The Site
The Site

The approach along a grassy driveway off of Imeson Road. Barn on the left, the Company House on the right.

The Barn
The Barn

The barn was a simple structure, with large bays for the tractors and equipment. Corrugated steel on timber, dirt floor...pretty basic.

Uncle Chan’s Garage
Uncle Chan’s Garage

Large sliding doors along the sides of the barn were sized for the tractors and the occasional car.

Foo Gwah
Foo Gwah

A bitter melon and favorite of the adults.

Patched Patch
Patched Patch

Corrugated steel endures the Florida weather.

The Company House
The Company House

The offices and housing for the workers. Uncle Chan and his family lived here after the main operation closed down.

Doorways
Doorways

I was always curious as to why there were multiple doors into this house. Six, counting the ones on the other side.

Business Center
Business Center

Farm offices are usually cluttered with an assortment of strange things stuffed in desk cubby holes. There were actually two desks in the main office, with a safe. A portrait of my great Grandfather and Grandmother overlooks the operation

Uncle Chan
Uncle Chan

My father’s younger brother, who wondered what I found so interesting in the old barn.

Open to the Fields
Open to the Fields

Sliding doors allowed quick access to the fields.

Barnscape
Barnscape

Inside the barn looking east. A big cooler sits to the right. There was usually a large flatbed truck parked in the center. This was the main loading and shipping area, and always busy.

Unplugged
Unplugged

Things are always pretty simple in the barn, when you want something “on” you plug it in

Westside of Barn
Westside of Barn

More stacks of wood and hardware on the ground. It always felt dark and damp on this side of the barn.

Bean Sprout Room
Bean Sprout Room

Uncle Chan grew bean sprouts for many years after the main farm operation shut down. He supplied most of the restaurants in Northeast Florida.

Mezzanine Ladder
Mezzanine Ladder

This was the only way to the mezzanine, which was about 15 ft above the ground. Note that some of the rungs were makeshift. It was a hazardous climb.

Mezzanine View
Mezzanine View

The mezzanine was always scary, probably because there were no railings or real stairs, you got up here by ladder. The barn seemed to always have its own random organization of things scattered about.

Cathedral Ceiling
Cathedral Ceiling

The barn had a simple structure and on this particular day the feeling was spiritual.

Crates and Barrels
Crates and Barrels

A mezzanine contained storage for shipping crates and large barrels. I guess it was easy to throw these down to the ground level when needed.

Hoist
Hoist

A convenient place to pull an engine or lift a big piece of equipment.

Former Workhorse
Former Workhorse

The tractor has seen many miles. There were 7 other tractors that were sold before I started the project.

Spring
Spring

Comfort came in limited forms on the tractor seat.

Discs
Discs

One of the many tractor “accessories.”

Work in Progress
Work in Progress

Something was still going on here near the tractor.

Ball Peen Hammer
Ball Peen Hammer

Another project suspended for a moment in time.

Scattered
Scattered

The dirt floor in this corner of the barn was covered with bolts and hardware, perhaps a drawer spilled over?

Seedling Cans
Seedling Cans

Small cans were placed around seedlings in the early spring to protect them against frost. There were thousands of these piled in a corner of the barn.

Return For Deposit
Return For Deposit

There was an old Coke vending machine in the corner, unused for many years. I can always remember Grandfather offering me a “cold drink.”

Spirit
Spirit

Unused for years, this tool waits for a hand to bring it to life.

Door Latch
Door Latch

Seems to work, along with a safety release.

The Scale
The Scale

The big scale in the shipping area used countless times. I remember always weighing myself whenever I came into the barn.

Crate of Crates
Crate of Crates

The wooden crates that held the fresh vegetables. These would go directly on the trucks to be delivered or sent to the airport. Only later was any refrigeration used.

Offering
Offering

On a small table I found this arrangement of incense, tea cups, and fruit. Made me pause for a moment to reflect on what I was doing.

Yesterday’s Ride
Yesterday’s Ride

This looks like my tricycle but I think most of them looked the same back in the day. I later learned that this belonged to my Uncle Quon.

Utility Shed
Utility Shed

This shed has almost been reclaimed by nature. It was filled with boards and pieces of wood. My Uncle Gat told me he built this shed to hold his workout equipment, that’s why the roof was raised.

Farm for Sale
Farm for Sale

The fate of many farms in our country.

Chinese Farmhouses
Chinese Farmhouses

The houses were immaculate, inside and out.

Grandpa's House
Grandpa's House

Grandfather's house was designed by Danny Bau, a University of Florida Architecture professor. The design had an open plan with contemporary furniture.

6238 Imeson Road
6238 Imeson Road

Grandfather’s house and his long driveway from Imeson Road. I remember the road was unpaved, but Grandfather had a nice concrete drive.

View from Grandpa's Garage
View from Grandpa's Garage

The two cedars are overgrown and the driveway cracked. Flowers were always growing in the planters.

Legalities
Legalities

Part of the process of deconstructing the past, another piece of property is repurposed for a different use. I’m interested to know what becomes of the property. It may take a while to find out.

