The House in a Hole Is History

Back in 2014, Niece Laurie asked if I knew the story behind the “house in a hole” on Campster Drive just north of the Drury Inn. I had always wondered about it, too. so  went to my best source, Mother.

She knew the woman who lived there, Mrs. Earl Siemers, from church, but she didn’t think she’d talk with me.

I gave it a shot, but Mother was right, as I should have known. Mrs. Siemers would talk with me only if I promised it would be off the record. In the real world, I’d have honored the request, but then I would have done an end-run to find a source who WOULD tell me the whole story. You folks don’t pay me enough to go to all that trouble, so I left things vague.

I posted a photo of the house and an aerial map, and, true to form, my readers told me “the rest of the story.”

Click on the photos to make them larger, then use your back-arrow to go back to the story.

Laurie the Stalker

House in a Hole 11-18-20

Niece Laurie must be some kind of House in the Hole stalker because she tipped me in November that it looked like the house was going to be demolished.

It was almost sundown when I got around to checking it out, so the light wasn’t great. It did look like the white siding had been stripped off the building, so I figured its days were numbered.

What’s funny is that the photos I liked best were not of the house. I loved the trees, outbuilding and leaves in the late, Golden Hour light.

Dandelion and leaves

House in a Hole 11-18-20

I was impressed with the last dandelion of the season struggling to peek out from beneath the leaves.

The Things Left Behind

House in a Hole 11-18-20

I’ve always been a sucker for the things that are left behind when homes are abandoned. I raised the question, “What would you take?” to go with a blog post about an abandoned house in St. Mary.

I wondered how many flies that swatter had dispatched in its life.

Here was the naked house

House in a Hole 11-18-20

I didn’t spend much time shooting the house because the light was lousy, and the building wasn’t all that interesting in its naked state. (I bet that’s the first time I’ve written that.)

Soon nothing will be left but memories

House in a Hole demolition 12-22-2020

When I was running errands on Tuesday, I happened to look over the hill and saw that the yellow Cat had ripped out the trees I liked so much, knocked down the outbuilding, and crunched the house down to the basement.

If a few days, all that will be left will be memories, and those will fade, too.

House in a Hole

House at K and I-55 07-18-2013Niece Laurie Everett of Laurie Antiques fame, sent me a question: “One place in Cape that has always intrigued me is the little house that sits in the middle of chaos out by Wal-Mart, Drury Hotel and White Castle. Have you ever done a story on it?”

As it turned out, I had just looked at photos of that house the day before while I was figuring out what I had shot but not run.

When Science Buddy Jim Stone was in town chasing a monster magnet up the Mississippi, he stayed at one of the hotels near it. When I picked him up, I said I needed to pause long enough to shoot some house mug shots for a follow-up story. Well, I’m easily distracted, so the photos have been languishing in my “get-around-to-it-some-day” file.

Here’s a hint

House in Hole MapA reader who saw Laurie’s question pointed me in the direction of an aerial map that shows where the house is. Glad to see Cape County has a great mapping tool.

He has a piece of the story: “the little white house by Wally World is the gentleman that used to own all that property.  Obviously, the Drury family was the purchaser and the rest of the development is history.  The gentleman will live there as along as he wants/able to.”

I’ll have the real answer for you when I get to Cape next month. In the meantime, you can click on the photos to make them larger. The little pin-thing marks the location of the house.