The Abandoned Howey-in-the-Hills Mansion

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I’ve always been fascinated by old abandoned buildings, so when Rudy and I were headed back to St. Pete from our last outing in the Ocala National Forest, we decided to take a drive by the abandoned Howey Mansion and see if we could snap some photos of it.

Located in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, the 20 room 7000+ square foot mansion was built in 1927 by real estate developer and citrus grower, William John Howey, who lived in the home with his wife Mary Grace Hastings until his death in 1938. The home was sold to Marvel Zona in 1984 following the death of Mary Grace, and was ultimately lost to foreclosure and has now been sitting vacant and neglected since 2008.

I had seen the mansion twice before on my way back home from trips to Mount Dora, but was only able to catch quick glimpses of it through the wrought iron driveway gates before being chased off by irritated (rightfully so) neighbors. The abandoned home has drawn quite a few onlookers over the years and according to several online sources, quite a few of those people have been arrested for trespassing both in the mansion itself and on the grounds of the property.

Although it has been sitting vacant and neglected for many years, the dilapidated mansion still exudes an air of elegant dignity and while I don’t feel the photos below do justice to its grandeur, hopefully you can still get a sense of the haunting beauty it possesses…

Abandoned Howey in the Hills Mansion

Howey in the Hills Mansion
Howey Mansion Front Door
Abandoned Howey in the Hills Mansion
Front of the Howey Mansion
Abandoned Howey in the Hills Mansion
Front of the Howey Mansion
Abandoned Howey in the Hills Mansion
Front of the Howey Mansion

Abandoned Howey in the Hills Mansion

Abandoned Howey in the Hills Mansion

Abandoned Howey Mansion
Howey Mansion Backyard
Abandoned Howey in the Hills Mansion
Fountain behind the Howey Mansion

Abandoned Howey Mansion

Abandoned Howey Mansion

Abandoned Howey Mansion

And here are a few in black and white (I think I like these better)…

Abandoned Howey Mansion

Abandoned Howey in the Hills Mansion

Howey in the Hills Mansion

Howey 1

Howey in the Hills Mansion

I’m unable to comment as to whether or not I made it inside of the property to take pictures, however if I did make it in, I’d be willing to bet that the interior was probably even more exquisite than the exterior.

And that’s all I have to say about that. πŸ˜‰

Alrighty then…that’s all for now.

Later gators!
Steph

P.S.
I’ve had my head buried in work for the last few months but my projects are now (mostly) complete and I’ve got a bunch of adventures lined up for spring and summer, so stay tuned… πŸ™‚

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10 Responses

  1. Chris Jenke
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    This place looks so cool! Is this near St. Pete?

    We’re taking off on a week long road trip around Florida next Saturday and might just have to add this place to our list.

    • Steph
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      Hi Chris,

      It’s in Central Florida about 2 hours from St. Pete near Mount Dora. If you decide to stop by the mansion, I’d definitely drive through Mount Dora while you’re in the area- it’s a really cute little town.

      I hope you have a great time on your road trip! πŸ™‚

  2. Mermaid Girl
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    OMG I’ve seen pictures of this place on Instagram and have been DYING to go take a look!

    Do you know what the status of the home is? Is it for sale?

    Beautiful pictures as always, Steph. I can’t wait to see what your spring and summer adventures will be!

    • Steph
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      I’m pretty sure that it’s for sale, and I believe that there is a group trying to raise money to purchase it and then restore it.

      Thank you for stopping by- I appreciate your positive feedback and look forward to sharing more adventures with you! πŸ™‚

  3. Ocalex
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    These photos are wonderful Steph. Your Insta account is one of my favorites. Keep up the amazing work lady!

    • Steph
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      Awww, thank you so much- I really appreciate the compliment!

      Thanks for stopping by and reading! πŸ™‚

  4. Allison Flavio
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    Girl – those photos are intensely beautiful but creepyyyyyy! Thanks for the intro the abandoned mansion & giving us all a cool insider view πŸ™‚

    Sending happy hump day vibes your way – xoxo!
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    • Steph
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      Haha- thanks Allison! It’s a little bit creepy, but really is such a beautiful sight to see. I’ve talked to a few people who have gone inside at night to photograph it, but I don’t think I would be that brave.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting- I hope all is well with you!

      Steph πŸ™‚

  5. Deb
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    Taking the Grandkids for an adventure to Howey in the hills mansion!

    • Steph
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      Oh cool- I’m sure they will love it- I hope you guys have a great time! πŸ™‚

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