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Summer 2008.  Photo by CharlesB.
Old church, built in 1880, Orleans County, hamlet of Shelby.  CharlesB writes 'No denomination stated – signs were removed – asked occupants of nearby house and they told me “protestant”.  Not in bad shape.  Rather large for a rural setting, also a substantial wing – parsonage and/or church hall." and "Back boundary is a corn field, could not find a “handyman”, but notice the new hose by the doorway to the basement – someone is making an effort to keep the flowers watered, etc. though abandoned, not neglected yet." 
County location correction courtesy of Craig Bacon, Niagara County Deputy Historian
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Summer 2008.  Photo by CharlesB.
Another side 
CharlesB writes that "There are now big openings to the outside in all three sections. Stuff has been thrown out into the snow."  Also, updated pictures from CharlesB, taken January 2011:


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Summer 2008.  Photo by CharlesB.
A view up at the steeple 
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Summer 2008.  Photo by CharlesB.
The front 
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Summer 2008.  Photo by CharlesB.
Side door 
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Summer 2008.  Photo by CharlesB.
Bricks in need of repair. 
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May 2010.  Photo by CharlesB.
Intersection of NY Routes 263 and 78, Erie County; small old gas station/repair shop. When opened it was on a sparsely traveled 2-lane highway, semi-rural setting and now the road is a 4-lane highway amid suburban sprawl. It is very busy and one of the main commuter entry and exit routes into the City of Buffalo. Note unique roof, in the photo below.
 

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May 2010.  Photo by CharlesB.
Close-up

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May 2010.  Photo by CharlesB.
The garage area 
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May 10, 2010.  Photo by CharlesB.
Village of Royalton, Niagara County, Gasport Road, to Royalton Ravine County Park trailhead.  CharlesB writes that "These homestead ruins are set way back in a truly wild area. Which makes it odd that Belva Lockwood, born in the house in 1830 (incorrect, as noted below - webmaster), became someone of notoriety. She was the first woman to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court. She was also the first woman to run for President of the United States – first in 1884 and again in 1888.  It is 1.1 miles from the trail head. It couldn’t have been easy going to and coming from her home in 1830." CharlesB had to cross a 195 foot wooden suspension bridge (see photo below) at 0.8 miles to get to these ruins, and there are ravines in back and front of me and a swirling creek below.  Charles also writes "Belva was the nominee of the Equal Rights Party. You can learn more of her at the National Women’s Hall of Fame Web site www.greatwomen.org." 
Wikipedia entry on Belva.
Note - some of the above info is likely incorrect; please see the guest comment below.

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The suspension bridge. 

Comments from visitors:
On 06/15/12 Jesse Bieber, Town of Royalton Historian writes "Just an FYI. Belva Lockwood was not born here. She was born on Griswold Street in the Town of Royalton. She also never lived at these ruins as far as anyone knows. Her husband, Uriah McNall, owned and operated a sawmill that was very close to these ruins. He died from the result of an accident at the sawmill. Belva ran the sawmill for a few years until she sold it. Belva and her husband probably lived with his father on the Chestnut Ridge Road. " 


May 10, 2010.  Photo by CharlesB.
Another shot, doorway and fireplace.
Updated pictures from CharlesB, taken January 2011:


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May 10, 2010.  Photo by CharlesB.
Yet another shot ruined wall.
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May 10, 2010.  Photo by CharlesB.
The stone work.
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May 10, 2010.  Photo by CharlesB.
Old doorway, grafitti.
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May 10, 2010.  Photo by CharlesB.
One of the fireplaces.
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May 10, 2010.  Photo by CharlesB.
Another side.
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May 10, 2010.  Photo by CharlesB.
Old rusted bolt in foundation.
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May 2010.  Photo by CharlesB.
Old house, corner of Lewsiton Road and Knowlesville Road, Genesee County.
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May 2010.  Photo by CharlesB.
Another view, porch.
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May 2010.  Photo by CharlesB.
Another view, side.
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May 2010.  Photo by CharlesB.
Another view, porch door.
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