that I met working near the buildings, they said that the cabins were then being used for storage, and that the owner eventually wanted to demolish them.

These buildings certainly didn't look like they would be housing anyone any time soon.  According to some people that I met working near the buildings, they said that the cabins were then being used for storage, and that the owner eventually wanted to demolish them.


The Skyline Parkway Motor Court's gate lodge sat in front of the Skyline Parkway Motel's cabins.  This motel appeared to have undergone a number of modifications since it first opened, as the front section (glassed in) of the gate lodge did not appear in postcards, and a number of the buildings looked considerably different than the postcards indicated.

The Skyline Parkway Motor Court’s gate lodge sat in front of the Skyline Parkway Motel’s cabins.  This motel appeared to have undergone a number of modifications since it first opened, as the front section (glassed in) of the gate lodge did not appear in postcards, and a number of the buildings looked considerably different than the postcards indicated.


These buildings did not appear to be part of the original construction, looking newer than other parts of the Skyline Parkway Motor Court complex.

These buildings did not appear to be part of the original construction, looking newer than other parts of the Skyline Parkway Motor Court complex.


However, original or not, it had still decayed considerably, in this case due to the roof's being in poor shape, which caused considerable damage.  Additionally, the sidewalk in front of these rooms had settled to the point where it was noticeable that the sidewalk was slanted.  However, original or not, it had still decayed considerably, in this case due to the roof's being in poor shape, which caused considerable damage.  Additionally, the sidewalk in front of these rooms had settled to the point where it was noticeable that the sidewalk was slanted.

However, original or not, it had still decayed considerably, in this case due to the roof’s being in poor shape, which caused considerable damage.  Additionally, the sidewalk in front of these rooms had settled to the point where it was noticeable that the sidewalk was slanted.


These buildings appeared original, though they appeared to have been painted since their construction.  These buildings appeared original, though they appeared to have been painted since their construction.

These buildings appeared original, though they appeared to have been painted since their construction.


Paint job or not, the buildings all sat in ruin, with old machinery as well as the old Chevron signs from the Afton Mountain Convenience Store sitting on the ground nearby.  These buildings experienced a fire in 2002, causing a major roof cave-in.  The fire was determined to have been arson, with a pair of former Dooms firefighters pleading guilty to setting it, according to The News Virginian.  Paint job or not, the buildings all sat in ruin, with old machinery as well as the old Chevron signs from the Afton Mountain Convenience Store sitting on the ground nearby.  These buildings experienced a fire in 2002, causing a major roof cave-in.  The fire was determined to have been arson, with a pair of former Dooms firefighters pleading guilty to setting it, according to The News Virginian.

Paint job or not, the buildings all sat in ruin, with old machinery as well as the old Chevron signs from the Afton Mountain Convenience Store sitting on the ground nearby.  These buildings experienced a fire in 2002, causing a major roof cave-in.  The fire was determined to have been arson, with a pair of former Dooms firefighters pleading guilty to setting it, according to The News Virginian.


Lastly, these motel rooms also sat abandoned, though they appeared in much better condition, likely because unlike the others, this building was still in use, with the Tourist Information Center located beneath the abandoned motel rooms.

Lastly, these motel rooms also sat abandoned, though they appeared in much better condition, likely because unlike the others, this building was still in use, with the Tourist Information Center located beneath the abandoned motel rooms.

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