This week's Throwback Thursday takes us to the quiet corners of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. During one of my many drives around the country roads that grace this part of the commonwealth, I stumbled upon the small hamlet of Mill River, which is a part of the town of New Marlborough. At the main intersection of Mill River, I came across one of the old directional signs that Massachusetts is famous for. Photo taken March 2007.
Vineland is a small ghost town located in southwest Orange County, Florida near the junction of Florida State Road 535 and Interstate 4. Vineland is somewhat unique due to it largely being squeezed out of existence by Lake Buena Vista which is the company town where Disney World is located. Vineland was founded in the late 1800s as Englewood. The town name of Englewood changed to Orange Center in 1911 before finally assuming the name Vineland in 1924. Much like the rest of Orange County the community of Vineland was centered around Citrus Grove. In the case of Vineland said orange groves were centered around Ruby Lake. The end of Vineland came as the Disney Corporation began purchasing parcels of citrus grove land to build Lake Buena Vista. Vineland fell into a sharp decline in the 1960s but the community managed to continue to exist to modern times. Much of the street grid of Vineland still exists east of FL 535 but most of the original structures are either gone or falle