The Zombie Village of Johnsville, PA

When I was a kid growing up just outside Philly, there was a naval air station right up the road. It wasn’t a big one, or a famous one, or anything like that, but they did do some sort of research there. Next to the air station there used to be a fairly large neighborhood of base housing for the sailors stationed there. By a strange quirk of cross-country coincidence, my daughter now lives in the neighborhood next to the one where I grew up.

Yesterday afternoon we went to the park. I was screwing around with my phone, and wasn’t paying attention to where we were going, but I didn’t recognize the park at all. Eventually though, I figured out that the park is what’s left of that air station. As we walked the bike path around the park, we came to the edge of what used to be that base housing.

The entire neighborhood is abandoned, boarded up, and overgrown in places like the playgrounds (the lawns are still obviously being mowed though). I took a few shots to try and capture the weird, creepy feel of the place, but I don’t think I did it justice. It’s so empty and abandoned, yet so neat and orderly. The juxtaposition plus the research is dystopian in some way that makes me think of a viral outbreak in some science fiction novel.





…obviously involving zombies.