This ghost town is for sale

Why not buy an entire town – a ghost town at that. A town that was thriving in the early 1800’s.

It’s for sale. It’s been for sale before but it fell through. Now here it is again and for only $1.9 million, it could be yours.

You just have to invite the right kind of people to live here and it just may work out.

A Connecticut ghost town sits abandoned along the state’s namesake river, complete with a post office, a church, a bank and a smattering other Victorian-era structures. The quaint hamlet of Johnsonville, once a flourishing mill town, is now on the market for $1.9 million.

Sherri Milkie, the real estate agent handling the listing, hopes to see the tiny town in East Haddam resettled after after 20 years of quiet. Founded in 1802, Johnsonville last served as the historical hobby of a wealthy and eccentric industrialist named Raymond Schmitt, she said.

Schmitt expanded the property and relocated several period-appropriate buildings to the land. The beautiful three-story barn came from Vermont, Milkie said, while the meeting hall and general store came from within Connecticut.

A schoolhouse and a livery stable helped round out the old-timey buildings that sat around Johnsonville Mill Pond, which today sit in varying states of repair.

The Neptune Twine and Cord Mill Factory, which first anchored the village in the early 1800s, burned down in 1972. The home of Emory Johnson, the mill’s founder, sits on the property to this day.

The town’s idyllic nature lent itself to several on-screen appearances, as Vice noted, including the music video for Billy Joel’s 1993 single “The River of Dreams,” as well as the Cuba Gooding Jr. film Freedom and the horror movie Deep in Darkness. A National Geographic show called Abandoned explored Jonsonville as well.


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