By Josh Saunders
An abandoned funeral home that is over 150-years-old and was left to rot, eerily strewn with open caskets, a hearse and embalming chemicals.
Much like the corpses that were laid to rest the remains of this building too is slowly decomposing and decaying too.
Black mould has engulfed the walls and chipped tiles from the collapsed ceilings cover many of the floors, of the Moulton and Kyle Funeral Home in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Built in 1856, the site is now aged beyond repair, the only relatively pristine portions are the large empty caskets, glass jars holding chemicals to preserve the dead and a black Cadillac hearse.
Along with items ranging from music sheets to rotting furniture, a vase of fake flowers and a burial log detailing that it cost six dollars to be buried in 1896.
After the sites new owners moved out five-years-ago to a larger premises, the site was left abandoned and from there savaged by tumultuous and extreme weather.
The aftermath from the catastrophic Hurricane Irma last year alone saw nearly 200,000 people forced into shelters during the worst recorded flood to strike the area since the mid-1854.
The funeral home now lies a death trap, with the roofs capable of falling in at any moment and floorboards so rotten any visitor could easily fall through – which was filmed last month.
Urban Explorer Abandoned Southeast, who documented the site, said: “It appears that after the owner opened another funeral home across town this one was left abandoned.
“The downstairs was very dark. The carpet is wet and mouldy from the partially collapsed roof.
“The upstairs floors were soft from the water damage and you could easily fall through the floor if you were not careful.
“It is unusual, but that’s what I enjoyed most about it – the amount of things left behind.
“Old coffins on shelves, glassware used for embalming, early 1900s photographs of people – probably left over from funerals.
“There were also records from the funeral home itself, the oldest I saw dating back to 1896 when a funeral and burial only cost $6.
“The air inside is damp and thick from the partially collapsed roof and severe water damage.
“The carpet on the floors is moldy and most of the tiles from the ceiling and wall have disintegrated from the water damage.
“I had to watch my step, especially upstairs where the floor is giving way due to the open roof. The wooden floors were severely rotten and unsafe to walk on.
“The place is pretty amazing, but I think my favourite part would be the upstairs storage area, where dozens of photos and books from the early 20th century were left behind.”
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