How’d You Like To Buy Your Very Own Ghost Town?
Johnsonville, Connecticut, is a 62-acre historic village comprised of gorgeous New England houses, a general store and a one-room schoolhouse. It’s also a ghost town — and it could be yours! Johnsonville goes up for auction today with a starting bid of just $800,000, just in time for Halloween. The beautiful town has been abandoned three times in its history, and has currently stood empty for over 20 years. Could it be a curse or a haunting that drove out its previous dwellers?
From the 1830s through the 1950s, Johnsonville was a successful mill town, but as the industry modernized, jobs disappeared. The town dwindled and remained abandoned until the 1960s, when millionaire Ray Schmitt attempted to turn the town into a theme park. That never got off the ground, and when he did in 1998, the town was once again deserted. A hotel developer then bought the land in 2008, only to put it back on the market in 2013 for $2.9 million. It was never sold, so from today through Thursday, the eery village will be made available to the highest bidder. Do I see a sprawling B&B on the horizon? A nature retreat? A future thriving community? Or is it destined to remain deserted for reasons that only the paranormal among us can understand? Even the property video is a little creepy in its simplicity. The thought of those dreamy Victorian houses slowly dilapidating makes my skin crawl, but not enough to risk some kind of Poltergeist-y curse! For more beautiful, eery photos of the property, check out the images shared on MessyNessy Chic.
[Image via Chris Michael/MessyNessy Chic]