Linfield Industrial Park may just be our favorite adventure to date.
With 192 acres to explore and a plethora of buildings, it made for a beautiful adventure.
Please be advised that this area is posted as no trespassing and you should be aware that authorities do patrol this area.
With that being said, we parked near the park and walked through the state game lands to enter the park near the back.
Linfield has been abandoned for nearly 30 years but in its hey day it was home to several large corporations. One of which was the Kinsey Distillery. They used the warehouses on the property to store what was the worlds largest stock of aging whiskey, with the capacity to store over 1 million barrels. Now, the warehouse has been partially knocked down, and barrels can still be seen lying in the rubbish of this once astounding warehouse.
Still standing are the silos that held the grain to make the whiskey. After reading several articles on the Kinsey Distellery it seems there was a debate on whether or not the whiskey was made or stored here only. Here are some of the pieces of equipment we saw, in what we imagine, was used to make whiskey.
The amount of buildings on the property was vast, and the amount of time spent there really didn’t allow us to try and gain access to them all. Keep in mind that the majority of the buildings have had the doors and windows concreted shut, piles of dirt blocking the doors, or they are simply locked or so rusted you can’t open them. We did however gain access to one of the buildings which we found nothing inside except a few smaller pieces of machinery and an empty case of Yeungling.
After the Distellery closed it became home to a manufacturer of anti freeze and cleaning products. Now Linfield, although for sale, it lies abandoned and nature has taken over in some areas, as well as graffiti artists.
Should you visit Linfield? From an adventure and exploring opinion, YES! But keep in mind, this area is clearly posted as a no trespassing area and we believe the neighbors surrounding the property keep a close eye on the comings and goings.
What beauty is it that I could possibly see?
The feeling that at one point in time it was hustling and bustling with employees.
Linfield, at one time, was someone’s bread and butter. Now, it’s an abandoned, overgrown piece of land that sits on a peninsula surrounded by the Schuylkill River, somehow remains empty after 30 years. The beauty in it is that you are 30 miles from one of the country’s most populated cities (Philadelphia for those not from PA) and yet you somehow feel alone. With that comes an eerie sense, it absolutely causes us to look over our shoulders and be vigilant to noises around us while exploring. But in a world where it seems impossible to escape sometimes, it gives you a sense of clarity.
“A traveler is really not someone who crosses ground so much as someone who is always hungry for the next challenge and adventure.” Pico Lyer