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An update to this discussion about rural decline. I recently came across a historical survey of my town that the State did in 1976. It seems to have included most of our historical homes, farms, and such. I was shocked by some of the photos. I saw some homes that were in great shape & occupied at 100 to 200 years old that are now in rough shape & empty 40 years later, at least a few of which the owners are now considering tearing them down. Same with antique barns and even two now-abandoned churches. This is a combination of slow population decline, a less robust economy, and a generally tough environment for small farms struggling to survive. There’s no money left for maintenance of old structures, and little demand for old homes in need of significant maintenance and updating.