In 1862, Emory Johnson constructed the Triton Mill at the northern end of a plot of land in East Haddam, Connecticut. Soon a little town was forming around the mill and they decided to call it Johnsonville, quickly booming into a true village over the next hundred or so years until eventually the mill was sold to Raymond Schmitt, owner of a controversial aerospace manufacturer in 1965.
Schmitt turned the once-thriving town into a tourist attraction, bringing in other Victorian-era buildings and hosting weddings and get-togethers on a regular basis. The village continued to exist as an attraction until finally the property was shut down and put up for sale in 1994. What has happened to this once-great town since will send shivers down your spine!
In 1994, Schmitt was getting old and found himself in a disagreement with local zoning officials. Instead of changing to fit the new regulations, Schmitt decided to sell the property.
Before he could actually find a buyer, Schmitt died in 1998 and many of the antiques were sold off by the estate. The property hasn’t had much luck since, despite these beautiful antique buildings and homes dotting the landscape.
Now the property lays vacant, having been bought and slated for re-development three separate times. Each one never came to fruition and many say it is because the ghost of Schmitt haunts the village. They say you can catch a glimpse of the old man’s shadows in the windows of the abandoned houses, glaring out and probably still just wishing that the property would sell.
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