ghost town

ghost town

GHOST TOWN Johnsonville Connecticut AUCTION Sale$800,000

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62-Acre Vintage Village For Sale in East Haddam, Connecticut built in 1846... Bids will start at $800,000 October 21 for a Ghost Town... The parcel is known as the Village of Johnsonville... It was an abandoned 19th Century Mill Village located two hours from New York City... Johnsonville in the 1870's was a thriving mill town as the mills used water from the Moodus River to operate... It was originally a company town built to house the workers of the Neptune Mill, which made twine and rope for the fishing industry... The original town included offices for the company, the mill, a library, post office, general store, houses for the workers, and a mansion built by the mill owner... The mill and village prospered together until the early 1900s, when the industry changed and the old-fashioned water-powered mill could no longer compete... Without major industry in the area, the residents left and the town was mostly vacant... It’s eight parcels...Permitted uses for the land include single-family housing, multi-family housing, retail, education and entertainment... It was a filming location for Billy Joel’s “River of Dreams” music video and the movie “Freedom” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. The land holds eight historical structures... Many were brought to the site to recreate the mill community... It has a pond, covered bridge, wooden dam and waterfall... Modernization brought the town’s water-powered mills to a halt, forcing the town’s population to move elsewhere making Johnsonville a Ghost Town... In the early 1960's Raymond Schmitt, an aerospace tycoon bought the property and moved 1800's buildings to Johnsonville. He erected new buildings and restored an old mansion during that time... The property was open to visitors and had special events like wedding's in the town's chapel that was moved there when Ray Schmitt bought the property and had receptions at the Red House Restaurant on his property... Ray Schmitt passed away in 1996 and work was never finished... The Property remained a Ghost Town... It is said that the Ghost of Raymond Schmitt roams "His Town" because he had so much love for it... Thanks to Carrie Leber narrating this video...