The Site
The Barn
Uncle Chan’s Garage
Foo Gwah
Patched Patch
The Company House
Doorways
Business Center
Uncle Chan
Open to the Fields
Barnscape
Unplugged
Westside of Barn
Bean Sprout Room
Mezzanine Ladder
Mezzanine View
Cathedral Ceiling
Crates and Barrels
Hoist
Former Workhorse
Spring
Discs
Work in Progress
Ball Peen Hammer
Scattered
Seedling Cans
Return For Deposit
Spirit
Door Latch
The Scale
Crate of Crates
Offering
Yesterday’s Ride
Utility Shed
Farm for Sale
Chinese Farmhouses
Grandpa's House
6238 Imeson Road
View from Grandpa's Garage
Legalities
The Site

The approach along a grassy driveway off of Imeson Road. Barn on the left, the Company House on the right.

The Barn

The barn was a simple structure, with large bays for the tractors and equipment. Corrugated steel on timber, dirt floor...pretty basic.

Uncle Chan’s Garage

Large sliding doors along the sides of the barn were sized for the tractors and the occasional car.

Foo Gwah

A bitter melon and favorite of the adults.

Patched Patch

Corrugated steel endures the Florida weather.

The Company House

The offices and housing for the workers. Uncle Chan and his family lived here after the main operation closed down.

Doorways

I was always curious as to why there were multiple doors into this house. Six, counting the ones on the other side.

Business Center

Farm offices are usually cluttered with an assortment of strange things stuffed in desk cubby holes. There were actually two desks in the main office, with a safe. A portrait of my great Grandfather and Grandmother overlooks the operation

Uncle Chan

My father’s younger brother, who wondered what I found so interesting in the old barn.

Open to the Fields

Sliding doors allowed quick access to the fields.

Barnscape

Inside the barn looking east. A big cooler sits to the right. There was usually a large flatbed truck parked in the center. This was the main loading and shipping area, and always busy.

Unplugged

Things are always pretty simple in the barn, when you want something “on” you plug it in

Westside of Barn

More stacks of wood and hardware on the ground. It always felt dark and damp on this side of the barn.

Bean Sprout Room

Uncle Chan grew bean sprouts for many years after the main farm operation shut down. He supplied most of the restaurants in Northeast Florida.

Mezzanine Ladder

This was the only way to the mezzanine, which was about 15 ft above the ground. Note that some of the rungs were makeshift. It was a hazardous climb.

Mezzanine View

The mezzanine was always scary, probably because there were no railings or real stairs, you got up here by ladder. The barn seemed to always have its own random organization of things scattered about.

Cathedral Ceiling

The barn had a simple structure and on this particular day the feeling was spiritual.

Crates and Barrels

A mezzanine contained storage for shipping crates and large barrels. I guess it was easy to throw these down to the ground level when needed.

Hoist

A convenient place to pull an engine or lift a big piece of equipment.

Former Workhorse

The tractor has seen many miles. There were 7 other tractors that were sold before I started the project.

Spring

Comfort came in limited forms on the tractor seat.

Discs

One of the many tractor “accessories.”

Work in Progress

Something was still going on here near the tractor.

Ball Peen Hammer

Another project suspended for a moment in time.

Scattered

The dirt floor in this corner of the barn was covered with bolts and hardware, perhaps a drawer spilled over?

Seedling Cans

Small cans were placed around seedlings in the early spring to protect them against frost. There were thousands of these piled in a corner of the barn.

Return For Deposit

There was an old Coke vending machine in the corner, unused for many years. I can always remember Grandfather offering me a “cold drink.”

Spirit

Unused for years, this tool waits for a hand to bring it to life.

Door Latch

Seems to work, along with a safety release.

The Scale

The big scale in the shipping area used countless times. I remember always weighing myself whenever I came into the barn.

Crate of Crates

The wooden crates that held the fresh vegetables. These would go directly on the trucks to be delivered or sent to the airport. Only later was any refrigeration used.

Offering

On a small table I found this arrangement of incense, tea cups, and fruit. Made me pause for a moment to reflect on what I was doing.

Yesterday’s Ride

This looks like my tricycle but I think most of them looked the same back in the day. I later learned that this belonged to my Uncle Quon.

Utility Shed

This shed has almost been reclaimed by nature. It was filled with boards and pieces of wood. My Uncle Gat told me he built this shed to hold his workout equipment, that’s why the roof was raised.

Farm for Sale

The fate of many farms in our country.

Chinese Farmhouses

The houses were immaculate, inside and out.

Grandpa's House

Grandfather's house was designed by Danny Bau, a University of Florida Architecture professor. The design had an open plan with contemporary furniture.

6238 Imeson Road

Grandfather’s house and his long driveway from Imeson Road. I remember the road was unpaved, but Grandfather had a nice concrete drive.

View from Grandpa's Garage

The two cedars are overgrown and the driveway cracked. Flowers were always growing in the planters.

Legalities

Part of the process of deconstructing the past, another piece of property is repurposed for a different use. I’m interested to know what becomes of the property. It may take a while to find out.

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